Maserati 228 (228i) Kat
The Maserati 228 (later 228i) was the Italian carmaker Maserati from the beginning of 1986 until the spring of 1992 produced four-seat sports car, which belonged to the Biturbo family.
The designation 228 set a reference to the number of doors (two) and engine displacement (2.8 liters). The vehicle was unveiled to the public on December 14, 1984, the 70th anniversary of Maserati’s founding, the serial production did not begin until early 1986.
The vehicle was conceived as Gran Turismo and stood in the tradition of several years previously set Maserati Kyalami. It was designed primarily for the American market, where the conventional Biturbo was mostly perceived as too small.
In 228 it was a two-door coupe on the longer wheelbase four-door Maserati Biturbo models (2600 mm). The design of the 228 was based on the smaller turbo, but it seemed due to the increased length of elongated and elegant. The front end differed by standing on the bumpers indicators, which rose to the fender around the sides. The front end design oriented aware of the very successful BMW in the U.S. 6 Series. The chrome grille was more pronounced than in the small twin-turbo models. Inside, high-quality fabrics, leathers and woods were used.
Was powered by the 228 initially by a 255-hp 2.8-liter V6 with Weber carbs and two IHI turbochargers, which were liquid cooled for the first time. Although initially four valves per cylinder and dual ignition were planned, came into the series a 18-ventiliger motor with single ignition for use. A standard five-speed manual was supplied, on request, there was a three-speed automatic. 1986 debuted the 228i, in which the mixture preparation now carried out by an injection. The power was 250hp or, in catalyst version, 224hp. In 1988, the three-speed transmission was replaced by a four-speed unit.
The Maserati 228i was sold in Germany in 1990 at a list price of 106 520 DM. He was thus approximately at the price level of the (then newly introduced) Mercedes-Benz SL 300
In commercial terms, the Maserati was not a success. By the spring of 1992 only 469 vehicles. emerged Much of the production was exported to the United States of America. The lack of success of the vehicle is usually attributed to an inadequate product management and on to great stylistic similarity to the small twin-turbo models The vehicle is usually treated today only superficially in the brand literature.; some otherwise complete works to completely eliminate a description of the model.
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