3200GT, Spyder & Coupé
This was the first Fiat/Ferrari car after their takeover of Maserati, a two-door coupe launched at the Paris Motorshow in 1998. Using an all new chassis and body (the latter designed by Giugiaro) it was powered by a 'new' engine, really an evolution (albeit with many significant changes) of existing designs.
The car to relaunch the brand, the 3200GT was designed as a high-performance sports-tourer, with a combination of luxury and comfort on the one hand and performance on the other. The former is provided by the four-seat, richly trimmed and lavishly equipped cockpit as well as the adaptive suspension, whilst the latter is provided by the twin turbocharged 3.2-litre V8 engine with 370bhp. Double wishbone suspension and ventilated discs with four-piston callipers all round serve both purposes. The 3200GT is fitted with either a 6-speed manual transmission of a 4-speed automatic (with switchable 'Sport' and 'Normal' modes)
As with most such cars of that generation, the 3200GT bristles with electronic equipment, including traction control, ABS, EBD, electronically controlled suspension, fly-by-wire throttle, etc. The body is a steel monocoque whilst tubular subframes front and rear carry the engine and suspension and differential and suspension respectively. The front frame is fixed rigidly to the body, whilst the rear one is attached via flexible mountings.
At the 2001 Frankfurt Motorshow Maserati revealed the new Spyder. Despite a design based heavily on the 3200GT Coupé, the car is really a new vehicle. The chassis features a 220mm shorter wheelbase with strengthening to compensate for the loss of the roof whilst the engine is a completely new unit, developed and built by Ferrari at Maranello. It is a naturally aspirated 4244cc V8 engine with four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing on the inlet valves and produces 390bhp @ 7,000rpm. The transmission has migrated to the rear, forming a single unit with the differential. A conventional six-speed manual box and a F1-style unit with steering wheel paddles and hydraulic actuators are offered. See also the news page.
Despite the visual similarities, the Spyder was really a new car, and 2002 saw the coupé version, simply known as the Maserati Coupé, being released. Significantly, this was done at the Detroit Motorshow, signalling the return of Maserati to the US market after a 12 year absence. With the same mechanical components as the Spyder, including the rear mounted transaxle and 4.2-litre V8 engine, it is most easily recogniseable due to its Spyder-like rear lights - a more conventional design after the 3200GT's rather radical solution - and the deletion of the bonnet vents which adorned the earlier 3200GT.
At the Geneva Motorshow 2001 Maserati showed the 320S Barchetta race car based on the 3200GT - see our Maserati page for pictures. Designed for a single-make race series it uses the standard coupe engine in a much lightened single-seat body with various improvements such as the brakes.
This version then disappeared from view and in 2002 Maserati revealed a new racing-version of the new Coupé for a one-make series, see our news page.
CarsfromItaly was at the Frankfurt Motorshow, see our Maserati page for pictures of the launch of the Spyder.
There are also numerous images of the Coupé, Spyder and Trofeo on our 2003 Geneva Motorshow Maserati page.
Technical Details (data for 3200GT except where specified)
Engine 3217cc turbocharged V8 quad cam 32V with 370bhp @ 6,250rpm
Spyder & Coupé : 4244cc V8 quad cam 32V with 390bhp
Suspension front : independent with double wishbones and coil springs
rear : independent with double wishbones and coil springs
wheelbase : 2660mm
track (front/rear) : 1525mm/1538mm
wheels (front/rear) : 8x18/9.5x18
tyres (front/rear) : 235/40 ZR18 / 265/35 ZR18
Brakes front : ventilated discs (diameter 330mm) with Brembo 4-pot callipers
rear : ventilated discs (diameter 320mm) with Brembo 4-pot callipers
ABS and EBD
Steering Rack and pinion with power assistance Transmission 6 speed manual (4 speed automatic available as option) Kerb weight 1590kg (automatic : 1615kg)
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