2004 Maserati Spyder

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2004 Maserati Spyder Review

Stylish, eye-catching, powerful, and a rare blend of competence and luxury.

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Overview

The two-seat roadster Maserati Spyder is available in either the GT or the Cambiocorsa trim and is a top-of-the-line convertible with a one-touch retractable soft top that fits neatly behind the seats. It's equipped with a 390 horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 with either a six-speed manual transmission on the GT or a six-speed, four-mode manual Cambiocorsa gearbox on the Cambiocorsa. The 2004 Maserati Spyder comes standard with leather upholstery, lumbar seats, a parking aid, keyless entry, and a trip computer.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automated manual
Models: Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa, Maserati Spyder GT

What's New

The 2004 Maserati Spyder offers no significant changes.

Exterior

The 2004 Maserati Spyder is shorter than the Coupe by about 220mm, and its dimensions include an overall length of 169.4 inches, a wheelbase of 96.1 inches, 71.7 inches for the width, and 51.4 inches in height. With a soft top that automatically stows beneath the hard cover that rests flush with the body in 30 seconds, there’s also a pair of arch-type roll bars behind each seat. An impressive 16 exterior colors are also on tap, from Argento Luna Metallic to Rosso Mondiale.

Interior

The 2004 Maserati Spyder’s interior design and feel communicates a bit of some ""old-world"" Italian styling, decked out in leather and wood interior that’s available in 10 different colors. Even the roof was available in four different fabric colors, including beige, black, blue, and Bordeaux. Chock-full of assorted handcrafted leather upholstery shades available for buyer-customization, the smoothly cut dash area has a centrally-located information console, fitted with a six-inch LCD color display screen. From here, occupants can control the music system, trip computer, and climate adjustments. Skyhook suspension keeps the car pointed in a straight line and provides a comfortable ride, and a specialized ""sport"" function good for sharper throttle response and faster gear changes. Optional features on-board include xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, rear parking sensors, and AM/FM/CD functionality fitted to a six-speaker surround sound system. A 10.6 cubic foot trunk is by no means large.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Maserati Spyder is equipped with a 4.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 390 hp and 33-lb-ft of torque. It offers up an impressive amount of thrust, zipping from zero to 60 mph about a half-second quicker than the Coupe’s five-second rating. Thanks to its on-board computerized controls, takeoff is a snap even on steep inclines, switching into reverse mode much more quickly than in its previous incarnation. Shifting in the automatic mode occurs more smoothly as well, while in sport mode, the combination of high revs matched with a fully depressed accelerator pedal automatically triggers a fast shift speed helping to make the tires explode not only during launch but also when upshifting into second and third gear.

Safety

The 2004 Maserati Spyder offers standard safety features that include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, dual front side mounted airbags, front/rear integrated headrests, stability/traction control, front fog driving lights, anti-theft alarm system, and electronic brake force distribution.

EPA Fuel Economy

Maserati Spyder: 10/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable seating
  • Powerful engine with a quick response time
  • A lot offered for under the six-figure price tag

You Won't Like

  • Possible to get just as much for less money

Sum Up

Stylish, eye-catching, powerful, and a rare blend of competence and luxury.

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