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Maserati Barchetta

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Maserati Barchetta
Manufacturer Maserati
Production 1991-1992
Class
Body style no-door 2-seater mid-engined supercar
Chassis
Engine 90º 1996cc mid-engined V6, 4-ohc, 24-valve, electronic fuel injection, twin water-cooled IHI turbochargers
Power 316 bhp at 7200 rpm and 275-lb ft at 4250 rpm
Transmission ZF 6-speed transaxle, Rear wheel drive
Length 4050mm
Width 1965mm
Height 930mm
Weight 905kg (curb)
Wheelbase 2600mm
Predecessor
Aka Barchetta Corsa (racing)
Barchetta Stradale (road)
Designer
Related Maserati 350S
Maserati 450S
Maserati 250F
Similar


The Maserati Barchetta is a mid-engined, two-door, two-seat Le Mans-style sports car, in the spirit of the 350 and 450S, that was designed by "Synthesis Design", an Italian design house.

Fifteen units of the racing model were produced at de Tomaso factory in Modena, plus two prototypes (one racing-corsa, one street-stradale). It featured a mid-engine V6 AM501 Maserati biturbo engine 1996cc (red intake manifold for the Corsa) an evolution of the AM490 (black intake manifold used for the Stradale), a central frame holding an integral fuel tank and a very light glass fiber/carbon fiber spyder body, accelerating the car to about 180mph. The development of a road version was stopped at a late stage. Today some racing cars hold a road title in Europe, after minor modifications to allow road compatibility.

The racing series Grantrofeo Barchetta was held 1992 and 1993. It has featured sixteen races total, most of them in Italy.

The central-frame concept was survived on the De Tomaso Guarà, but the frame was around 13 in longer because it was engined by a longer V8.

This was thought as a way to inject much needed excitement and enthusiasm for the carmake whose reputation had been badly ruined by years of producing unreliable products, eventually culminating in Maserati's withdrawal from the North American market.

It is also true that the amount of delicate maintenance necessary to take care of these high output small engine was not compatible with the auto repair industry in several territories.

This model has become a collector item valued at several time its introduction price.


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