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

ModelIndy 4.9
Maserati internal codeTipo AM116/49
Production start1973
Number Produced300
Ignitionsingle-plug, coil and transistors (Bosch electronic ignition from 1970)
Lubricationsingle oil pump
Transmission5-speed + reverse synchronised ZF (3-speed automatic Borg-Warner to order), rear wheel drive, single plate dry clutch
Gear ratiosI=2.99; II=1.90; III=1.32; IV=1; V=0.89; R=2.50
Chassisself-supporting integral body/chassis construction
Front suspensiondouble wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Rear suspensionleaf springs, hydraulic telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Brakesventilated discs conpressure hydraulic system from 1973 onwardstrolled by hydraulic high-pressure pump, dual circuit. Citroën high-
Brakes front293.5 mm ventilated discs, Girling 3C
Brakes rear261 mm ventilated discs, Girling 12/3/HP
Steeringworm and sector (power assistance to order)
Cooling systemwater-cooled, centrifugal pump
Length186.61 inches (4,740 mm)
Width69.29 inches (1,760 mm)
Height48.21 inches (1,220 mm)
Wheelbase102.36 inches (2,600 mm)
Front track58.26 inches (1,480 mm)
Rear track56.46 inches (1,434 mm)
Dry weight3,642 lbs (1,580 Kg)
Kerb weight3,704 lbs (1,680 Kg)
Tyresfront/rear 215 VR 15 HS
Wheelslight alloy, 7.50x15
Top speed265 kph (165 mph)
Bodyworktwo-door coupé seating four
Fuel tanktwo tanks, total 21 Imperial gallon / 26.5 US gallon (100 litres)
Range500 km
Production dates1972-1975
Engine90° V8
Bore and stroke93.9x89 mm (3.7x3.5 inches)
Total displacement4,930 cc
Displacements (unitary)616.25 cc
Compression ratio8.05.01
Maximum power320 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque49 Kgm (355.5 lbs/ft) at 4,000 rpm
Timing geartwo valves per cylinder, twin overhead chain-driven camshafts per cylinder bank
Fuel feednaturally aspirated, four Weber 42 DCNF carburettors
Fuel & lubricantN.O 98/100 RM