Maserati Bora turns 50

Maserati celebrates the Bora, the first mid-mounted rear engine road car in the Brand’s history, just as the MC20 is the first mid-mounted rear engine vehicle in the new Era.

The wind of the Maserati Bora spans through 50 years of history, and reaches the dawn of a new phase for the Brand: all new models share the exclusiveness, sportiness and uniqueness that have always characterised the Modenese constructor, and Bora has also handed down its engine position, first introduced on the Tipo 63 (1961), initially reprised on the MC12, and now a key feature of the new MC20.

Exactly 50 years have passed since 11 March 1971, when the Geneva International Motor Show provided the backdrop for the debut of the Maserati Bora, which was produced until 1978 with 564 cars built, not to mention the spectacular Boomerang, a coupé prototype created by Giugiaro with futuristic engineering and wedge-shaped bodywork. 

Following the trend that had already revolutionised Formula 1 racing cars over previous years, Maserati asked Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign to come up with a mid-mounted rear engine sports car with enhanced performance, design, comfort and safety. 

The engine was the tried and tested 4,700 cc V8 producing 310 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (to be joined by the 4,900 cc unit two years later), mounted lengthways on a subframe installed on the monocoque.

The car’s distinctive features included retractable headlights to prevent aerodynamic drag, projecting differential on the rear axle, independent suspensions on all wheels (for the first time in a Maserati), disc brakes, dry-mounted single disc clutch, 5-speed gearbox and telescopic suspension dampers. 

The Bora combined comfort and performance and had a top speed of over 280 km/h, ensuring great driving pleasure thanks to the engine’s exceptionally agile response and the quiet interior. 

While the car’s engineering design carried the name of Giulio Alfieri, the aerodynamics and styling were by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who created a two-seater coupé on simple, elegant lineswhich gave the Maserati Bora a balanced appearance. 

The approach was futuristic, with a low, slender, almost tapered front styled to cut through the air, while the front grille included two rectangular air vents with a Trident in the centre. The perfectly sleek sides were centrally divided by a thin black rubber trim, while the rear ended in a Kamm or truncated tail. 

The result was a trend-setting, streamlined car perfect for the rock-and-roll spirit of the ‘70s, which is still delighting fans today.

 

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Ghibli
Ghibli
Levante
Levante
Quattroporte
Quattroporte
MC20
MC20

Ghibli

Ghibli
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
267 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD

Ghibli S

Ghibli S
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.9 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD

Levante

Levante
Starting from JOD 119,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
6.0 sec
Max speed
251 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante S

Levante S
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.2 sec
Max speed
264 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante GTS

Levante GTS
Starting from JOD 175,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.2 sec
Max speed
292 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante Trofeo

Levante Trofeo
Starting from JOD 220,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
3.9 sec
Max speed
304 km/h
Max power
580 HP
Traction
AWD

Quattroporte

Quattroporte
Starting from JOD 147,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
270 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD

Quattroporte S

Quattroporte S
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.0 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD

Quattroporte GTS

Quattroporte GTS
Starting from JOD 210,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
310 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
RWD

MC20 Coupé

MC20 Coupé
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
3000 cc
Acceleration
<2,9 sec
Max speed
>325 km/h
Max power
630 HP
Traction
RWD
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Build and Price

Every Maserati is like a work of art constructed with the care and attention that only the human hand can provide.
Ghibli
Ghibli

Ghibli

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
267 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD

Ghibli S

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.9 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD
Levante
Levante

Levante

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
6.0 sec
Max speed
251 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 119,000

Levante S

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.2 sec
Max speed
264 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante GTS

Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.2 sec
Max speed
292 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 175,000

Levante Trofeo

Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
3.9 sec
Max speed
304 km/h
Max power
580 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 220,000
Quattroporte
Quattroporte

Quattroporte

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
270 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from JOD 147,000

Quattroporte S

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.0 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD

Quattroporte GTS

Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
310 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from JOD 210,000
MC20
MC20

MC20 Coupé

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
3000 cc
Acceleration
<2,9 sec
Max speed
>325 km/h
Max power
630 HP
Traction
RWD
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