The push button operated soft top will stow or deploy in 30 seconds, despite it’s shorter length chassis strengthening raises the overall weight of the Spyder by 140 Coupé.
Despite the weight difference the performance of the Coupé and Spyder are virtually identical some testers finding the Coupé faster while other found the Spyder, such as the 2002 example seen here at the Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival, to be quicker.
Both variants were replaced by the Maserati Gran Turismo in 2007.
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Today’s featured 2002 Tipo M138 Maserati Coupé is a descedant of the original Ghibli, Khamsin, Shamal, 3200 GT line of 2+ tourers.
As with the Tipo AM115 Ghibli Giorgetto Giugiaro was responsible for styling the Maserati Coupé although he was no longer working for Ghia, a company which had long since been acquired by Ford, but instead ItalDesign.
The Coupé is powered by a 385hp 4244 cc / 259 cui Ferrari / Maserati F136 R V8 that in this particular vehicle powers the rear wheels through a paddle shift ‘Cambiocorsa’ electrohydraulic manual transmission, instead of the regular 6 speed gear box.
Reaching 110 mph in a 13.2 second sprint from rest over a 1/4 mile the Coupé, unofficially also known as the 4200 GT, is capable of coming to a complete stop from 70 mph in just 163 feet.
The owner of this Coupé had a DMS ECU fitted which along with modified rear silencers / mufflers and a BMC Air Filter facilitate 380hp being delivered to the rear wheels.
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