The Maserati Shamal is one of the fall of 1989 produced by the Italian car manufacturer Maserati sports car by the end of 1995.
The Shamal, named after a Mesopotamian wind, based, as the Maserati Karif on the chassis of the Maserati Spyder with a wheelbase of 2400 mm. Other than this but the Shamal received extensive modifications to the bodywork and a V8 engine with twin turbochargers.
The Shamal was presented on 14 December 1989, the 75th anniversary of Maserati 's founding. Features of designed designer Marcello Gandini of the body were derived from the Maserati Biturbo, but revised front end with twin headlights (one round and one rectangular headlight pair) and lower front bumper with integrated fog lamps and auxiliary lamps. Completely changed also were roofline and rear; the broad B-pillar was finished in black. A typical Gandini design feature was the asymmetrically shaped rear wheel arches.
Shamal (each 80 mm bore and stroke ) was powered by a square designed V8 engine made of aluminum, the two IHI turbochargers to 240 kW ( 326 hp) came and his force directed to the rear wheels through a Getrag six-speed gearbox. The top speed was, according to the factory to 270 km / h
The interior corresponded substantially to the models to twin-turbo base.
From Shamal only 369 copies were produced in six years.
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