Maserati Spyder GT

2001 to 2007

The model was more than just a shortened version of the 3200 GT. In fact, the Maserati Spyder debuted the all-new normally-aspirated 4.2 litre V8 engine which would be fitted to the new Coupé GT the following year. Developing 390 hp at 7,000 rpm (over 90 hp/litre), it rocked to a top speed of 280 kph (174 mph) and lightning-quick acceleration.
The styling was a direct derivation of the 3200 GT penned by Giugiaro, but the wheelbase was much shorter as the car was intended strictly as a two-seater with roll hoops behind the headrests. The shorter wheelbase was clearly intended to further enhance the handling qualities of the chassis and make the Spyder extremely agile and versatile. New taillights were dictated largely by customer surveys in the USA, where Maserati returned with the Spyder in 2002.
Mechanically-speaking, the changes extended well beyond the engine with a revised chassis, new transmission and gearbox. In true sports car fashion, the new gearbox/differential unit was mounted in a transaxle layout. Inside the car, the center console now hosted the “Maserati Info Center”, a 5.8 inch colour display which acted as a user interface for the trip computer, sound system and automatic climate control. A GPS navigation system was optional.

Technical specifications

ModelSpyder GT
Maserati internal codeTipo M138 ADE
Production start2007
Number Produced
IgnitionBosch ME 7.3.2 ignition and injection
Lubricationdry sump, pumps in single unit with cooling pumps
Transmissionmanual 6-speed + reverse, transaxle layout, rear-wheel drive, hydraulic dry twin-plate clutch
Gear ratiosI=3.286; II=2.158; III=1.609; IV=1.269; V=1.034; VI=0.848; R=3.565
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 cooling
Length169.4 inch (4,303 mm)
Width71.7 inch (1,822 mm)
Height51.4 inch (1,305 mm)
Wheelbase96.1 inch (2,440 mm)
Front track60.0 inch (1,525 mm)
Rear track60.6 inch (1,538 mm)
Dry weight3,571 lbs (1,620 Kg)
Kerb weight3,792 lbs (1,720 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 speed176 mph (285 kmh) at 7,550 rpm
Bodyworktwo-door, two-seater convertible with power roof
Fuel tank19.3 Imperial gallons / 23.2 US gallons (88 litres)
0-62 mph4.9 sec (0-100 kmh).
Quarter mile13.3 sec.
Standing mile23.9 sec.
Production dates2001-2007
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
Fuel & lubricant
Engine weight405.7 lbs (184 kg)
Weight distribution53%front / 47%rear