Maserati Spyder

The Maserati Spyder, a convertible version of the Maserati Coupe, was introduced in the U.S. market in model year 2002, after Maserati’s absence from the market for over a decade. The Maserati Spyder, a two-person roadster convertible, was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Italdesign team, while the 4.2-liter V-8 engine was designed by Ferrari.

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About the Maserati Spyder

The Maserati Coupe and Spyder helped to identify Maserati as the leader in high-performance, luxury sports cars, and convertibles. Once wholly owned by Fiat, Maserati is now controlled by Ferrari, its sister company under the Fiat Group umbrella. In 1999, Maserati was made Ferrari’s luxury division. A new factory was built, and Maserati returned to creating high-performance luxury sport cars and sedans.

In 2005, Maserati was split off from Ferrari and merged with Alfa Romeo under the Fiat Auto Group.

The Maserati Spyder offered two models, both equipped with the 4.2-liter V-8 engine: the GT, which was equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission; and the Cambiocorsa, which featured a six-speed automated manual transmission. Both models offer rear-wheel drive.

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As Maserati’s first convertible in their re-launch in the U.S., the Spyder is known for its high-performance capabilities and its signature Maserati attention to detail. The soft top on the Spyder is hidden beneath a hard cover when the convertible top is opened, giving it a decidedly roadster look and feel.

The sequential-shifting transmission in the Cambiocorsa works without a clutch, and allows for quick gear changes. Four driving modes are available with the transmission: Normal, Sport, Auto, and Low Grip. Normal and Sport offer aggressive shifting. Auto mode lets the car do the work; Low Grip allows the driver to start out slower in situations where traction is not good.

The Maserati Spyder’s convertible top is raised and lowered by a push button on the center console. Within 30 seconds, the top stows beneath a hard cover that sits even with the body in front of the trunk. Arch-type roll bars are employed behind the seats. The Spyder’s wheelbase is a full 8.6 inches shorter than the Maserati Coupe, giving it a very sporty look.

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The 2005 Maserati Spyder GT, equipped with the 4.2-liter 385 hp V-8 engine, and the six-speed manual transmission, can go from zero to 60 in 4.8 seconds. In 2005, the Maserati Spyder celebrated its 90th anniversary. With a long heritage like that, it is easy to see how Maserati is still able to produce a high-performance roadster that has the well-appointed interior that Maserati owners have come to expect.

In addition to acceleration times, the GT has impressive braking abilities and lateral grip when it is put through its paces. Its 96.1-inch wheelbase makes it a tight fit for riders approaching six feet tall.

The Maserati Spyder’s body is made with carbon fiber aerodynamic parts, which help the car to perform well at high speeds. And the stability control and traction control systems help the driver to control the vehicle at those high speeds.

Changes to the exterior of the vehicle were made to better align the Spyder to the appearance of the Quattroporte. A slightly larger and more prominent grille graces the front end. It features horizontal ribs and the trident logo. The bumper is also new, and the parking and turning lights are shifted closer to the grille. Seven-spoke alloy wheels are standard while 15-spoke is optional. The rear lights were also given a new lease on life; a new rear bumper features ventilation slats to help hot air escape from the brakes.

Two-tone, hand-stitched leather covers the two seats and part of the dashboard; contrasting colors appear on the doors and roll bars. Aluminum cabin trim is standard, while the wood trim is available as an option. These changes also reflect the attitude in the Quattroporte cabin.

The 2005 Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa offers the automated manual transmission. By selecting one of four shifting modes, the driver can change the shifting speed based on road conditions and the driving style. Normal and Sport offer aggressive shifting. Auto mode lets the car do the work; Low Grip allows the driver to start out slower in situations where traction is not good.

Standard equipment in both models include eight-way power seats with power lumbar and seat bottom height adjustment and memory, remote power door locks, heated, power mirrors, cruise control, variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, power convertible top with tonneau cover, front console with cup holders and storage, power steering, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, climate control, tachometer, trip computer, element antenna, six speakers, and AM/FM/CD player with radio data system.

A double wishbone front and rear suspension and four-wheel independent suspension are standard, as are four-wheel ABS, dual front side-mounted airbags, remote anti-theft alarm system, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, and engine immobilizer. The 18-inch alloy wheels are sporting 265/35R Z performance tires.

Select a Maserati Spyder Year

2004 Maserati Spyder

Convertible, Sports

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.

2002 Maserati Spyder

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The 2002 Maserati Spyder convertible marks a return to making great sports cars for the Italian producer.