Bora

1971 Maserati Bora - red classic sports car model, side view
1971 Maserati Bora - classic sports car model, interior view

The first Maserati road car based on a mid-engine design, the Bora was a milestone in Maserati history, and also the first car developed under full Citroën ownership. Engineer Guilio Alfieri had gained much experience with the earlier Maserati “Birdcage” Tipo 63-65 race cars, and adapted their mid-engine layout to incorporate a V8 engine, first in 4.7-liter and later in 4.9-liter configuration. The Bora’s advanced fastback design was another masterpiece from Giorgetto Giugiaro and his new styling studio, Italdesign. Capable of a 171 mph top speed, the Bora was equipped with Citroën’s complex hydraulic system, which operated the brakes, retractable headlights, the adjustment of the driver’s seat and the pedals. Sales of the Bora suffered in the mid-1970s amid the oil crisis, while racing plans were thwarted due to homologation difficulties. Despite building only 524 examples between 1971 and 1978, the Bora remains a masterpiece of cutting-edge 1970s sports car design.

Data sheetBora 4.7 Bora 4.9
Model codeTipo AM117 Tipo AM117/49
Body type 2-door, 2-seater mid-engine coupé2-door, 2-seater mid-engine coupé
DesignGiugiaroGiugiaro
Production years1971 - 19781971 - 1978
Maserati eraCitroënCitroën
Numbers produced 314250
ChassisMonocoque body/chassisMonocoque body/chassis
Dry / kerb weight1,610kg1,830kg
Engine configuration 90° V8, double overhead camshaft90° V8, double overhead camshaft
Displacement4,719cc4,930cc
Maximum power310hp @ 5,200rpm 330hp @ 5,500rpm
Top speed 270km/h285km/h
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