Via Biturbo

Pierangelo Andreani didn’t necessarily pluck the Biturbo’s bodystyle from thin air. Like everyone else, he was influenced by others, although it must be emphasised, his Giugiaro impression was a showstopper.

1981 Maserati Biturbo. Image: carinpicture

One of the enjoyable things about writing for this site is how much one learns, whether it’s from research for these stories, insights from our incredibly well-informed reader/commenters or occasionally, from random sightings that occasionally take place when carrying out some otherwise unrelated task.

One of the latter prompted this – a chance sighting which led to a question, an inner dialogue and finally, the article you’re reading now. Having written (at length) on the Maserati Biturbo family, (and the 228 model in particular), the thought occurred; wouldn’t it be interesting to trace some of the influences Pierangelo Andreani may have drawn upon when creating these cars?

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Rather than spend a vast amount of time expounding upon my theories, I figured presenting them in visual form and allowing you to draw your own conclusions might be more amusing for you and less work for me. I’ve chosen to present them in two separate galleries – one specifically Maserati-based and a second one which shows other potential influences.

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Some of you will notice the BMW E30 3-Series is missing for the obvious reason that it was unreleased and only seen in heavily disguised form by the time the Biturbo was announced, so any similarity to it was most likely coincidental.

Others may disagree with some (or all) of the chosen vehicles. Do feel free to suggest others…

Author: Eóin Doyle

Founding Editor. Content Provider.

2 thoughts on “Via Biturbo”

  1. Was the Biturbo’s allegedly underdeveloped chassis down to being derived from an existing model or being a bitza from the outset?

    It is a pity that Maserati under De Tomaso were never able to acquire the 260-280+ hp 4-litre V8 originally intended for the Quattroporte II and tested in the Citroen SM V8 prototype, nor ever considered a non-turbocharged entry-level version of the Biturbo powered by a 150+ hp V6.

    Quite like the overall look of the Maserati Biturbo and related models, especially as it indirectly gives one an idea of what a turbocharged 4WD 2/4-door Lancia Prisma Integrale Evo could have resembled had Lancia been willing let alone allowed to develop more sporty versions of the Lancia Prisma.

    By the way do any books exist about Maserati under De Tomaso? Know there is one book about Maserati under Citroen.

  2. Thanks for that. It’s a curiosity that on its own the Biturbo makes you think of the archetypal simple oblong saloon. Obvious, even. Then as this timely study shows it is not so clear where its roots lie. The car manages to carry a feeling of Maserati but doesn’t have any directly translated elements barring, at a push, the window frame. Gandini really hacked it about.

    I feel there is a size missing between the Biturbo and the magnificent QP.

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