Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa test
Intro: A SHARPENED TRIDENT
Presented in Frankfurt, last September, the Maserati Spyder forms part (with the coupe and future Quattroporte, all children of the 3200GT) of the vehicles, which must ensure the rectification and the return to the foreground of this subsidiary company of FIAT. With the Spyder equipped with the cambiocorsa gearbox and whole new 4,3 litre house, the trident mark is on the right path.
Esthetique: CONTROVERSY AT THE REAR
The designer Giugiaro was already filled with enthusiasm at the time of the presentation, in 1998, of the 3200 GT, in the revival of Maserati, the Spyder is in the same vein. Large almond eyes and malicious mouth surrounding the trident, the front end combines style and power while sending a small covering joint towards the past. Superb.
Motorization: SUCCESS OF THE HOUSE
This V8 of 4,3 litres is the pride of the Modena factory whose destinies have been in the hands of Ferrari since 1997. The engine of Spyder is rather similar to that of the Modena even if it presents a higher cubic capacity of 700cc. For all of that, the Modena remains more powerful (400ch against 390) but much less torquey. It is quite clearly a marketing question: Ferrari is the sport model and Maserati is the Grand Touring. In spite of its 1630 kg, the Spyder swallows the 0 to 100km/h in 5... Thanks to its V8. Rigorous, stripped of the least inertia, it flirts briskly with the red zone with its fulgurating acceleration. And then there is, as on the Ferrari, the gear box paddles at the steering wheel which gives the name to this version of the Spyder: Cambiocorsa.
On the road: BIG SENSATIONS
As of the first turns of the wheels, the feeling at the wheel is summarized with the captivating noise of a V8. Which adds to that of the tires. Equipped with a wheelbase of 2,44 m, that is to say 22 cm less than the coupe, a true 2+2, Spyder is a ball of nerves, which utilizes its rubber as well in turns as it does during braking. For a little, it is more difficult to drive than that of the Ferrari 575 MM (see in addition), which is 125 horse power more powerful! But, as with Ferrari, one is not long in choosing the sport position in order to benefit from a passage of the energetic gears. The more one flirts with the red zone, the faster one goes, the electronics are more effective. A true treat, accompanied by the noise of aspiration by an injection which one believed forever completed. Once the control aides are disconnected, it is better to have a lighter foot on the pedal on the right-hand side. Always also sharp and taking always a little too much rolling in the sporting mode, the Spyder agrees to slide. Initially at the front, and then the back, in a beautiful easily controllable slide... in the condition of taking off in time.