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2002 Maserati Spyder Review
A car that puts Maserati back on the map.
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The 2002 Maserati Spyder convertible marks a return to making great sports cars for the Italian producer. Not only is it a sharp handling and powerful roadster that is small, agile, and fun to drive; it also offers a lot of luxury and build quality. For buyers wanting a great roadster in this price range, it is not to be missed.
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Spyder Cambiocorsca, Spyder GT
The 2002 Maserati Spyder debuts this year, marking the Italian automaker’s rediscovered love of making great sports cars.
The 2002 Maserati Spyder convertible comes in two trims: Cambiocorsca and GT. Both use six-speed gearboxes, but the Cambiocorsca’s is in the style of a Formula One race car transmission. Aside from the transmission difference, the two trims are nearly identical and offer standard exterior gear like power convertible roof, rear glass window, dual exhaust, power door mirror, heated door mirror, speed-sensitive intermittent wipers, rear window defroster, 18-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, and four-wheel independent suspension. High-intensity discharge headlights and cleaning headlights are some of the optional equipment.
The 2002 Maserati Spyder is truly beautiful with classic Italian car styling with some nice modern touches. The sleek and low-to-the-ground appearance, traditional Maserati window, and small dimensions of a true roadster all combine to make it a really sharp car that will definitely turn heads and catch the eye.
The 2002 Maserati Spyder’s interior comes standard with air-conditioning, automatic temperature control, tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, speed control, memory seat with settings for two drivers, premium audio system with AM/FM, CD player and cassette, power windows, power locks, power steering, steering wheel mounted transmission controls, leather upholstery, leather trim on the steering wheel, dash, doors, and center console, plus power seats for driver and passenger. The GT gets leather trim on the shift knob. Stand-alone options include heated seats, wood steering wheel, reverse sensing system, remote cd player and a navigation system. The interior is comfortable, not too cramped, luxurious, and feature-filled.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Maserati Spyder uses a new 4.2-liter, V-8 engine that cranks out 390 horsepower at 7000 rpm and produces 330 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm and mates to a Cambiocorsa gearbox borrowed from F1 racing. A rigid link connects the engine and transmission and contains a self-locking differential. The electronically-actuated six-speed manual transmission with computerized speed selection offers four modes of operation: Normal, Sport, Automatic, and Low Grip. Mode programs are selected using buttons on the center console. The GT offers fully automatic mode operation, or the driver can work the Up and Down paddles behind the steering wheel to shift gears. Maserati’s own tests calculate the top speed to be above 175 mph. The Cambiocorsa gearbox can control the Skyhook electronically variable suspension that can automatically adjust the shock damping up to 40 times a second in Normal or Sport modes. The Cambiocorsca will run the zero-to-60-mph sprint in 4.7 seconds. It requires premium fuel and is a rear-drive vehicle.
The 2002 Maserati Spyder handles like a fine Italian sports. Something would be wrong in the world metaphysically speaking if it didn’t. While it has all of the handling moves, adaptive sport suspension with powerful grip, and confidence-inspiring drive quality; its size and the impact of that size are worth noting. It isn’t as big as other roadsters; it’s more like a Miata on steroids. Approximately the same size as a Porsche Boxster, but with much more power, it doesn’t intimidate the driver with its size. It really is small and agile adding to the driving fun and thrills.
The 2002 Maserati Spyder offers safety equipment, such as front and side-impact airbags, all-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution made by the Brembo Company, remote anti-theft alarm system, front seatbelt pretensioners, and traction control. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have performed crash safety tests, so maker reputation and the safety gear list will have to suffice for confidence building.
EPA Fuel Economy
Spyder GT: 10/15 mpg city/highway
- F1-style transmission
- Comfortable interior
- Above average warranty
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A car that puts Maserati back on the map.
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