1990 – 1996
In keeping with a well-known Maserati tradition, the Shamal was named after another wind. The Shamal, which is the Arabic word for “north”, is a hot and dry summer wind that blows from the north in Iran, Iraq, and the Arabian Peninsula: in the summer, it hardly ever stops and is capable of stirring up great dust storms. Featuring a newly developed Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine with four camshafts and 32 valves, the Shamal was Maserati's flagship two-door grand tourer at the time. Its muscular and aggressive design was the work of designer Marcello Gandini, and that was easily recognisable by the typical shape of the rear wheel arches. No wonder that the design of the Shamal gave inspiration for the later Ghibli models. This is one of the most extreme production cars ever made, intended for skilled drivers only.