1976 – 1983
After becoming the owner of Maserati in August 1975, Alejandro De Tomaso decided to give an immediate indication of the beginning of new era for the Trident company by exhibiting new models at the Geneva Motor Show the following year. It was on that occasion that he unveiled the last Maserati coupé equipped with the illustrious V8 engine: the Kyalami, named after a South African racing circuit, where Cooper T81-Maserati won its last Formula 1 race with Pedro Rodríguez in 1967. The styling of the Kyalami had a very classical layout: it was a very well-balanced three-box 2+2. Furthermore, designer Pietro Frua elegantly introduced a classic Maserati-style radiator grille set between paired round headlights in a very flat and linear front end.