Unveiled in December 1990 at Maserati's usual Christmas press conference, this Biturbo-based beast featured the (at the time) most powerful factory-produced 2-litre engine, with 283 HP coming out its V6. Produced in only 230 units, originally meant exclusively for the Italian market, less than 200 are said to survive today. This particular car, finished in Dazing Black Metallizzato over Pelle Grigia and only 52,000 km, is sure to be a rare catch!
The latest evolution of the Biturbo family, the Racing or “Tipo AM331”, received a great restyling before its final debut: a new nose, coming from the Shamal, but most importantly a new heart. It had the same 24-valve version of the 2-litre engine presented two years before (remember the 2.24?) but a lot of modifications were carried out.
Some of the updates to the engine include the crankshaft, which was completely re-engineered, the connecting rods, which came in a different and much lighter alloy, and the compression ratio, which was now increased.
WIth a pair of modified turbochargers, a Getrag 5-speed manual gearbox and a revolutionary intelligent active shock absorbing system developed with Koni, the Maserati Racing was at the time the most powerful two-litre production car in the world.
This Maserati Racing was produced in 1991 and is almost unscathed by time. Designed by Marcello Gandini during Maserati’s De Tomaso era, this Racing features box fenders, a spoiler at the base of the windshield, four working lights and a quad exhaust system and outlets in the rear bumper. This specific Maserati has been finished in Dazing Black Metallizzato, and still features its original 16-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 225/45ZR16 for the rear and 205/50ZR16 for the front, which are reported to be in good condition.
The seller states, as resulting after a complete paintwork check-up, that the front bumper has been replaced during previous ownerships, as the paintwork appears slightly thicker than on the rest of the car.
Moving inside, the ivory grey leeather appears to be in good condition; all gauges, the HVAC panel and the absorption system remote panel are reported to be working perfectly. The four-spoke steering wheel sits ahead of the dashboard - itself finished in leather- housing a 300 km/h speedometer, an 8,000-rpm tachometer, a boost pressure gauge and some other auxiliary ones. All of them are reported to be working properly. The six digit odometer shows barely 52’000 km.
The 90-degree, V6, 24 valves, DOHC, twin-turbo Maserati engine has a displacement of 1,996 cc and produces 283 hp at 6,000 rpm, as per factory rating. It recently underwent an extensive overhaul, as reported by the seller. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a Getrag five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential, which are reported to work as factory new.
The vendor states that, during previous ownerships, proper service was carried out either by Maserati official workshops or private professionals, as evidenced by the documentation.
Offered to auction by its current italian owner, the purchase of this 1991 Maserati Racing will include Italian ASI (Italy's historical car registry) documentation, user and service books, two original keys and the pleasure to own one of the rarest cars of the past 40 years, with just 230 units produced.