Maserati’s Project Rekall Is a Trippy Nineties Throwback Concept

Remember the Maserati Shamal? We forgive you if you don’t. Based on the equally forgettable Biturbo, it was sold in extremely low numbers, and wasn’t really ever popular in America. Well, Maserati seems to care about it quite a lot, because it has just introduced a new concept based on the Shamal, with a sprinkle of modern tech and other funky mods.

Revealed this week on Maserati’s “Fuoriserie” Instagram account, the car, dubbed Project Rekall—first spotted by the Pistonheads websiteis just a collection of sketches, rather than an actual car. It sports the same body lines and boxed fender flares as the original Shamal, but it subs out the exterior light clusters for more modern sets. There are also some cool throwing-star wheels, a vent on the front bumper, and a thin roof-mounted wing.

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Like the outside, Project Rekall’s interior retains the Shamal’s same general cabin layout, modernized with an super-cool digital gauge cluster and some extremely comfy-looking bucket seats. Thankfully, it looks as if the car’s manual transmission has been retained. Whether Maserati’s concept artists want to keep the Shamal’s original twin-turbo 3.2-liter V-8 under the hood has yet to be seen.

A Maserati spokesperson confirmed to Road & Track that its Fuoriserie Instagram channel is intended to promote customization, showing “the infinite possibilities” with its lineup. While the designs shown on the account are “concepts that customers can bring to a real car through customization,” it’s not a place where Maserati showcases actual cars it intends to build.

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