1990→1996 Maserati Shamal


1990→1996 Maserati Shamal

1990→1996 Maserati Shamal

Named after a warm wind in the Mesopotamian desert, the Shamal marked a radical evolution in the Biturbo family tree. Styled by Marcello Gandini – designer of the Khamsin and Quattroporte II in his Bertone days -, it was a proper 2+2 coupé with a very aggressive stance. It used a modified Biturbo shell with new body panels and a completely new rear section. The wheelbase was the same as the Karif’s, but the cabin allowed more room for rear passengers.

Meant as an all-out performance GT, the Shamal inaugurated the new generation of V8s which would subsequently power the Quattroporte IV and 3200 GT. The new unit boasted 4 DOH camshafts 4-valve-heads and the usual twin-turbo, twin intercooler set-up, good for a staggering 326 hp and 436 Nm of torque from 3.2 litres. The Getrag 6-speed manual gearbox was the first one mounted in a production Maserati, and indeed an advanced feature for the time.

Clad in 245-wide Michelin MXX (225 at the front) with a wider track, the car has redesigned rear suspensions and an electronic adaptive damping system all around. The top claimed speed was 270 kph (169 mph) on the later versions. The fact that Maserati managed to sell 369 units of this powerful beast was certainly no mean achievement.

Story by Maserati S.p.A.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1990 – 1996
built at Italy
body stylist Marcello Gandini
production 369
engine 90° V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Twin IHI Water-Cooled Turbos
ignition Electronic Ignition
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Electronic Injection
displacement 3217 cc / 196.3 in³
bore 80.0 mm / 3.15 in
stroke 80.0 mm / 3.15 in
compression 7.5:1
power 243.1 kw / 326.0 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 101.34 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 226.23 bhp per tonne
torque 432.51 nm / 319.0 ft lbs @ 2800 rpm
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels RWD
front tires 225/45 ZR 16 MXX
rear tires 245/45 ZR 16 MXX
front brakes Ventilated Discs
rear brakes Ventilated Discs w/ABS
front wheels F 40.6 x 20.3 cm / 16.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheels R 40.6 x 22.9 cm / 16.0 x 9.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
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 1441 kg / 3175 lbs
wheelbase 2400 mm / 94.5 in
front track 1512 mm / 59.5 in
rear track 1550 mm / 61.0 in
length 4100 mm / 161.4 in
width 1850 mm / 72.8 in
height 1300 mm / 51.2 in
transmission Getrag 6-Speed Manual
top speed ~270.4 kph / 168.0 mph
0 – 100 kph ~5.3 seconds