Maserati entered a new era with the Biturbo in December 1981. Company owner Alejandro De Tomaso envisioned the sporty coupe as a means of increasing the brand’s reach with a new model offering top performance and a competitive price: a bold strategy for attracting new customers to Maserati. The Biturbo’s engine was a new and compact 90-degree V6 that featured induction via two small turbochargers—a world’s first on a production car. The Biturbo was a big success, thanks to its excellent performance and luxurious interior, although first-generation versions challenged the factory’s production capacity. In 1983, the more powerful Biturbo S featured twin intercoolers, distinguished by two NACA air ducts on the hood. In 1986 and 1987, both versions were upgraded with fuel injection as the Biturbo i and Biturbo Si.
|Data sheet||Biturbo||Biturbo S||Biturbo i||Biturbo Si|
|Model code||Tipo AM331||Tipo AM331||Tipo AM331||Tipo AM331|
|Body type||2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè||2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè||2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè||2-door, 5-seater three-box coupè|
|Design||Pierangelo Andreani||Pierangelo Andreani||Pierangelo Andreani||Pierangelo Andreani|
|Production years||1982 - 1985||1983 - 1986||1986 - 1990||1986 - 1988|
|Maserati era||De Tomaso||De Tomaso||De Tomaso||De Tomaso|
|Numbers produced||11,919 (all)||11,919 (all)||11,919 (all)||11,919 (all)|
|Chassis||Monocoque steel construction||Monocoque steel construction||Monocoque steel construction||Monocoque steel construction|
|Engine configuration||90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo||90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo||90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo||90° V6, three valves per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead camshaft, twin-turbo|
|Maximum power||180hp @ 6,000rpm||205hp @ 6,500rpm||187hp @ 6,000rpm||220hp @ 6,350rpm|
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