Maserati Ghibli SS

Maserati Ghibli SS

1969 to 1973

The dry sump design had been devised in order to best accommodate the low bonnet line of Giugiaro’s sleek coupé, and was later used for the very same reason on the Khamsin. Horsepower was up to 335 which guaranteed a top speed of 280 kph (175 mph). This turned the Ghibli SS into the fastest Maserati road car in production. Prodigious braking performance came from the to twin-servo assisted ventilated discs with three pistons per calliper.

The equipment level was worthy of such a thoroughbred GT with adjustable steering column, anti-theft steering lock, leather upholstery, tinted & electric windows, reclining seats with head rests, heated rear windscreen, dashboard clock and even air conditioning were all came as standard

Technical specifications

Model Ghibli SS
Maserati internal code Tipo AM115/49
Production start 1969
Number Produced 1170 (total Ghibli & Ghibli SS production)
Ignition single-plug Bosch distributor with automatic advance, coil ignition (transistorised from
Lubrication two concentric gear pumps (pressure and scavenge)
Transmission 5-speed + reverse ZF (automatic to order), single dry plate clutch, self-locking differential
Reduction 1.03.31
Gear ratios I=2.97; II=1.92; III=1.34; IV=1; V=0.9; R= 3.31
Chassis tubular steel ladder-frame platform chassis
Front suspension double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Rear suspension leaf springs, hydraulic telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Brakes ventilated discs, servo-assisted, hydraulic, independent dual circuit
Brakes front 294 mm discs
Brakes rear 272 mm discs
Steering worm and sector (power assistance to order)
Cooling system water-cooled
Length 185 inches (4,690 mm)
Width 70.47 inches (1,790 mm)
Height 45.67 inches (1,160 mm)
Wheelbase 100.39 inches (2,550 mm)
Front track 56.6 inches (1,440 mm)
Rear track 55.9 inches (1,420 mm)
Dry weight 3,640 lbs (1,660 kg)
Kerb weight 3,901 lbs (1,770 kg)
Tyres front/rear Pirelli HS 205 VR 15 (215 VR 15 from 1972)
Wheels magnesium alloy, 7.50 x 15 inch (wire wheels to order)
Top speed 285 Km/h (177 mph)
Bodywork 2-door, 2+2 coupé
Fuel tank two tanks, 100 litres (21 Imperial Gallons / 26.5 US gallons)
Years of activity 1969-1973
Engine 90° V8, light alloy casting with pressed-in cylinder liners in special cast iron
Bore and stroke 3.7x3.5 inches (93.9x89 mm)
Total displacement 4,930 cc
Displacements (unitary) 616.16 cc
Compression ratio 8.05.01
Maximum power 335 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque 49 Kgm (355.5 lbs/ft) at 4,000 rpm
Timing gear two valves per cylinder, two chain-driven overhead camshafts per cylinder bank
Fuel feed naturally aspirated, four vertical twin Weber 42 DCNF/11 carburettors
Fuel & lubricant N.O 98/100 RM