2019 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction

1988 Maserati Biturbo 2.8 Spyder




Engine 2491cc V6 Bi Turbo
Gearbox Three-speed automatic
Body Work Convertible
Colour Red
Interior Beige
Trim Leather
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Disc/disc


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With the advent of the ‘80s, Maserati began to focus on building a smaller, high performance luxury coupe to compete with the likes of BMW, the result of which was the Biturbo. Unveiled in December 1981, at the heart of the new model was a 90-degree V6 engine with twin turbochargers (at a time when any form of forced induction was still something of a novelty) boosting output to an impressive 180 bhp from just 2-litres. The first Biturbos were sold in coupe form, with the terrific styling by Giugiaro's Ital Design studio, but the range was soon expanded to include both a four-door sedan and convertible and the engines enlarged to 2.5-litres. The open-topped Biturbo was an adaptation by Zagato on a wheelbase shortened by four inches, with a suede-lined hood with excellent fit and finish. There is just one word to describe the interior of the Biturbo - sumptuous. From the soft leathers to the elegant trademark clock, the ambience of the cockpit is in stark contrast to the more clinical interiors of its German rivals. The Biturbo Spyder is a quick, stylish and very affordable Latin supercar that will, with proper maintenance, provide many years of reliable and immensely rewarding driving.