Maserati Coupé Cambiocorsa

2002 to 2007

Along with the new 4.2 litre engine, Maserati engineers adapted Ferrari’s already proven electro-activated gearbox, characterised by paddle-shift levers located behind the steering wheel to change gear in place of the traditional manual gear stick. This marked the first such application of this technology in a Maserati, providing greater precision and control of the car in order to enhance the driving experience. The electro-hydraulic actuator eliminated the need for a clutch pedal. A controlled starter ensured faster clutch engagement to facilitate hill starts.
Together with the 390 hp 4.2 litre V8, the 80 millisecond gear shift time courtesy of the new ‘box combined to launch the car from a standstill to 100 kmh in just 4.8 seconds. The transaxle unit came with four settings:
“Sport” for competition style gear changes and faster responses, “Auto” for a fully automatic driving experience or Ice which limited the engine throttle to ensure optimum safety in the most treacherous driving conditions, “Normal” to optimise the smoothness of the gear change and enhanced fuel economy. The Maserati Stability Program included ABS, ASR, MSP and EBD and was fitted to all versions.

As in the Coupé GT, the seats were redesigned and featured 8-way fully-electric adjustments. Driver’s seat memory also kept the position of the side mirrors in check, whilst heated seats were an option. The car received a subtle restyle in July 2004, the front grille, now taller with four horizontal slats was the main change.
The Coupé Cambiocorsa served as the basis for development of the Trofeo racing car with which Maserati returned to competition in its own single-make championship; later it also debuted the car in the Italian GT and Grand-Am series.

Technical specifications

ModelCoupé Cambiocorsa
Maserati internal codeTipo M138ABE
Production start2002
Number Produced
IgnitionBosch ME 7.3.2 ignition and injection
Lubricationdry sump, pumps in single unit with cooling pumps
Transmissionelectro-activated 6-speed + reverse, transaxle layout, rear-wheel drive, hydraulic dry twin-plate clutch
Gear ratios
Chassisstress-bearing steel with tubular superstructure integrated in the front
Front suspensionlight alloy double wishbones, shock absorbers and coil springs, anti-dive features and anti-roll bar (Skyhook system for continuous automatic damping adjustment on request)
Rear suspensionlight alloy double wishbones with additional strut for roll control, shock absorbers and coil springs, anti-roll and toe-in regulator bars (Skyhook system for continuous automatic damping adjustment on request)
BrakesBrembo with 4-channel Bosch ABS and EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution)
Brakes front13x1.3 inch cross-drilled ventilated disks
Brakes rear12.2x1.1 inch cross-drilled ventilated disks
Steeringservo-assisted rack and pinion
Cooling systemwater cooled
Length178.07 inches (4,523 mm)
Width71.7 inches (1,822 mm)
Height51.4 inches (1,305 mm)
Wheelbase104.7 inches (2,660 mm)
Front track60.0 inches (1,524 mm)
Rear track60.1 inches (1,527 mm)
Dry weight3,480 lbs (1,580 Kg)
Kerb weight3,700 lbs (1,680 Kg)
Tyres front235/40 ZR 18 (8J)
Tyres rear265/35 ZR 18 (9.5J)
Wheelslight alloy (7 or 15 spoke); 8J-18 front, 9.5J-18 rear
Top speed177 mph (285 km/h) at 7,550 rpm
Bodyworktwo-door, four-seater coupé
Fuel tank19.3 Imp. gal. / 23.2 US gal. (88 litres)
0-62 mph4.8 sec (0-100 kmh).
Standing kilometre23.5 sec.
Years of activity2002-2007
First race
Engine90° V8 with crankcase and cylinder heads in aluminium alloys
Bore and stroke92 x 80 mm
Total displacement4,244 cc
Displacements (unitary)530.5 cc
Compression ratio11.01.01
Maximum power390 CV (287 kW) at 7,000 rpm (maximum engine speed 7,600 rpm)
Maximum torque330 lbs/ft (451 Nm) at 4,500 rpm
Timing gearfour valves per cylinder, two chain-driven overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, continuous valve timing control system
Fuel feedBosch ME 7.3.2 injection with electronic control, electronic drive-by-wire throttle control
Engine weight405.7 lbs (184 kg)
Weight distribution52%front / 48%rear