After more than a decade away, Modena, Italy's oldest exotic carmaker is primed for a return to our market. And by the looks of the just-unveiled Spyder, Maserati appears more than ready. This new drop-top represents much more than just a 3200 GT coupe with a chop job; it is, in fact, largely a new car. Styled by ItalDesign, its 96.1-in. wheelbase is some 8.6 in. shorter than that of the never-sold-here 3200. The GT's 3.2L biturbo V-8 is replaced by an all-new 4.2L naturally-aspirated V-8, good for 390 hp at 7000 rpm. Transmission choices will include a six-speed manual or a six-speed semi-automatic paddle-shifter unit, much like that employed by F1 versions of the Ferrari Modena.
During the year 2002 Ferarri owner the Maserati brand, which means that this Maserati Spyder actually has a Ferarri engine.