The Maserati Karif Register
2.8-litre Production (1988-1991)






          UPDATED: 02-03-2017
 
 

The 2.8-litre V6 twin turbocharged engine of the Karif
 

Intake valves

Exhaust valve

Timing system
 

RANGER® Rear Differential

'Meccanica Attiva' Front Suspension

Rear Suspension
 

Official Maserati brochure for the Karif

Karif Libro di Uso e Manutenzione ( Driver's manual )
 
Karif - Year: 1988 to 1993

Karif was the name of an African wind, chosen to respect the Maserati tradition of using wind names for the designation of its GT cars (Mistral, Ghibli, Khamsin, etc). The proportions were rather unusual for such a high-performance coupé. In fact it was the result of a no-nonsense approach: the Karif’s lines were derived closely from those of the Biturbo Spyder with a rigid roof welded on. The aim was to create a rigid body that would enhance the handling qualities of the shorter wheelbase model.

The colour and trim treatment followed the style of the Biturbo S range, thus with two-tone paint, blacked out chrome trim and an elegant interior clad in wood and leather. Though the car was equipped with occasional rear seats, it was basically a 2-seater but with a sense of airiness due to the large windows and thin posts.

Mechanically, the car was equipped with the most powerful version of the twin turbo V6 available at the time, of 2.8-litre capacity. Rated at 285 hp it was claimed to be good enough for a top speed of over 255kph, despite later versions being de-tuned by way of a catalytic exhaust. The relatively light overall weight combined with a 5-speed manual gearbox with special short ratios to add to the sense of performance. The Karif gained a reputation for being a demanding driver’s car, of which just 222 found their way in the hands of true enthusiasts.

One of the prototype Karifs came from the ex-De Tomaso Museum, which later passed into the hands of Matteo Panini, who sold it to a German collector.

It was the official press car for all journalists to road test and write reports in many motoring magazines! All Karifs were painted in either white, red or black for general sale.

The first three cars were painted in metallic silver. Two cars crashed, and the third car was the press car which was also painted silver. But the journalists commented that the silver colour was unsuitable for photographs to be published in the newspapers and magazines. So, De Tomaso painted the exterior only of the car in Rosso Maseraticar in red outside only.

The car has now been repainted back in its original metallic silver, remains in working order, and stored bin te German collector's garage.

 
 

"Dear Maseratisti,

I have been asked by several Karif owners to set up a register similar to that of the Ghibli and Shamal, and with your help I am happy to do so.

Please send in your details to enricomaserati@btinternet.com.

I am trying to put together a database for left and right-hand drive 2.8-litre Karifs produced between 1988 and 1991 to establish the total numbers produced. This database will include all Karifs.

If any owners of these Karif would be kind enough to send me a photo, and details including; model type, VIN number, engine type, colour, interior, present location and any special features, we can establish the exact number of Quattroporte that are still on the road.

According to factory figures, a total of 221 Karif models were produced:

Please send your photo and details to enricomaserati@btinternet.com.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

"Gentili Maseratisti,

Sto cercando di creare un registro per le Karif di 2.8-litri prodotte fra il 1988 e il 1991, per stabilire i numeri prodotti. Questo registro includerà tutti i modelli Karif.

Se sei proprietari di queste Karif fossero così gentili da mandarmi una foto e alcuni dettagli, tra cui: il tipo di modello, il numero di VIN, tipo del motore, colore, interno e in che località si trova, possiamo stabilire il numero esatto di Karif che sono ancora circolanti.

Vi pregherei di mandare le vostre foto e dettagli a enricomaserati@btinternet.com.

GRAZIE TANTE PER IL VOSTRO AIUTO!

 

"Liebe Maseratisti,

Ich versuche, eine Datenbank für alle linksgesteuerten Karif 2.8 Liter zu erstellen die zwischen 1988 und 1991 produziert wurden, um die produzierte Gesamtzahl zu ermitteln. Diese Datenbank schließt alle Modelle des Karif.

Ich bitte daher alle Besitzer eines Karif so freundlich zu sein, mir ein Foto und folgende Details zu senden: Ausführung, Fahrgestellnummer, Hubraum und Standort (Land). So können wir die genaue Anzahl von Karif ermitteln, die noch auf der Straße sind.

Foto und Details bitte an enricomaserati@btinternet.com senden.

DANKE FÜR DIE UNTERSTÜTZUNG !

 

"Cher Maseratisti,

J'essaye de remonter un registre pour les 2.8-litre Karif avec la conduite à droite et à gauche produit entre 1988 et 1991 pour établir tous les nombres produits. Ce registre inclura tous les modèles Karif.

Si des propriétaires des ces Karif seraient assez aimables pour m'envoyer une photo, et des détails comprenant; le type modèle, le nombre de VIN, le type de moteur, la couleur, l'intérieur, l'endroit et tous les usages spéciaux, nous pouvons établir le nombre exact de Karifs qui sont toujours sur la route.

Veuillez envoyer votre photo et détails à enricomaserati@btinternet.com.

MERCI TOUT DE VOTRE APPUI !

