Seven Zooming Facts about the Maserati Spyder
- The Maserati Spyder debuted in 2001 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. However, sales of this vehicle in the United States did not start until the following year. Nonetheless, this marked the return of the Maserati in North America after an 11-year break.
- As a soft-top convertible, the Maserati Spyder's top is electronically operated by pressing a button that is located on the center console. It only takes this vehicle approximately 30 seconds to deploy and stow its top under a cover that can be found before the boot.
- Along with its near-identical counterpart Maserati Coupe, the Spyder was made available in different styles to further increase its sales. Some of the choices were ten tones of leather interior, sixteen exterior colors, several piping and stitching hues, and five top colors.
- The Maserati has an approximate weight distribution ratio of 48/52 percent for the rear and front axles. This is because, unlike other vehicles, the transmission gearbox of the Spyder is combined with the differential and installed in the rear part.
- In celebration of its 90th anniversary, Maserati released a limited edition Spyder in 2005. Presented in the 2004 Paris Motor Show, only 90 units of this Spyder were produced. It featured the then-new Blue Anniversary color that was coupled to a contrasting grey profile. It was also equipped with aerodynamic headrests, 19-inch rim wheels, and redesigned windscreen and doorsills.
- The success of the Maserati Spyder is not only reflected in its impressive sales-it's defined by its various appearances in movies and television series, too. In fact, this vehicle has made cameos in films and shows such as Desperate Housewives, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Top Gear, License to Wed, and Casino Royale.
- Want to know the differences between the Maserati Spyder and Coupe? Although these vehicles are both based on the 3200 GT and collectively known as the 4200 GT, one of the main differences between them was that the Spyder was a two-seater roadster while the Coupe was a four-seater coupe. Another difference was that the former had a 96.1-inch wheelbase, which was 8.6 inches shorter than the latter's 104.7-inch one.