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

ModelGhibli SS
Maserati internal codeTipo AM115/49
Production start1969
Number Produced1170 (total Ghibli & Ghibli SS production)
Ignitionsingle-plug Bosch distributor with automatic advance, coil ignition (transistorised from
Lubricationtwo concentric gear pumps (pressure and scavenge)
Transmission5-speed + reverse ZF (automatic to order), single dry plate clutch, self-locking differential
Reduction1.03.31
Gear ratiosI=2.97; II=1.92; III=1.34; IV=1; V=0.9; R= 3.31
Chassistubular steel ladder-frame platform chassis
Front suspensiondouble wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Rear suspensionleaf springs, hydraulic telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Brakesventilated discs, servo-assisted, hydraulic, independent dual circuit
Brakes front294 mm discs
Brakes rear272 mm discs
Steeringworm and sector (power assistance to order)
Cooling systemwater-cooled
Length-Width-Height
Length185 inches (4,690 mm)
Width70.47 inches (1,790 mm)
Height45.67 inches (1,160 mm)
Wheelbase100.39 inches (2,550 mm)
Front track56.6 inches (1,440 mm)
Rear track55.9 inches (1,420 mm)
Dry weight3,640 lbs (1,660 kg)
Kerb weight3,901 lbs (1,770 kg)
Tyresfront/rear Pirelli HS 205 VR 15 (215 VR 15 from 1972)
Wheelsmagnesium alloy, 7.50 x 15 inch (wire wheels to order)
Top speed285 Km/h (177 mph)
Bodywork2-door, 2+2 coupé
Fuel tanktwo tanks, 100 litres (21 Imperial Gallons / 26.5 US gallons)
Years of activity1969-1973
Engine90° V8, light alloy casting with pressed-in cylinder liners in special cast iron
Bore and stroke3.7x3.5 inches (93.9x89 mm)
Total displacement4,930 cc
Displacements (unitary)616.16 cc
Compression ratio8.05.01
Maximum power335 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque49 Kgm (355.5 lbs/ft) at 4,000 rpm
Timing geartwo valves per cylinder, two chain-driven overhead camshafts per cylinder bank
Fuel feednaturally aspirated, four vertical twin Weber 42 DCNF/11 carburettors
Fuel & lubricantN.O 98/100 RM