2000 Maserati 3200 GT
Nearly killed off by the 1973 oil crisis, Maserati struggled to stay afloat until the 1990s. Despite a mild financial improvement in the late 1970s under De Tomaso ownership, Maserati didn’t bounce back until the late 1990s, after the brand was sold off to its long-time arch-rival Ferrari. Althoough the Maranello firm took over in 1998, the last links to the De Tomaso era were cut in 2002, when the 3200 GT was replaced by the Coupe.
Developed to replace both the Shamal and its V-6-powered brother, the second-generation Ghibli, the 3200 GT was introduced in 1998, five years after De Tomaso sold its 51-percent stake to Fiat and a year before Ferrari took full control of Maserati. Even though the 3200 GT was a significant departure from its predecessor, its drivetrain was based on the Shamal’s, which was already eight years old and somewhat dated for a luxury coupe aimed at Jaguar and Porsche products.
As a result, the 3200 GT was sold for only four years and replaced for the 2002 model year by the Coupe, which featured similar styling but gained a brand-new engine co-developed with Ferrari. The 3200 GT was the last Maserati to use technology developed under De Tomaso ownership and marked the retirement of the twin-turbo, 3.2-liter V-8 unit. Since then, all Maseratis have been fitted with engines developed in cooperation with Ferrari.
Although far from a classic, the 3200 GT is now regarded as the car that opened a new chapter for Maserati, bridging the gap between the struggling, De Tomaso-owned company and the reborn, Ferrari-managed brand.
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