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Maserati Bora


Maserati Bora

Through financial backing from Citroen, who became the major shareholder in 1968, Maserati agreed to produce two mid-engined cars, the V6 Marek and V8 Bora. The Bora was Maserati's first to use mid-engine mounting and it created a supercar to rival the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. It had a semi-moonquake design with folded sheet steel front and cabin sections, while the rear had a subframe in which both the engine, gearbox and suspension were mounted. The 287ci (4.7-liter) V8 had been designed in the 1950s and used four overhead camshafts, an aluminium block and heads, and hemispherical combustion chambers for increased power. The body was steel and, despite no wind-tunnel testing, managed a drag coefficient of just 0.30, which wasn't equalled in years of car production. A long production run of 9 years saw 570 cars made.

Maserati Bora Specifications

Top speed:160 mph (256 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.5 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:288 ci (4,719 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:310 bhp (231 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:325 lb ft (440 Nm) @ 4,200 rpm
Weight:3,570 lb (1,623 kg)
Economy:10 mpg (3.5 km/I)
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