Despite it's Giugiaro inspired supercar looks, the original 190 bhp Merak of 1972 was anything but a super performer. However, a change in ownership at Maserati from Citroen to De Tomaso was to change all that with the introduction of the SS in 1975.
The new model benefited from an increase in power to 200bhp with an accompanying modest rise in torque. Handling was improved by the introduction of wider wheels but stopping power remained a weak point due to the retention of the quirky Citroen hydraulic braking system. While performance was still not supercar hot, it at least made the Merak into a respectable performer.