The Maserati Coupé and Spyder are grand tourers produced by Italian automaker Maserati from 2001 to 2007. They were replaced by the GranTurismo. The Coupe is a four-seater, and the Spyder is a two-seater roadster. Both models were based on the 3200 GT which was sold in Europe, but not in the United States. The Coupé and Spyder are both also referred to as the 4200.
The Maserati Spyder was first unveiled to the public at the 2001 Frankfurt Auto Show, and the Coupé at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show. The release of the Spyder heralded Maserati's return to the North American market after an 11-year absence.
The Coupé and Spyder were designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign, who also designed the Maserati Ghibli, the mid-engine Maserati Bora, and the Lotus Esprit.
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The Maserati Coupé is a true four-seater capable of comfortably seating two adults in the back. It has a wheelbase of 104.7 inches (2,660 mm) which is about three inches longer than a Jaguar XKR and twelve inches (305 mm) longer than a 996 Series Porsche 911. Overall vehicle length is 178.1 inches (4,520 mm), width is 71.7 inches (1,820 mm), and height is 51.4 inches (1,310 mm). Curb weight is 3,461 pounds (1,570 kg).
The Maserati Spyder is a soft-top convertible that is power operated and stows beneath a hard cover that sits flush with the body in front of the trunk. Both deployment and stowage of the top takes about 30 seconds. Arch-type roll bars are provided behind each seat. The Spyder's 96.1-inch (2,440 mm) wheelbase is 8.6 inches (220 mm) shorter than the Coupé's. Overall length is 169.4 inches (4,300 mm), width 71.7 inches (1,820 mm), and height 51.4 inches (1,310 mm). Curb weight is 3,600 pounds (1,600 kg).
In late 2004 the Coupé and Spyder underwent a minor facelift that included a somewhat larger grill with horizontal bars. The Spyder got a glass rear window in 2003 instead of the previous plastic one. An oval Maserati logo was added to the C-pillars, and a new air outlet (as per GranSport versions) featured on the lower rearmost sides.
The Maserati Coupé and Spyder utilize the same engine, transmission and suspension. Their performance specifications are almost identical. Both models came standard with 18 inch alloy wheels that originally had a 15-spoke design, but after 2003 most buyers chose the optional 7-spoke sport wheels which became standard by 2005.
Both models use the F136 R V8 belonging to the Ferrari/Maserati F136 engine family. It displaces 4.2 liters and produces 390 PS (287 kW; 385 hp) with 450 N·m (332 lb·ft) of torque.
The manual transmission is a six-speed that was available either as a GT (manual stick shift) or CC (Cambiocorsa) using paddle shifters. The GT version utilizes a foot operated clutch, whereas the Cambiocorsa (Italian, meaning "race change") is an electro-hydraulic manual transmission that uses a Formula One-type gearbox with hydraulic operation and electronic management. It had four different operating modes: Normal, Sport, Auto and Low Grip.
A computer-controlled suspension damping system called "Skyhook" was optional. Driving stability is provided by Maserati Stability Program which became standard in 2004.
The Maserati GranSport is a modified version of the Coupé and Spyder that was first unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. It is equipped with aerodynamic body cladding, a chrome mesh grille, carbon fiber interior trim, and special 19-inch wheels. It uses the Skyhook active suspension, with a 0.4 inch (10 mm) lower ride height, and the Cambiocorsa transmission is recalibrated for quicker shifts.
It is powered by the same 4244 cc, 90° V8 gas engine used on the Coupé and Spyder. However, the engine develops 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) due primarily to a different exhaust system and improvements on the intake manifolds and valve seats. A six-speed paddle shift transmission comes as standard. The car is 178.1 inches (4,520 mm) long, 71.7 inches (1,820 mm) wide, 51.0 inches (1,300 mm) high and weighs 3,704 pounds (1,680.1 kg).
The Maserati Trofeo is a racing version of the Coupé that was introduced in 2003. It utilizes the stock engine, but provides 420 PS (309 kW; 414 hp) due to a revised engine mapping and a modified free-flowing exhaust. Weight was reduced by 550 pounds (249.5 kg) as a result of many stock components being stripped out: soundproofing, air conditioning, and the leather interior were left out, with the regular seats being replaced by racing seats. Carbon-fiber doors and hood replace the street car's steel components, and plexiglass replaces the side window glass. The car could do 0 to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) in 4.0 seconds.
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