The Maserati Spyder, a two-seater roadster, was produced from 2001 to 2007. It is a varient of the four-seater Maserati Coupe. Its convertible top 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 2003 the convertible top got a glass window, replacing the previous plastic one. In late 2004 it had a minor facelift that included a larger grill with horizontal bars.
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The Spyder was powered by a 4.2 V8 which developed 390 PS (287 kW; 385 hp) and 450 N·m (332 lb·ft) of torque. It came standard with 18 inch alloy wheels that had a 15-spoke design, but after 2003 most buyers chose the optional 7-spoke sport wheels which became standard by 2005.
The manual transmission was a six-speed that was available either as a GT (manual stick shift) or CC (Cambiocorsa) using paddle shifters. The GT version had a clutch, while 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. A computer-controlled suspension damping system called "Skyhook" was optional. Driving stability was provided by Maserati Stability Program which became standard in 2004.
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