Khamsin

1974 Maserati Khamsin - exterior view of the classic 2-door coupe
1974 Maserati Khamsin - interior view of the historical 2-door coupe

Named for a hot North African desert gale that blows in Egypt and Libya, the 2+2 Khamsin was a stunning design shown at the 1972 Turin Auto Show. It was the last work with Giulio Alfieri as head of Maserati’s engineering department, and it was also the marque’s first series-production car to be designed by Bertone, under the masterful pen of Marcello Gandini. The result was a streamlined, wedge-shaped design with elegant proportions. The V8 drivetrain and chassis were derived from the Ghibli, but with a new independent rear suspension. The variable steering assistance was a legacy of Citroën, as were other high-pressure hydraulic applications, such as the clutch, pop-up headlights and driver seat adjustment, as well as the brake system. The Khamsin’s traditional Gran Turismo configuration—a large front-engine sports car with rear-wheel drive—marked the end of an era that would only return in the late 1990s with the 3200GT. A mere 435 examples were produced between 1974 and 1982.

Data sheetKhamsin
Model codeTipo AM120
Body type2-door, 2+2 coupé
DesignGandini (Bertone)
Production years1974 - 1982
Maserati eraCitroën
Numbers produced 430
Chassis Self-supporting monocoque with rear subframe
Dry weight1,635kg
Engine configuration 90° V8, double overhead camshaft
Displacement 4,930cc
Maximum power320hp @ 5,500rpm
Top speed270km/h
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