1977 / 1983
Under the bonnet: Maserati’s ultra-reliable V8. The Kyalami was a kind of transitional model, at a time when the new management was planning the programmes to come. And even in these conditions, the car lived up to the Trident emblem. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1976, the Kyalami revived the philosophy of the four-seat, three-volume coupé, interrupted with the last Mexico four years earlier. Its name celebrated the South African racetrack where Pedro Rodriguez had won the 1967 F1 Grand Prix in a Cooper-Maserati T81. The Kyalami was Pietro Frua’s last creation for Maserati, the crowning achievement of a fruitful collaboration that had begun 25 years earlier. The 4.2-litre V8 produced 265 bhp (later reduced to 253 bhp and fitted with a new exhaust system) and reached a top speed of 235 kph. The independent rear suspension on an auxiliary chassis was inherited from the Khamsin. The disc brakes were in-board (installed in the wheel hub).