Maserati Spyder
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Make: Maserati
Model: Spyder
Maserati Spyder

Upon its release, the Maserati Spyder became the first Maserati sold in the United States since 1990. The Coupe was released shortly thereafter to much delight. They are also the first Maseratis to feature a normally aspirated V8, which was also welcomed by drivers. Maserati had been producing twin turbo engines for 20 years prior to the release of the 2002 Coupe and Spyder. In 2002, Maserati released the Coupe and Spyder, based on the 3200 GT, which is sadly not sold in the United States. These puppies come in with a top speed of 177 mph and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.9 seconds. The V8 engine was designed by Ferrari but was indeed built by Maserati. It has variable valve timing on the intake side only, however a highly developed version of this engine used in the F430 had variable valve timing on both intake and outlet sides. The Spyder was first revealed to the public, which was in awe, at the 2001 Frankfurt Auto Show. It made its United States debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2002, once again to gaping jaws. Both models include an optional computer-controlled automatic damping system called Skyhook, high-performance Brembo brakes and an information center that combines audio and climate controls but in reality it is difficult to use. A global-positioning navigation system and hands-free phone are available as options, and they are of course user friendly. Both came standard with 15-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels in 2002, but after 2003 most had the option of five-spoke sport wheels. Maserati offers a range of exterior colors and ten shades of leather interior. Also five colors for the Spyder's convertible top are offered. But, the best part, Maserati owners can even order custom Maserati luggage, made to match their cars' interiors.

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