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So if you have any news about Maseratis or have anything owners and enthusiasts should know, send details to

The Trident mosaic that greets
visitors to the Panini Museum
You can click on some pictures for a better view!!

From Mitchell in the USA

"Dear Enrico,

Love your site, go back many times.

All the best,


From Gareth in the UK

"Dear Enrico,

It's Gareth, hope you are well. I came across this on the net and wondered if many people had seen this picture or maybe know what these cars were. It was taken outside the old De Tomaso factory and appears to be a 222 based fastback coupe of some sort.



Described as a great 1994 photo of behind the De Tomaso (Not Maserati!!) factory.

I'll be honest, I know nothing about this particular prototype. It must be that as it was never put into production. I'm making a few enquiries, but in the meantime, if anyone out there knows something about this Biturbo Fastback, please let us know.

Thank you,


From Mark in The Netherlands

"Hi Enrico,

Did you notice the rear bumper on that prototype ? It is the front bumper of the regular early Biturbo! But it has a 5-bolt wheels....

Here is what I did: I forwarded your picture to a couple of friends who may know something about this prototype. One is a collector, the other a former Maserati engineer who worked at the factory for many years, mainly during the De Tomaso era. We met him in the Piazza Costituente at Mirandola on Sunday where he was with his MINT 228 (white with a black interior), and who knows a lot about these cars, especially details as how many 228s were built with 4-bolt wheels and how many with 5 bolts........(we are car nuts, right ?) !

In that very same Piazza, an Italian guy asked me if I happened to know of a light blue Biturbo Si in The Netherlands. He had sold it to a Dutch guy and as far as he knew, the car was now in the hands of a member of the Dutch Maserati Club. I asked him if this car had a golf-ball-mark on the hood, which he confirmed, whereafter I could confirm the car was now mine! Unbelievable, but this guy was the first owner of my Biturbo Si. Btw: as much as I LOVE to drive the Shamal, the Si always makes me smile because it is such a fun car to drive.....

Anyway, I will keep you updated on the picture.



From Philippe in Belgium

"Caro Enrico,

Eccola la 228 (email di Mark)....sulla Piazza di Mirandola.

E la saluta della tu moglie?

A presto,



The MINT 228 in the Piazza Costituente, Mirandola ...

.. during the 5th Marco Turci Memorial Meeting 2008
From Roberto in Brazil

"Dear Enrico,

I am Roberto, the driver of Maserati Trofeo Light in Brazil.



Here are some links of the on-board camera of our Trofeo Light.

Enjoy the ride, and don't froget to turn up the volume!


Santa Cruz do Sul:




From Newspress in the UK


Maserati and COYS created a stunning showcase today at the stylish Bluebird Café in Chelsea, London, displaying three classic Maserati single seat grand prix cars alongside the GranTurismo S, on its official début on UK roads.

On display were the stunning works 1936 Maserati 6CM, raced to victory by Aldo Marazza at the Naples Grand Prix in 1938, accompanied by the ground-breaking 1948 4 CLT, an ex-works grand prix car, raced by Reg Parnell and later by Juan Manuel Fangio. Finally the iconic 1954 250 F, originally delivered to Tony Vandervell and ultimately driven by the exuberant Mike Hawthorn completed the line up*. The 250 F entered into Maserati history as the car in which the great Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1957 Formula One World Championship. These three cars have been recently sold by COYS for in excess of five million dollars.

Alongside its illustrious predecessors, the Maserati GranTurismo S received today its official début on UK roads. The GranTurismo S is the ultimate expression of Maserati’s sportiness. Its 440 HP V8 4.7 litre engine, electro-actuated gearbox with fast MC Shift, transaxle layout, sporty exhaust and dual-cast brakes make the GranTurismo S a true ambassador for Maserati’s sporting flair, with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 183 mph, the highest ever reached by a standard production Maserati. The GranTurismo S goes officially on sale today, with prices starting from £89,900 OTR.

Andrea Antonnicola, Managing Director of Maserati GB said: "Maserati is one of the most iconic marques in the world and this was a unique occasion to see the very best of old and new."

Chris Routledge, the Managing Director of COYS said: "It could well be the last time that these three famous Maseratis are together in one place. The fact that Maserati are using this occasion for the UK debut of the Granturismo S is fantastic."


The Maserati GranTurismo S and 250F
outside the BlueBird Café’ in London

The Maserati GranTurismo S, flanked by
three Grand Prix Maseratis: a 250F, a 6CM and a 4CLT.
From Enrico in the UK

"Dear Maseratisti,

The recent presentation of the GranTurismo MC Concept by Maserati at Monza last month, got me wondering about another concept car that was presented at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2001, the 320S.

