• Maserati Spyder GT

The Spyder is a sports car built by Maserati from 2001 to 2007 in two versions, called GT and CambioCorsa.

With this model, the Maserati returned to produce a spyder after seven years of absence from the relevant market. Both versions were presented to the public at the IAA in Frankfurt in September 2001. The "CambioCorsa" was the first Maserati to fit a changing technological discoveries which came from Formula 1.

The "Spyder" was derived directly from the 3200 GT, but there was a real evolution in the studio for the new model, starting from the engine, which was the same then mounted on the Coupé the following year. The line was inspired by a lot instead of the 3200 GT Giugiaro, but with a much shorter step, more appropriate for a two-seater and the most likely to make the car more agile driving with a sporty approach. Other new features over the previous model, extolling the sporting characteristics, were the type transaxle transmission and the frame completely revised.

Compared to the "3200 GT" there was the redesign of the rear lights, which originated from a survey carried out to customers in the United States.

A technology that was proposed was the "Maserati Info Center", a color display in which they were shown the controls for the trip computer, the hi-fi and air conditioning. As an option, it was possible to have a satellite navigation system.

For the "Spyder CambioCorsa" there were four different selections of the transmission, where the graft was performed electrically:

For this model it was possible to have the Skyhook suspension type, which presented an automated control of the same, and that gave a more rapid response time to stress.

In 2003, 2004 and 2006, there were some small revisions that offered an improved model. In the first year the roof was joined by a glass rear window and in the second there was a restyling of the vehicle involved especially the grille. In third was instead provided a number of options as a whole called "Vintage", including chrome vents installed on the front fenders reminiscent of the aesthetics of the 3500 GT.

The lighting was integrated power plant, which included a system of injection Bosch brand like "ME 7.3.2" and a throttle valve with electronic "drive-by-wire". Lubrication was dry sump pump in a single system, which was in turn assisted by a pump refrigeration. The cooling system was water circulation. The distribution was four valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank driven by chains and a continuous phase.

The engine was 90 ° V8 with block and cylinder head in aluminum alloy. The bore and stroke were respectively 92 mm and 80 mm, while the displacement was 4244cc and the compression ratio of 11:1. The power output from the engine was 390hp at 7000 rpm, although the maximum speed reached in 7600. Maximum torque of 451 N • but it was 4500 rpm.

The transmission consisted of a six-speed manual transmission plus reverse with transaxle configuration, with gear ratios that were 3,286 (for first gear), 2,158 (for the second), 1,609 (for the third), 1,269 (for the fourth) and 1.034 (for the fifth), 0.848 (for the sixth) and 3.565 (for the reverse gear). The reduction ratio was 01.03,7. The tension was back, while the twin-plate dry clutch was hydraulically implemented.

The chassis was monocoque steel tubular structure. The front suspension had a defined geometry "antidive", while the rear possessed a supplementary strut and anti-roll bars for controlling the convergence. Both were formed by double wishbones made of light alloy, with shock absorbers, coil springs and stabilizer bar. It was possible to have rear suspension type Skyhook, which presented an automated control of the same and better maneuverability. The brakes were ventilated discs Brembo, with Bosch ABS and EBD. The steering was power-assisted rack with.

The body was convertible with 2 doors and 2 seats, power roof. The weight distribution was 53% for the front and 47% for the rear.

The maximum speed reached by the model was 285km/h at 7000 rpm, and accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 s.