Biturbo

1981 Maserati Biturbo - the classic sporty coupe
1981 Maserati Biturbo - interior view of the classic sporty coupe

Maserati entered a new era with the Biturbo in December 1981. Company owner Alejandro De Tomaso envisioned the sporty coupe as a means of increasing the brand’s reach with a new model offering top performance and a competitive price: a bold strategy for attracting new customers to Maserati. The Biturbo’s engine was a new and compact 90-degree V6 that featured induction via two small turbochargers—a world’s first on a production car. The Biturbo was a big success, thanks to its excellent performance and luxurious interior, although first-generation versions challenged the factory’s production capacity. In 1983, the more powerful Biturbo S featured twin intercoolers, distinguished by two NACA air ducts on the hood. In 1986 and 1987, both versions were upgraded with fuel injection as the Biturbo i and Biturbo Si.

Data sheet BiturboBiturbo SBiturbo i Biturbo Si
Model code Tipo AM331Tipo AM331Tipo AM331Tipo AM331
Body type 2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè 2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè 2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè 2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè
Design Pierangelo AndreaniPierangelo AndreaniPierangelo AndreaniPierangelo Andreani
Production years 1982 - 19851983 - 19861986 - 19901986 - 1988
Maserati era De TomasoDe TomasoDe TomasoDe Tomaso
Numbers produced 11,919 (all)11,919 (all)11,919 (all)11,919 (all)
Chassis Monocoque steel constructionMonocoque steel constructionMonocoque steel constructionMonocoque steel construction
Dry weight1,086kg1,086kg1,086kg1,086kg
Engine configuration90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo
Displacement1,996cc1,996cc1,996cc1,996cc
Maximum power 180hp @ 6,000rpm205hp @ 6,500rpm187hp @ 6,000rpm220hp @ 6,350rpm
Top speed 215km/h221km/h220km/h228km/h
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