Some of you may not remember this Fabrizio Giugiaro designed "barchetta-type" car, produced in conjunction with Maserati, Italdesign, Sparco and Michelin, but it was based on the V8 3200 GT, complete with those famous "Boomerang" rear lights!

Following its presentation, we enthusiasts had hoped that a monomarque race series would follow. Sadly this never happened and to all intents and purposes, it disappeared without trace!

Well I'm happy to report that the car has now re-surfaced in the hands of its new Italian owner, Sig Marcello Candini. The Maserati 320S is presently being "brought back to life" at the Giuseppe Candini workshop in Modena, and should bring a pleasant roar to many Maserati sponsored events in the near future!

In the meantime please enjoy these photographs sent to me by Sig. Aurelio Sportelli of Sparco shortly after its launch back in 2001.

















From Enrico in the UK

"Ciao Maseratisti,

A short time ago, an enthusiast posted a link on the BiturboZentrum Forum to a "very nice" 1989 Biturbo Spyder E that is presently for sale on the Cannillo Motorsports Ltd. web site. Described as being in "spectacular condition throughout with only 8,000 miles original miles", I am sure you will agree that the photos certainly confirm this!

Having checked it out, I thought fellow Maserati enthusiasts would also enjoy the detailed photos of this immaculate Spyder E. Luckily, Chris Albanese of Cannillo Motorsports Ltd. has very kindly granted me permission to publish their photos.

You have to admit, this 2.8-litre Spyder E looks good with the hood up or down, so enjoy,










































I think it's being sold at a very attractive price. Check it out at the Cannillo Motorsports Ltd. web site.

From Gert in Belgium

"Hello Enrico,

Included you find three photos of Maseratis that were present at the Special Car Meeting two weeks ago.

The event was just like the previous years ... another success!




The Maserati 3200 GT

Really nice Biturbo Spyder

Merak with the US specification front bumper!
From Maurizio in Japan

"Ciao Enrico,

Here is a write-up regarding the modifications on my GranSport.

Have a nice day!


My Maserati GranSport Elaborata

"Dear fellow Maseratisti,

A few months ago I decided that my stock MY2005 GranSport needed some performance upgrades and so spent several weeks doing background research to decide what to do.

It is interesting to note, that unlike other marques, Maserati tuners are few and far between, however I've been able to find a few good ones and I'd like to share with you my experience and what parts were added/modified.

The garage that undertook the work was Miracolare a specialist shop for Italian cars and Maseratis in particular based in Yokohama.


The GranSport's stock exhaust makes a lovely sound, with a valve that lets the system roar on start-up and past 3k RPMs in normal mode, or all the time if engaging the "sport" mode.

However, there are exhaust systems on the market that are much lighter and develop more power and performance and I decided to replace the whole stock system.


The GranSport's standard front pipesThe stock front pipe has a shockingly poor design. I had no idea till I saw what it was like. I decided to replace the front pipes and catalytic converters with the high flow sport model made by Bertocchi, a Japanese tuning company associated to my garage Miracolare.

The picture of the two pipes compared to one another, the Maserati stock front pipe is at the top, whilst Bertocchi's pipe is at the bottom, tells you the whole story.

Here is a picture of the new front pipes in my car.



The GranSport, unlike the 4200 Coupe/Spyder, comes with an x-pipe but it is heavy and not particularly free flowing, so I chose to get Larini Systems' custom x-pipe. Here it is installed.



Finally, I chose the Larini back boxes as replacement for the stock mufflers, which should provide an additional 10hp and better flow.


To say the car is loud is actually an understatement (you can check my YouTube channel to find out for yourself) but what is more important to me is that power and torque has been maximised.

The only downside of this set-up is that there is no valve operated through the "sport" button, so the exhaust is always loud. I personally don't mind it but I can appreciate how a "quiet" mode may be helpful. As such, I can report that there is a tuner offering exhausts for the GranSport and other Maserati models that come with a remote control with three settings: off, normal and loud and that makes excellent products: Kreissieg. However, the cost of such exhausts are very high and chose to go the Larini route.

Finally, I was told that Bertocchi is working on their exhaust system so to link it directly with the "sport" button. Bertocchi have not yet confirmed a delivery date for such set-up as they have not finished development work on it.



I didn't want to touch the stock ECUs, but I wanted more power, so I was fortunate to get to know Formula Dynamics a US-based tuner that specialises in Maserati and other premium brands, who have devised two "add on" ECUs that greatly improve the car's performance.


This module improves the way the clutch behaves and transforms the cambiocorsa gearbox into a completely different animal. Before, it was quite normal to depress the throttle till halfway before getting any traction from the wheels and gear changes were often jerky. Whereas now the car drives instantaneously upon touching the throttle. Gear changes are much faster and as a result, clutch life (a sore point for cambiocorsa Maseratis) is expected to be extended.

