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Maserati Shamal
Maserati
aka
Production 1992 - 1995
Class Sports Car
Body Style 2-door 2+2-seater Coupé
Length 161.41 in
Width 72.83 in
Height 51.2 in
Wheelbase 94.5 in
Weight 3123.95 lb (dry)
Transmission Getrag 6-speed manual transmission, RWD
Engine 3.2 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, 2 IHI watercooled turbochargers
Power 325 hp
Similar Maserati Biturbo
Maserati Karif
Maserati Ghibili II
Designer Marcello Gandini

The Maserati Shamal is a small, two-door coupe introduced by Italian automaker Maserati on December 17, 1989. It is named after shamal, a hot summer wind that blows in large areas of Mesopotamia. The Shamal was designed by Marcello Gandini, who is famous for designing the Lamborghini Countach.

The center pillar acts as a roll bar and is always finished in black, a distinguishing characteristic of the Shamal. The name "Shamal" appears on either side of the central pillar in chrome lettering. The car has alloy wheels, a small rear spoiler and a blacked-out grille with chrome accents.

The two-seat interior of the Shamal features extended leather seat cushions, temperature control and the famous Maserati oval clock, which is situated in the centre of the dashboard. The gear lever is finished in elm. While built for comfort as well as performance, the Shamal was not as luxuriously appointed as the similar Maserati Ghibli II.

The front-engined Shamal is powered by a 3.2-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing some 325bhp. It has a six-speed manual transmission and an electronic active suspension control system. This system updates the adjustment on each wheel, based on road conditions and the level of comfort desired.

The Shamal has a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h) and a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of 5.3 seconds.

The final year of production for the Maserati Shamal was 1996. Factory figures indicate that 369 Shamals were produced between 1989 and 1996.

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