With production of the 228—which began in 1987—Maserati offered an alternative to the large luxury coupes from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The design of the 2.8-liter coupe recalls much of the Biturbo, but its lines were softer, and the 228 was built on the longer chassis sourced from the four-door Biturbo models. Standard luxury features included power steering, alloy wheels, central locking, electric windows and hand-stitched leather seats, with ABS available on request.
|Data sheet||228||228 cat.|
|Model code||Tipo AM334||Tipo AM334|
|Body type||2-door, 5-seater three-box coupé||2-door, 5-seater three-box coupé|
|Design||Pierangelo Andreani||Pierangelo Andreani|
|Production years||1987 - 1991||1987 - 1991|
|Maserati era||De Tomaso||De Tomaso|
|Numbers produced||469 (228&228 cat.)||469 (228&228 cat.)|
|Chassis||Monocoque steel construction||Monocoque steel construction|
|Engine configuration||90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo||90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo|
|Maximum power||250hp @ 5,600rpm||225hp @ 5,500rpm|
|Top speed Over||235km/h||220km/h|
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