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222 Export

Introduced in 1988 as the replacement/upgrade for the Biturbo Export, the 222 E was facelifted by the now free-lance Marcello Gandini with a rounder nose, new wing mirrors and a rear spoiler. All these modifications helped improve the aerodynamics of the car. Externally, only the front fog lights distinguished it from the 222. Less than two years after the launch of the 222 E, the sportier SE version was introduced, following in the footsteps of the Biturbo S. The 222 SE was updated already in 1991, since the Biturbo range was subject to a restyling which included new lights, radiator grille, 7-spoke alloys and even a new aerodynamic spoiler at the base of the windscreen. It was badged as 222 SR. Mechanically there were few changes, save for the introduction of the newly devised “intelligent” suspension as an optional. The 222.4v was very similar to the 222 SR, but benefited from the use of four valve per cylinder heads with four overhead camshafts, boosting the power output by more than 50hp.

Data sheet 222 E 222 SE222 SE cat. 222 SR222.4v
Model code Tipo AM331Tipo AM331Tipo AM331Tipo AM331
Body type 2-door, 5-seater three-box coupé2-door, 5-seater three-box coupé2-door, 5-seater three-box coupé2-door, 5-seater three-box coupé
Design Marcello GandiniMarcello GandiniMarcello GandiniMarcello Gandini
Production years 1988 - 1993 1990 - 19931990 - 19931991 - 1994
Maserati era De TomasoDe TomasoDe TomasoDe Tomaso
Numbers produced 722220 (both 222 SE and 222 SE cat. 222 SR)221 (both 222 SE and 222 SE cat. 222 SR)130
Chassis Monocoque steel constructionMonocoque steel constructionMonocoque steel constructionMonocoque steel construction
Dry weight 1,172kg1,308kg1,332kg1,315kg
Engine configuration 90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin turbo90° V6, 24 valves, double overhead camshaft, twinturbo
Displacement 2,790cc2,790cc2,790cc2,790cc
Maximum power 225hp @ 5,500rpm250hp @ 5,600rpm225hp @ 5,500rpm279hp @ 5,500rpm
Top speed 220km/h230km/h 220km/h255km/h
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