Biturbo (1982 - 1988)

Maserati entered a new era with the Biturbo in December 1981. Company owner Alejandro De Tomaso envisioned the sporty coupe as a means of increasing the brand’s reach with a new model offering top performance and a competitive price: a bold strategy for attracting new customers to Maserati. The Biturbo’s engine was a new and compact 90-degree V6 that featured induction via two small turbochargers—a world’s first on a production car. The Biturbo was a big success, thanks to its excellent performance and luxurious interior, although first-generation versions challenged the factory’s production capacity. In 1983, the more powerful Biturbo S featured twin intercoolers, distinguished by two NACA air ducts on the hood. In 1986 and 1987, both versions were upgraded with fuel injection as the Biturbo i and Biturbo Si.

Data sheet Biturbo Biturbo S Biturbo i Biturbo Si
Model code Tipo AM331 Tipo AM331 Tipo AM331 Tipo AM331
Body type 2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè 2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè 2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè 2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè
Design Pierangelo Andreani Pierangelo Andreani Pierangelo Andreani Pierangelo Andreani
Production years 1982 - 1985 1983 - 1986 1986 - 1990 1986 - 1988
Maserati era De Tomaso De Tomaso De Tomaso De Tomaso
Numbers produced 11,919 (all) 11,919 (all) 11,919 (all) 11,919 (all)
Chassis Monocoque steel construction Monocoque steel construction Monocoque steel construction Monocoque steel construction
Dry weight 1,086kg 1,086kg 1,086kg 1,086kg
Engine configuration 90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo 90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo 90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo 90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo
Displacement 1,996cc 1,996cc 1,996cc 1,996cc
Maximum power 180hp @ 6,000rpm 205hp @ 6,500rpm 187hp @ 6,000rpm 220hp @ 6,350rpm
Top speed 215km/h 221km/h 220km/h 228km/h

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