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Maserati Shamal

Maserati Shamal

Maserati Shamal

1992 Maserati Shamal
Photograph by Alistair Cox

1992 Maserati Shamal
Photograph by Alistair Cox

1992 Maserati Shamal
Photograph by Alistair Cox

1992 Maserati Shamal interior
Photograph by Alistair Cox

Year (of specifications) 1992
Engine 3217 cc Twin Turbo V8
Transmission 6 speed manual RWD
Max speed 168 mph
0-60 mph 5.3 seconds
Horsepower 325 bhp @ 6000 rpm
weight 1417 kgs / 3123 lbs

The Maserati Shamal, of which 53 were built, was designed by the Maserati Design Centre in conjunction with Marcello Gandini.

The Shamal was powered by an all-aluminium 3217 cc quad-cam, twin-turbo V8 developing 325 horsepower and 320 ft-lbs of torque. This was mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels.

The suspension mechanism of the Maserati Shamal benefitted from a sophisticated mechanism which used a system of interacting levers to ensure that, not only do the wheels remain completely square relative to the road surface, but a state of constant parallelism is maintained between the lower suspension arm and the steering arm, whatever vertical movement the wheels experience. By maintaining the angle of convergence and with complete integrity of operation at speed, "Meccanica Attiva" offers enormous advantages to the Shamal in cornering, even on rough surfaces where there is less traction. The suspension, which Maserati developed in conjunction with Koni, also featured a four-setting electronically adjustable, active, 'intelligent' suspension system which adjusted the Shamal's suspension to suit driving speed and road conditions.

The angular and aggressive styling of the Maserati Shamal featured an unusual slanting rear arch and integrated roll bar built into the b-pillar and coloured in contrasting matt black. An unusual, and useful feature of the Maserati Shamal is the ability to remove the engine from the front, rather than by above by using a hoist. After the front bumper is removed, the subframe with the attached intercoolers and radiator can be removed. The entire engine can then be easily slipped forward and out.

Standard interior fittings of the Maserati Shamal included: supportive leather seats, temperature control, analog clock, central door locking, electromagnetic control of the boot lid, adjustment for the dipped beam headlights and fully adjustable steering wheel.


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