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. Intended to challenge BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the luxury sporting saloon market, the unitary-construction Biturbo featured all-independent suspension, disc brakes all round, and an interior boasting sumptuous leather upholstery and plentiful wood veneer trim.
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, rear-wheel drive package, Maserati turned to class-leading technology in the form of electronically controlled, driver-adjustable active suspension, developed in conjunction with Koni.
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 it pushes out as much as 435 horse power as opposed to the standard Shamal´s 330. It has been in a private collection since 1995 in Italy. A rare chance to acquire one of the last classic Maseratis’ ever made.
|Auction||Autosport International January 2016|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||Italian Registered|
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