 

  Left-Hand Drive Karif Production 1988-1991

LHD Karif recorded so far: 016

 

 Image

 Year

 Model

 Chassis Number

 Engine
 Size

 Engine
 Type

 Colour

 Interior

 Location

 Special Features

 1988

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100???*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 First Karif produced


 1988

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100002*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Nero
 over Soft Grey

 Pelle Avorio
 & Alcantara

 France

 On the road


 1988

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100004*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Rosso Maserati
 over Soft Grey

 Pelle Avorio
 & Alcantara

 The
 Netherlands

 Temporarily off the road
 Undergoing total restoration


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100008*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100011*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100012*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100013*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 

 Registered
 1997

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100018*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Rosso Maserati
 over Rifle Grey

 Pelle Nera
 and Grey Alcantara

 Austria

 On the road


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100020*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100021*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100022*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100024*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100025*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Nero
 over Soft Grey

 Pelle Grigia
 & Alcantara

 Germany

 On the road
 Manual transmission


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100026*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100027*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100028*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Nero
 Over Soft Grey

 Pelle Avorio
 & Alcantara

 The
 Netherlands

 On the road
 Manual transmission


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100029*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100030*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100031*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100032*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100033*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100035*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100036*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100037*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Nero

 Pelle Nera
 & Alcantara Grigia

 Austria

 On the road


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100038*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100040*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100041*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100042*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100043*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100044*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 Registered
 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100048*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Nero
 over Soft Grey

 Pelle Avorio
 & Alcantara

 The
 Netherlands

 On the road
 Manual transmission


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100049*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100050*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100051*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100052*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100053*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100054*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100055*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100056*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100057*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100058*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 

 Registered
 1992

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100060*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Swan White
 over Soft Grey

 Pelle Blu
 & Alcantara Blu

 Switzerland

 On the road


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100061*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100062*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100063*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100064*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100065*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100067*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100069*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100070*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*JA100071*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100072*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100074*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100075*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100076*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100077*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100078*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100079*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100080*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100082*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100084*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100085*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100087*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100089*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100090*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100092*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100094*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100095*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100096*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Dazing Black
 over Rifle Grey

 Pelle Grigia

 Turkey

 On the road


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100098*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100101*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Dazing Black

 Pelle Nera

 ???

 ???


 

 Registered
 1990

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100105*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Giallo Fly
 with Tetto Nero

 Pelle Nera
 & Alcantara Grigia

 France

 On the road


 199?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100107*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Soft Grey
 Metalizzato

 ???

 France

 On the road


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100110*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 

 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100114*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Nero
 over Soft Grey

 Pelle Nera
 & Alcantara Grigia

 The
 Netherlands

 On the road
 Japanese import


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100116*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 First registered
 1993

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100117*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Soft Grey
 Metallizzato

 Pelle Grigia

 Finland

 On the road


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100134*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100135*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 

 1989

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA100136*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Swan White
 over Soft Grey

 Pelle Beige

 USA

 Japanese import


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100142*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100149*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 Registered
 1992

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*LA100161*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Rosso Maserati
 over Rifle Grey

 Pelle Nera

 UK

 On the road
 From a collection in Italy
 On private plate on "K4RAF"


 199?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*LA100162*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 199?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*LA100166*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 199?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*LA100167*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Dazing Black

 Pelle Nera

 Austria

 On the road
 Manual transmission


 199?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*?A100183*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


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  Right-Hand Drive Karif Production 1988-1991

RHD Karifs recorded so far: 007

 

 Image

 Year

 Model

 Chassis Number

 Engine
 Size

 Engine
 Type

 Colour

 Interior

 Location

 Special Features

 1988

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*??????*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 First RHD Karif produced


 1988

 Quattroporte 2.8
 seicilindri

 ZAM339B00*JA190001*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Rosso Maserati
 over Rifle Grey

 Pelle Grigia

 UK

 On the road - Manual transmission


 1989

 Quattroporte 2.8
 seicilindri

 ZAM339B00*KA190003*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Nero

 Pelle Grigia

 UK

 On the road - Manual transmission


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190004*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Swan White

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190005*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Rosso Maserati

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190006*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190007*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Rosso Maserati

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190008*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 Australia

 Shipped to Australia


 1989

 Quattroporte 2.8
 seicilindri

 ZAM339B00*KA190009*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Rosso Maserati

 Pelle Avorio

 UK

 On the road - Manual transmission


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190010*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190012*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 Australia

 Shipped to Australia


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190013*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190014*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Dark
 Aquamarine

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190015*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 

 Registered
 1992

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190017*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Rosso Maserati
 over Rifle Grey

 Pelle Nera

 Australia

 On the road


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190018*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190019*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190020*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 Australia

 Shipped to Australia


 

 1991

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190021*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Rosso Maserati

 Pelle Nera

 France

 On the road


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190022*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190024*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190025*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190027*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190028*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190029*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 Australia

 Shipped to Australia


 1991

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190031*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Rosso Maserati
 over Rifle Grey

 Pelle Nera
 Grey Alcantara

 Australia

 On the road


 199?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190032*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*KA190033*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 ???

 ???

 ???

 ???


 198?

 Karif

 ZAM339B00*190035*

 2.8-litre

 AM473

 Rosso Maserati

 Pelle Grigia

 Australia

 On the road


 
 

UK Colour and Interior Guide for 1990/1991
 
 
 



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