The Maserati Coupe and Maserati Spyder are great cars produced by Italian automaker Maserati from 2001-2007. The two nameplates refer to the four-seat coupe and roadster versions of two squares, respectively. Both models are based on the 3200 GT, sold in Europe but not in the United States. The Maserati Coupe and Maserati Spyder are both commonly referred to as the 4200 GT, which is an evolution of the previous model name and a reference to the increase in engine capacity of 3.2 L (3217 cc) 4.2 L (4244 cc).
The Maserati Coupe was first unveiled to the public at the 2001 Frankfurt Auto Show with the Coupé’s debut following shortly thereafter at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show. Sales in the U.S. began in March 2002 for the Spyder and in May for the Coupe. The release of the Maserati Spyder heralded Maserati’s return to the North American market after an interruption of 11 years. Almost as soon as they are introduced, the Maserati Spyder was selected by Forbes Magazine as the best GT 2001. The Maserati Coupe and Spyder were designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign, who also designed Maserati Ghibli, and later mid-engine supercar 1971 Maserati Bora. Interior design was commissioned by Enrico Fumia and based largely on 3200 GT interior, redesigned in 1999. Cars were built in the Viale Ciro Menotti plant in the Modena, Italy.
Maserati Coupe Interior
The Maserati Coupe and Maserati Spyder came standard with an information center that combines audio and climate controls. A GSM optional GPS navigation system and hands-free phone were also available as integrated into the information center options. Additional optional equipment includes xenon headlights, audio system and CD changer, electrochromic rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, heated seats, and cruise control. Several interior trim packages are offered, including a leather roof featuring a grosgrain pattern, and either the carbon fiber kit or Briar wood kit sporting wood portions of the steering wheel, door trim, and shifter. Buyers could even order custom Maserati luggage, made ??to match the interiors of your car
Maserati Coupe Engine
Both models use the shared platform based Ferrari/Maserati 4244 cc develops 390 hp (287 kW, 385 hp) at 7,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 450 Nm (332 lbs ft) at 4500 rpm. Significant changes from 3200 GT engine formerly the largest displacement as a result of an increased cylinder bore diameter and the move to a power which replaces the naturally aspirated twin-turbo approach Maserati had used for the last 20 years, mainly because powertrain is now Ferrari based.
The Maserati Coupe engine operates at a compression ratio of 11.1:1 configured with cylinders 90°, V-8. The cylinder bore diameter is 92 mm (3.62 inches) and length of the piston stroke is 80 mm (3.15 inches). The shares many of the design features of modern racing engines, such as dry sump lubrication, a pump assembly located outside the crankcase, and four valves per cylinder engine. The 32-valve DOHC uses chain-driven, camshafts twin-head that provide valve actuation in less than 0.15 seconds, with intake cams being controlled by variable valve timing. The heads of the crankcase and cylinders are made of an alloy of aluminum and silicon, giving the engine a relatively light weight of 405 pounds (184 kg).
Maserati Coupe Safety
Both vehicles are equipped with front and side driver and passenger airbags and seatbelts with pretensioners. Driving stability is provided by Maserati Stability Programme (MSP), which became standard on 2004 models and controls the engine and brakes to help the driver control the vehicle in extreme driving situations. The MSP system integrates 4 different vehicle systems control regulation skid control (ASR), regulation of motor rotation (MSR), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and anti-lock brakes (ABS). The Maserati Coupe wheels use a system of high-performance Brembo brakes with light alloy four-piston calipers and drilled large ventilating discs.