The module comes with two settings: one standard and one aggressive (which is my favourite one, of course).

Full product information is here:


This module gives 20-30hp more and another 10-30lbs of torque. It kicks in after 4k RPMs, when pushing, so to avoid using up too much fuel when not needed and as such, fuel economy is expected not to vary much from stock (though we all know we don't buy Maseratis for their fuel economy).

Formula Dynamics optimised the ECM based on the fuel type used in Japan and my new exhaust/air filter set-up.

Full product information is here:



Formula Dynamics also sells sport springs, for either Skyhook and non-Skyhook cars, which reduce body roll and plant the car firmer on the pavement.

I have to say I never felt the GranSport to be a slouch around corners but it now feels like it is on rails in fast corners.

Upon the installation of the sport springs, the car was lowered by 1cm. I could have lowered it more but living in a big city, full of manholes and whatnot, I decided to avoid pushing it down to the limit.


the stock springs (right) vs sport springs (left)

The new sport springs are in


Added a carbon fiber front undersweep spoiler to enhance high speed downforce. I sourced this from Bertocchi.


Here is what it looks like ...

... and here it is on my car!


Since I changed the whole exhaust, I chose to add a sport air filter, so the natural choice was to get one from Italian specalist BMC Air Filters. I am told a sport air filter is not particularly effective without the exhaust modifications though it still lets the engine breathe better.




The last modification was the installation of wheel spacers to widen the stance of the car. Purchased from Bertocchi.



Finally, this is me picking the car. You can tell I was a happy camper!



The whole thing did end up costing quite a bit of money but it has honestly taken the car to a whole new level and I am delighted with how it's turned out.

A special thanks to Jeff Roelands at Formula Dynamics and Noda-san at Miracolare for their help and professionalism throughout the process.

Finally, if you have any questions with regards to any of the above modifications, feel free to contact me through Enrico and I'd be happy to share with you my experience and knowledge.

Happy motoring,

Maurizio - Maserati Club of Japan Member.

From Maurizio in Japan

"Dear fellow Maseratisti,

Having decided to get more out of my GranSport, I turned to the best known garage/tuning shop in Japan for Maseratis: Miracolare -


Miracolare is based in Yokohama, a solid 45 minutes drive (on a good day) from central Tokyo. They are a independent garage specialised in Italian cars, but Maseratis in particular. Miracolare has several business lines:

Tuning and Parts sale

Miracolare offers bespoke tuning services, and is associated to a Japanese tuning company, called Bertocchi that specialises in exhaust systems and other parts. Moreover, they also carry tuning components from other companies, such as a set of multi-adjustable suspensions for the 4200 models, developed by renowned Dutch suspension tuner Aragosta.

Miracolare also supports clients interested in track days, which I am hoping to do quite soon!

Used Car sales & servicing

They have a nice collection of Ferraris, Lamboorghinis, Alfa Romeos and of course Maseratis! Miracolare also offers to arrange the Japanese equivalent of the MOTs (shakken) and servicing. In terms of Maseratis, when I was there recently they had several GranSports, Coupes and Spyders as well as a Quattroporte IV for sale.


Gadgets, Merchandise

They have a good collection of Italian car related goodies, ranging from model cars to keyrings and stuffed animals, and magazines.


The store manager, Noda-san, speaks a bit of English and has been extremely helpful and prompt throughout the process. Kishi-san, the head mechanic, is a talented, smart and patient professional. Whilst my car was getting modified, I received daily progress reports, including several photos, which I thought was a fantastic bit of customer service.

As a side note, Noda-san was a keen young racer but gave up many years ago, only to pick it up recently: his blue Maserati Coupe' is easily recognisable at Fuji Speedway (where F1 races are held) with his big spoiler and racing stripes! Noda-san has posted several well made videos of his on-track exploits on YouTube (just check Miracolare's channel) and I have to say he's quite handy behind the wheel.

I have met several fellow Maseratisti who have either bought parts or got their car tuned by Miracolare and they've all been extremely happy with the quality of service and goods supplied.

If you live abroad and are looking for quality products for your 3200 or 4200 models, I would wholly recommend Miracolare!


Maurizio - Maserati Club of Japan member."

From Ricky in Tenerife

"Hi Enrico,

This is Ricky from Tenerife in Spain.

You have attached photos from my Maserati 4.9-litre Ghibli SS. It is not finished yet, but nearly. Hope very soon I will send photos running !! With all the details inside, just like Tag Heuer chronographs...etc.

Hope you like,




































Also I made a NEW is the link ....




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