Maserati Merak 2000 GT

1977 to 1983

While Maserati already had a more economical alternative to the Bora, in the V6 Merak, new company chairman Alejandro De Tomaso felt a version equipped with a smaller engine was called for to reinvigorate sales. Italian legislation imposed a 39% rate of VAT on cars with engines larger than 2 litres, as such thus the Merak 2000 GT was born. The same strategy would later give rise to the Biturbo range.

Revving up to 7,000 rpm, the V6 developed a healthy 170 hp and the level of performance remained convincing with a top speed of 220 km/h, and fuel consumption of 9.2 litres per 100 km. The expensive hydraulic braking system was discontinued on all Meraks from 1980. Externally the 2000 GT maintained the black grille seen on the SS between the headlights and added a thick black fascia below the waistline. Only two colours were available: light metallic blue and gold. Overall, the Merak range spanned three model variations and lasted 12 years. 1830 cars were sold of which 200 were 2 litre cars, exclusive for the Italian market.

Technical specifications

Model Merak 2000 GT
Maserati internal code Tipo AM122/D
Production start 1976
Number Produced 200
Ignition single-plug, electronic ignition
Lubrication single oil pump
Transmission 5-speed + reverse synchromesh, rear wheel drive, single dry plate clutch, self-locking differential
Reduction 1.05.05
Gear ratios I=2.92; II=1.94; III=1.32; IV=0.97; V=0.76; R=3.15
Chassis steel platform chassis
Front suspension double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers
Rear suspension double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers
Brakes discs, independent, dual circuit
Steering rack and pinion
Cooling system front-mounted radiator
Length 170.67 inches (4,335 mm)
Width 69.60 inches (1,768 mm)
Height 44.64 inches (1,134 mm)
Wheelbase 102.36 inches (2,600 mm)
Front track 58 inches (1,474 mm)
Rear track 56.9 inches (1,447 mm)
Dry weight 3,152 lbs (1,430 Kg)
Kerb weight 3,791 lbs (1,720 Kg)
Tyres front 185/70 VR 15 XWX
Tyres rear 205/70 VR 15
Wheels light alloy, 7.50 x 15
Top speed 136.5 mph (220 km/h)
Bodywork two-door, 2+2 mid-engine coupé
Fuel tank 18.70 Imperial gallons (85 litres)
Production dates 1977-1983
Engine 90° V6
Bore and stroke 80x66.3 mm
Total displacement 1,999 cc
Displacements (unitary) 333 cc
Compression ratio 9.01
Maximum power 170 bhp at 7,000 rpm
Maximum torque 19 Kgm (137.8 lbs/ft) at 4,000 rpm
Timing gear two valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank
Fuel feed naturally aspirated, three Weber 42 DCNF carburettors
Fuel & lubricant N 98/100 RM