Maserati Indy 4.9

1972 to 1975

The most powerful version of the Indy boasted 320 hp which pushed its top speed to 265 kph (165 mph). Power steering became standard on this version, as did the air conditioning system. Customers could choose between two different settings for the gearbox, with the shorter geared version intended for maximum usability in traffic.

Overall, the Indy’s tempting looks and efficient package in terms of comfort, performance and aerodynamics attracted 1,104 customers, including Walt Disney junior, gentleman driver/journalist Giovanni Lurani and German soccer ace Paul Breitner. Just 300 cars were sold with the new 4.9 engine, of which the last 200 received a new hydraulic brake system courtesy of parent company Citroën.

Technical specifications

Model Indy 4.9
Maserati internal code Tipo AM116/49
Production start 1973
Number Produced 300
Ignition single-plug, coil and transistors (Bosch electronic ignition from 1970)
Lubrication single oil pump
Transmission 5-speed + reverse synchronised ZF (3-speed automatic Borg-Warner to order), rear wheel drive, single plate dry clutch
Reduction 1.03.31
Gear ratios I=2.99; II=1.90; III=1.32; IV=1; V=0.89; R=2.50
Chassis self-supporting integral body/chassis construction
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 conpressure hydraulic system from 1973 onwardstrolled by hydraulic high-pressure pump, dual circuit. Citroën high-
Brakes front 293.5 mm ventilated discs, Girling 3C
Brakes rear 261 mm ventilated discs, Girling 12/3/HP
Steering worm and sector (power assistance to order)
Cooling system water-cooled, centrifugal pump
Length 186.61 inches (4,740 mm)
Width 69.29 inches (1,760 mm)
Height 48.21 inches (1,220 mm)
Wheelbase 102.36 inches (2,600 mm)
Front track 58.26 inches (1,480 mm)
Rear track 56.46 inches (1,434 mm)
Dry weight 3,642 lbs (1,580 Kg)
Kerb weight 3,704 lbs (1,680 Kg)
Tyres front/rear 215 VR 15 HS
Wheels light alloy, 7.50x15
Top speed 265 kph (165 mph)
Bodywork two-door coupé seating four
Fuel tank two tanks, total 21 Imperial gallon / 26.5 US gallon (100 litres)
Range 500 km
Production dates 1972-1975
Engine 90° V8
Bore and stroke 93.9x89 mm (3.7x3.5 inches)
Total displacement 4,930 cc
Displacements (unitary) 616.25 cc
Compression ratio 8.05.01
Maximum power 320 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque 49 Kgm (355.5 lbs/ft) at 4,000 rpm
Timing gear two valves per cylinder, twin overhead chain-driven camshafts per cylinder bank
Fuel feed naturally aspirated, four Weber 42 DCNF carburettors
Fuel & lubricant N.O 98/100 RM