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 byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1990 – 1996
built atItaly
body stylistMarcello Gandini
production369
engine90° V8
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationTwin IHI Water-Cooled Turbos
ignitionElectronic Ignition
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedElectronic Injection
displacement3217 cc / 196.3 in³
bore80.0 mm / 3.15 in
stroke80.0 mm / 3.15 in
compression7.5:1
power243.1 kw / 326.0 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output101.34 bhp per litre
bhp/weight226.23 bhp per tonne
torque432.51 nm / 319.0 ft lbs @ 2800 rpm
body / frameUnitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheelsRWD
front tires225/45 ZR 16 MXX
rear tires245/45 ZR 16 MXX
front brakesVentilated Discs
rear brakesVentilated Discs w/ABS
front wheelsF 40.6 x 20.3 cm / 16.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 22.9 cm / 16.0 x 9.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionMacPherson Struts w/Telescopic Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionSemi-Trailing Arms w/Telescopic Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1441 kg / 3175 lbs
wheelbase2400 mm / 94.5 in
front track1512 mm / 59.5 in
rear track1550 mm / 61.0 in
length4100 mm / 161.4 in
width1850 mm / 72.8 in
height1300 mm / 51.2 in
transmissionGetrag 6-Speed Manual
top speed~270.4 kph / 168.0 mph
0 – 100 kph~5.3 seconds