Make : Maserati
Model : Shamal
Year : 1993
Owner : Nostalgia Classic Cars
Country : United Arab Emirates
The Italian manufacturer produced the Maserati Shamal (Tipo 339) from 1990 to 1996. The car was first introduced on 14 December 1989 in Modena by Maserati president and owner, Alejandro de Tomaso. The Italian vehicle was named as per the Maserati wind naming tradition: “Shamal” which is a well-known hot summer wind that blows in large areas of Mesopotamia.
The Shamal was the last Maserati vehicle produced under the reign of de Tomaso prior to Fiat acquisition in 1990. Maserati produced 369 units from Shamal by 1996.
The Maserati Shamal is a two-door coupe equipped with a twin-turbocharged V8 AM 479 3217cc engine coped with a manual 6-speed gearbox capable to reach a top speed of 270 Km/h and an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 5.3 sec while producing 322 hp and 436 Nm of torque.
The exterior of the Shamal was designed by Marcello Gandini. Gandini’s touch is clearly visible in the slanted profile of the rear wheel arch and the numerous headlamps in individual housings. The name “Shamal” appears on either side of the vehicle in chrome letters. The Shamal’s body is also equipped with a small rear spoiler and a blacked-out grille with chrome accents.
The Italian car has a two-seat interior that features extended leather seat cushions, temperature control, and the famous Maserati oval clock. The gear lever is finished in elm.
The adaptive suspension of the vehicle was custom built for comfort and road driving and was developed between Maserati and Koni using MacPherson struts upfront and semi-trailing arms at the rear.
The Shamal was a Maserati built for comfort, as well as performance.