Built between 1989 and 1996, the V8-powered Shamal supercar was the ultimate expression of Maserati’s long-running Biturbo family. Maserati’s mainstream model throughout the 1980s, and the first series-production road car to employ a twin turbo-charged engine, the Biturbo saloon debuted in 1982.
Designed by the Maserati Design Centre in collaboration with ex-Bertone stylist Marcello Gandini, a man with an enviable selection of the world’s most desirable cars to his credit, the Shamal was powered by a compact 3,217cc 32-valve V8 engine producing 325bhp, good enough for a top speed within a whisker of 170mph. To fully utilise all this power within a relatively small, front-wheel drive package, Maserati turned to class-leading technology in the form of electronically controlled, driver-adjustable active suspension, developed in conjunction with Koni. Allied to this was an ingenious Ranger differential, which Maserati claimed offered traction comparable to that of four-wheel drive systems. The Shamal did not arrive in the UK 1992 and by the time production ceased only 369 examples of this most exclusive modern Maserati had been made, only 23 of which were right-hand drive.
This Shamal was delivered to Enineer Caliri who was part of Maserati´s development division. This Shamal´s engine was, according to the seller, used for engine tuning experimentation for the forthcoming One-make race series and the engine pushes out as much as 435 bhp as opposed to the standard Shamal´s 330. The car has been in a well known private Italian collection since 1995. A rare chance to acquire a classic Maserati.