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Maserati Biturbo


Maserati Biturbo

As a former producer of supercars which had folded in 1975 and been brought out by Alejandro de Tomaso, Maserati needed a big revival come the early 1980s. It needed a mainstream car so they chose to mimic the 3-Series BMW with a new compact sedan that would have power, refinement and driver involvement. The 1981 Biturbo was the result. It used a MacPherson strut front and Chapman strut rear, and had performance extras such as a Sensi-tork limited-slip differential and four-wheel disc brakes. The aluminium V6 engine started out with 122ci (2-liter) displacement but had grown to 170ci (2.8-liters) by 1988. The twin turbos suffered from lag to start with, but this was all but gone in later models, though the oversteer was still very evident, especially in the wet. One of the car's best attributes was the steering, which was widely praised by critics.

Maserati Biturbo Specifications

Top speed:128 mph (205 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.2 sec
Engine type:V6
Displacement:152 ci (2,491 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:185 bhp (138 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:208 lb ft (282 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Weight:2,394 lb (1,088 kg)
Economy:17 mpg (6 km/I)
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