The Khamsin derived its power from Maserati’s timeless 4.9-liter, four-cam, dry-sump, aluminum V8 engine – the same one that graced its predecessor, the Ghibli SS. Outfitted with Weber 42 DCNF carburetors, this engine generated a robust 320bhp and an impressive 355.5lb/ft of torque, a figure surpassing that of the Ferrari Daytona.
Coupled with a top speed of 175mph, the Khamsin boasts remarkably precise and lightweight steering and clutch mechanisms, rendering it effortlessly drivable in traffic conditions for prolonged periods. Its brakes, exceptionally potent and resistant to fading, maintain their effectiveness even during track day excursions. On extended journeys, the Khamsin offers unparalleled comfort, leaving both driver and passenger refreshed and prepared for evening engagements, a characteristic not as common among its competitors.
Carrozzeria Bertone’s maiden foray into Maserati production resulted in the Khamsin, a magnificent creation marked by the virtuoso styling of Marcello Gandini. This breathtaking wedge design embodies ideal proportions, a vertically oriented rear glass accompanied by suspended tail lights, and asymmetrical louvres on the bonnet, hinting at the commanding engine beneath. These features continue to command attention today, much as they did upon the car’s original debut.
Exuding an aura of refinement and sophistication, the Khamsin elicits second glances from admirers who find themselves captivated by its charm. Enhancing its perfection, the Khamsin exhibits neutral handling and agility on par with many smaller sports cars. Regrettably, the car’s sales suffered due to the energy crisis of 1973. Following the acquisition by Alessandro de Tomaso, production persisted from 1976 to 1982, yielding a mere 430 units, including 73 right-hand drive models tailored for the UK and other markets.