Maserati 3200 GT
'Assetto Corsa'
The last twin-turboed Maserati?

The 3200 GT 'Assetto Corsa' at the Geneva Motor Show 2001.

With sales in the UK for the 3200 GT Coupé setting record figures for the Marque with 352 cars sold in 2000 - a 72% increase over 1999, Maserati announced a rather special version in April of this year.

A special limited edition of a 'super sports' version of the 3200 GT, the 'Assetto Corsa', was made available in July.

Available in only three colours - Rosso Mondiale (worldly red), Grigio Touring (silver-grey touring) and Nero Carbonio (carbon black) this special version can be identified by its sporting interior. Special sill plates engraved with 'Assetto Corsa', racing-style alloy pedals, black leather seats with red stitching and special carbon fibre trim.

The unique sill plate of the 'Assetto Corsa'

The sporty drilled pedals of the 'Assetto Corsa'

'Assetto Corsa' means race set-up in Italian and it is in this area that the main changes have been made. The 'handling package' includes a lowered suspension set-up - some 15mm lower than the standard car with stiffer springs, a larger diameter anti-roll bar and a variable electronic suspension system which allows the driver to adjust to any of 14 individual settings.

The sporty interior of the 3200GT 'Assetto Corsa'.

Externally the changes are more subtle. The front grille and rear boot chrome elements are now finished in Titanium grey and the wheel arches surround special 15-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels painted in a special dark grey to give a 'Titanium effect' and shod with Pirelli P Zero Corse tyres. A closer inspection of the wheels reveals that the centre cap matches the special brake callipers which are finished in red.

18" BBS wheel shod with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa

'Assetto Corsa' - Set-up for the race track.

Braking response has been upgraded by the use of Pagid racing formula brake pads and the servo setting has been modified. The brake callipers are now finished in red and brake ducts have been lightened by the use of a special carbon fibre/ nylon mix. A modified steering rack gives an even more responsive feel.

Technical specification

Front engined longitudinally mounted with rear wheel drive
Type: 3217cc, V8 @ 90º, 4-ohc, 32-valve
Max horsepower: 370 bhp at 6400 rpm       Max torque: 362-lb ft at 4500 rpm
Bore: 80.0mm        Stroke: 80.0 mm       Compression ratio: 8.0:1
Induction system: Electronic fuel injection, twin water-cooled IHI turbochargers

Brakes front & rear: Ventilated discs
Transmission: Getrag 6-speed        Steering: Rack and pinion
BBS 18 inch alloy wheels
Tyre size front: 245/40ZR 18       Tyre size rear: 285/35ZR 18

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 5.12 secs       Top speed: Over 270 km/h / 170 mph.

Overall length: 4510 mm       Overall width: 1822 mm       Overall height: 1290 mm
Front track: 1525 mm       Rear track: 1538 mm       Curb weight: 1647 kg

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