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First Look: 2002 Maserati Spyder

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/21/2002 Matt Stone

After more than a decade away, Modena, Italy's oldest exotic carmaker is primed for a return to our market. And by the looks of the just-unveiled Spyder, Maserati appears more than ready. This new drop-top represents much more than just a 3200 GT coupe with a chop job; it is, in fact, largely a new car. Styled by ItalDesign, its 96.1-in. wheelbase is some 8.6 in. shorter than that of the never-sold-here 3200. The GT's 3.2L biturbo V-8 is replaced by an all-new 4.2L naturally-aspirated V-8, good for 390 hp at 7000 rpm. Transmission choices will include a six-speed manual or a six-speed semi-automatic paddle-shifter unit, much like that employed by F1 versions of the Ferrari Modena.

MotorTend Image © Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image The Spyder's convertible top is a sophisticated design, including one-touch operation, a self-covering tonneau, and active pop-up roll hoops. Another high-tech touch is a new active damping system called Skyhook; Maserati claims it reacts up to five times quicker than any other currently in production. The well-equipped interior is both sporty and luxurious, with no shortage of sumptuous, hand-stitched Italian leather.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but we expect the Spyder to base somewhere around $90,000. Its public debut will come at the Frankfurt Auto Show, with its first stateside appearance at Detroit this January. Welcome back, Maserati; it's been too long. MotorTend Image © Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image


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