Maserati Merak SS

1975 to 1983

Tweaks included larger carburettors and a higher compression ratio, working together with a 50 Kg reduction in weight. A front grille between the pop-up headlights identified the car, whilst inside the cabin the Citroën-derived dashboard was replaced by a design drawn from the V8 Bora following production efficiencies.

Some minor chassis revisions further improved the car, which could now reach speeds in excess of 240 km/h. The SS remained the most powerful version of the Merak, although a development prototype (designed with the American market in mind) was tested with a turbo-charged 3 litre engine. The project never reached production.

Technical specifications

Model Merak SS
Maserati internal code Tipo AM122/A
Production start 1975
Number Produced 1000
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 1.04.37
Gear ratios I=2.92; II=1.94; III=1.32; IV=0.94; V=0.73; R=3.15
Chassis steel platform chassis
Front suspension transversal deformable four-side with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and stabiliser bar
Rear suspension coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and stabiliser bar
Brakes dual hydraulic high pressure circuit, second mechanical system on rear disks for parking
Brakes front 280 mm ventilated disks
Brakes rear 300 mm ventilated disks
Steering rack and pinion with hydraulic shock absorber
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 3,086 lbs (1,400 Kg)
Kerb weight 3,791 lbs (1,720 Kg)
Tyres front 195/70 VR 15 X
Tyres rear 215/7 0 VR 15 X
Wheels light alloy, 7.50 x 15
Top speed 152 mph (245 km/h)
Bodywork two-door, 2+2 mid-engine coupé
Fuel tank 18.70 Imperial gallons (85 litres)
Production dates 1975-1983
First race
Engine 90° V6
Bore and stroke 91.6x75 mm
Total displacement 2965.5 cc
Displacements (unitary) 494.25 cc
Compression ratio 9.01
Maximum power 220 bhp at 6,500 rpm
Maximum torque 27.5 Kgm (196 lbs/ft) at 4,500 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