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Maserati Khamsin (1973 - 1982)

Last updated 26 March 2013

Supreme high speed GT car with 160mph-plus potential
Citroen steering and brakes take some getting used to
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Despite its new-found commitment to the mid-engined cause, the Maserati Khamsin arrived in 1973 as its maker's commitment to the old-fashioned GT. It was a departure from the Ghibli and Indy in terms of design, as it now wore a Bertone sharp suit. The Italian design house also conceived its updated body engineering.

The suspension and steering were closely related to the mid-engined cars but the high geared power assisted steering and high pressure braking system were lifted straight from the Citroën SM. The low-effort set-up proved remarkably successful once owners had acclimatised to it, even if it was at odds with the super-stiff chassis settings. Poor interior layout and visibility were negated by the 320bhp from its 4.9-litre Indy engine – over 150mph was possible.