Become a Member: Get Ad-Free Access to All Our Content

1998 De Tomaso Guara

1998 De Tomaso Guara

The De Tomaso Guarà is based on the Maserati Barchetta Stradale prototype from 1991. The Guarà was launched at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show. It came in both a coupé, spider and also as an open barchetta.

Fibreglass, Kevlar, and other composites make the body shell, fitted to a backbone chassis. The suspension is true Formula 1 and IndyCar technology with independent upper and lower wishbone with pushrod front and rear end suspension. The Guarà is known for its highly agile handling which makes it a bit too “nervous” for the average driver. The Guarà has no luggage space at all, the area under the front being taken up by the racing-style suspension. The large, distinct rims are by Marchesini.

First, the Guarà was built using technology and interior parts from BMW but later all cars came equipped with Ford/Visteon (Canada) parts and engines. The Guarà was never homologated for US sale, although one engineless example was sent to the US importer of De Tomasos. However, at least one of the Ford powered Guarà coupés has been imported into the US and has California license plates.

Production ceased when De Tomaso switched to the Ford engine as the new powerplant did not leave enough room for the canvas. As for the Maserati Barchetta the designer is Carlo Gaino of the “Synthesis Design”. The first cars were sold in 1994 and were selling up till around 2005.

1998 De Tomaso Guara Gallery

See full 1998 Detomaso Guara Gallery here


In Detail

engine V8
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 4600 cc / 280.7 in³
bore 91.4 mm / 3.6 in
stroke 91.4 mm / 3.6 in
compression 10.5:1
power 296.0 kw / 396.9 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 86.28 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
torque 501.7 nm / 370.0 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
front tires F 245/40ZR-18
rear tires R 285/35ZR-18
front brakes Vented Discs
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Vented Discs
r brake size mm / in
front wheels F 45.7 x 43.2 cm / 18.0 x 17.0 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 53.3 cm / 18.0 x 21.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion
curb weight 1134 kg / 2500 lbs
wheelbase 2609 mm / 102.7 in
front track 1631 mm / 64.2 in
rear track 1661 mm / 65.4 in
length 4191.0 mm / 165.0 in
width 2029 mm / 79.9 in
height 1199 mm / 47.2 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~276.8 kph / 172.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.9 seconds