As early as 1983, Maserati introduced a four-door branch in the Maserati Biturbo family tree, which followed a parallel evolution to the coupé and Spyder, without interfering with the more upmarket Quattroporte range.
Thus in 1990, the 4.24v. mirrored the 2.24v. as a saloon alternative, exploiting the latest 4-valve per cylinder, 4 overhead camshafts evolution of the V6 engine.
Styling-wise, blacked-out chrome trim, specific bumpers and rocker panels along with a very discreet spoiler on the boot conferred a very sporty yet refined allure to this high-performance saloon.
The independent suspension featured active electronic control on all four wheels, whilst the interior’s plush mix of leather and wood trim conveyed a feeling of exclusivity. 384 cars were sold between 1990 and 1992, before it was replaced with the second series.
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All Maserati models introduced from the Biturbo’s inception in 1981 until 1997 were based on the original Biturbo architecture. Among them the coupés as the 2.24v. and the Racing, saloons as the 420, 425 and 430, the convertible Spyder, the Karif, the 228, the later grand tourers like Shamal and Ghibli II, as well as the Maserati Barchetta which used an ultimate version of the biturbo V6 engine.
Maserati 4.24v In Detail
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1990 – 1992|
|aspiration||Twin IHI Water-Cooled Turbos|
|valvetrain||DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl|
|displacement||1996 cc / 121.8 in³|
|bore||82 mm / 3.23 in|
|stroke||63 mm / 2.48 in|
|power||182.7 kw / 245.0 bhp @ 6200 rpm|
|specific output||122.75 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||178.83 bhp per tonne|
|body / frame||Unit Steel|
|driven wheels||Front Engine / RWD|
|front brakes||Ventilated Discs|
|rear brakes||Ventilated Discs|
|front wheels||F 40.6 x 17.8 cm / 16.0 x 7.0 in|
|rear wheels||R 40.6 x 17.8 cm / 16.0 x 7.0 in|
|steering||Rack & Pinion|
|f suspension||MacPherson Struts w/Telescopic Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar|
|r suspension||Semi-Trailing Arms w/Telescopic Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar|
|curb weight||1370 kg / 3020 lbs|
|wheelbase||2600 mm / 102.4 in|
|front track||1458 mm / 57.4 in|
|rear track||1460 mm / 57.5 in|
|length||4400 mm / 173.2 in|
|width||1730 mm / 68.1 in|
|height||1370 mm / 53.9 in|
|transmission||ZF 5-Speed Manual|
|top speed||~230 kph / 142.9 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~6.1 seconds|
|fuel capacity||80 litres or 21.12 gal.|