X400-Trace: US*ATTMAIL*SMCLANarrival 13 Mar 1995 07:26:52 -0500action Relayed
Excerpted from the April issue of _European car_, it is most timely
given the recent talk of Maserati and the Biturbo in particular on this list.
VINTAGE VIEWS pg 112
by Harry Newton
.....Once famous for Grand Prix, sports cars and Indianapolis racing
performances, Maserati quietly left our shores months ago, not at all
surprising in light of moribund sales during more than a decade.
Identifiable causes seldom are so easily traced in the demise of a
nameplate in our industry. The Biturbo could be characterized as the
runt of Mazerati's 1980s litter, a car with virtually no redeeming
features, a model that seemed to taint everything it touced. It certainly
killed its US distribution organization, poisioned its final corps of
customers, and played a major role in the demise of the Zagato, whose
Biturbo spider was equally lacking in merit..........The recently
introduced fourth-generation Quattroporte appears to be as uninspired
as was the Biturbo (the Yugo of luxury cars), and despite purported
super-car performance capabilities, the for-racing-only Barchetta
appears to be yet another nail in the Maserati coffin..........
Too bad, I've always *LOVED* the looks and sounds of a properly running