The Maserati Karif, presented at the Geneva Motor Show of 1988, was designed with sporting intent. It was powered by a 2.8-liter, twin-turbo engine, and its design was based on the shortened chassis of the Biturbo Spyder. The Karif’s 114 mm shorter wheelbase and greater torsional rigidity, thanks to the reinforced sills from the Spyder’s floorpan, lent further improvements to its performance and handling. The rear seats from the Biturbo were deleted, in favor of additional luggage space behind the front seats, making the Karif ideal for grand touring for two over long distances. The Karif gained a reputation for being a driver’s car, and only 221 examples found their way into the hands of true enthusiasts.

Data sheet Karif Karif cat.
Model code Tipo AM339 Tipo AM339
Body type 2-door, 2+2 three-box coupé 2-door, 2+2 three-box coupé
Design Pierangelo Andreani Pierangelo Andreani
Production years 1988 - 1991 1988 - 1991
Maserati era De Tomaso De Tomaso
Numbers produced 221 (Karif&Karif cat.) 221 (Karif&Karif cat.)
Chassis Monocoque steel construction Monocoque steel construction
Dry weight 1,281kg 1,281kg
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
Displacement 2,790cc 2,790cc
Maximum power 285hp @ 6,000rpm 225hp @ 5,500rpm
Top speed Over 255km/h 230km/h
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