Maserati Karif

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Maserati Karif
Maserati Karif.jpg
Manufacturer Maserati
Production 1988 - 1993
222 units
Body and chassis
Body style Coupe
Layout FR layout
Platform AM 339B28
Related Maserati Biturbo Spyder
Engine 2.8 L V6 at 90° biturbo
Transmission 5-speed Manual ZF
Wheelbase 2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Length 4,043 mm (159.2 in)
Width 1,714 mm (67.5 in)
Height 1,310 mm (51.6 in) [1]
Curb weight 1,281–1,346 kg (2,824–2,967 lb)[2]

The Maserati Karif (Tipo 339) is a luxury coupé produced by Maserati between 1988 and 1993. It was designed to be luxurious but also sporty and agile to allow the driver to "feel like a racing driver again or for the first time".[3] The Karif uses the same shortened chassis as the Zagato-bodied Maserati Spyder model, leading to a somewhat truncated look in the sideview. It was met with mixed reviews as it did not live up to expectations of another Bora.[3][4]

In a reversion to Maserati's earlier naming practices, the car was named after the wind called "Karif" which blows South West across the Gulf of Aden at Berbera, Somalia.[3][5]

The Karif had an engine it shared with the Maserati Biturbo, the AM473, a 2.8 L V6 engine with 3 valves per cylinder. It produces 285 brake horsepower (213 kW) at 5500 rpm which can take the car from 0–97 km/h (0-60 mph) in 4.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 255 km/h (158 mph).[1] Other sources claim 248 brake horsepower (185 kW), and 224 bhp (167 kW) for the catalyzed model.[2] With these lower power outputs, claimed top speeds were 233 and 230 km/h (145 and 143 mph) respectively.


  1. ^ a b "Maserati Karif". Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  2. ^ a b Tabucchi, Maurizio (2003). Maserati: The Grand Prix, Sports and GT cars model by model, 1926-2003. Milano: Giorgio Nada Editore s.r.l. pp. 316–317. ISBN 88-7911-260-0. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Karif". Maserati Alfieri. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  4. ^ Bracey Gibbon, Johnathan. "Oddball Greats". Channel 4. Retrieved 2006-11-12. [dead link]
  5. ^ "LEAD Glossary:Karif". Frozone. Retrieved 2006-11-12. 

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