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

ModelMerak 2000 GT
Maserati internal codeTipo AM122/D
Production start1976
Number Produced200
Ignitionsingle-plug, electronic ignition
Lubricationsingle oil pump
Transmission5-speed + reverse synchromesh, rear wheel drive, single dry plate clutch, self-locking differential
Gear ratiosI=2.92; II=1.94; III=1.32; IV=0.97; V=0.76; R=3.15
Chassissteel platform chassis
Front suspensiondouble wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers
Rear suspensiondouble wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers
Brakesdiscs, independent, dual circuit
Steeringrack and pinion
Cooling systemfront-mounted radiator
Length170.67 inches (4,335 mm)
Width69.60 inches (1,768 mm)
Height44.64 inches (1,134 mm)
Wheelbase102.36 inches (2,600 mm)
Front track58 inches (1,474 mm)
Rear track56.9 inches (1,447 mm)
Dry weight3,152 lbs (1,430 Kg)
Kerb weight3,791 lbs (1,720 Kg)
Tyres front185/70 VR 15 XWX
Tyres rear205/70 VR 15
Wheelslight alloy, 7.50 x 15
Top speed136.5 mph (220 km/h)
Bodyworktwo-door, 2+2 mid-engine coupé
Fuel tank18.70 Imperial gallons (85 litres)
Production dates1977-1983
Engine90° V6
Bore and stroke80x66.3 mm
Total displacement1,999 cc
Displacements (unitary)333 cc
Compression ratio9.01
Maximum power170 bhp at 7,000 rpm
Maximum torque19 Kgm (137.8 lbs/ft) at 4,000 rpm
Timing geartwo valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank
Fuel feednaturally aspirated, three Weber 42 DCNF carburettors
Fuel & lubricantN 98/100 RM