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  Maserati Khamsin

EngineV-eight-cylinder (90į)
Displacement (bore*stroke)4.930 cm≥ (93,9 mm * 89,0 mm)
Compression ratio8,5 : 1
Engine control2 * DOHC (chain)
Valves2 per cylinder
Mixture formation4 dual downdraught carburettors (Weber)
CoolingPump circulation, 16 litres
LubricationDry sump, 16 litres
Torque480 Nm at 4000 rpm
Performance235 kW (320 HP) at 5100 rpm
TransmissionFive-speed, three-speed automatic (optional)
Drive trainFront engine, rear drive
Wheelbase2.550 mm
Turning circle11.800 mm
Suspension f/rDual wishbone
Brakes f/rDisks, ventilated
SteeringGear rack, servo, speed control
WheelsMichelin XWX 215/70 x 15 (7.5")
Body2-doors, Coupe
Length4.400 mm
Width1.800 mm
Height1.168 mm
Tank capacity90 litres
Kerb weightApprox. 1680 kg + driver
Maximum speed270 km/h
PresentationTurin 1972
Manufactured1973 - 1982
Purchase priceApprox. 85,000 DM
Electric system12 V/ 66 Ah/ 770 W

For a sports car, which was originally to be presented only as a prototype, a production of 430 vehicles was already a lot. The name was again derived from a desert wind and it was the successor to the Ghibli. But unlike this, it had already the rear independent suspension. But it was really high time, because even the family cars began to get rid of their rigid axles. Although from some Maseratis is said, they would have had a better driving characteristics with rigid axle than for example with the DeDion axle.

The Khamsin pictured here had probably subsequently received a T-roof in USA, which had been not available from the manufacturer. Why Americans love the colour black for sports cars so much, will probably remain their secret. The Khamsin takes over the engine from Ghibli and thus almost the passable top speed. The body is a little bit more daring with the relatively pointed rear.

In the group of super sports cars, it presented a special offer. The Ferrari 512 BB was DM 20,000 more expensive, not at all to mention the Lamborghini Countach. However, the both were twelve-cylinder, albeit with the same displacement at Ferrari and still less case of Lamborghini. The was with much higher rotational speeds even clearly faster, the Ferrari in between.

The famous Marcello Gandini (Bertone) had given the Khamsin a rear whose edge had their effect still up to the side faces. Just look at the outstanding corner at the open door in picture 2 above. By the way, the rear apron was transparent, not recommended for valuable things in the luggage compartment.

At the brakes you realized the affiliation of Maserati to CitroŽn, because they operated with the known high pressure, but were bad to dose. The suspension was based on steel springs and had nothing from the softness of French palanquins. Together with the brakes, the power steering was hydractive, which was perceptible in an unusual directness. 06/15