Source: AutocarMaserati is building a Mercedes SL rival, complete with folding metal roof. The Italian brand is replacing its Coup/Spyder twins with two more distinct models each with different wheelbases: this drop-top two-seater is the shorter of the two.
The Spyder should be launched in mid-2006, with the Coup a few months earlier, although they were due to arrive in early 2005. The original Italdesign-Giugiaro styling was dumped as too conservative; the switch to a new Pininfarina design knocked the project back by 18 months.
The Spyder will be a strict two-seater with stowage space behind the seats, while the Coup version should have a lot more rear legroom than the current model, with Maserati proclaiming the car to be a full four-seater instead of the current 2+2.
Exact engine details are still scarce, although it will run a V8 larger than the Ferrari F430s 4.3-litre unit, pumping out between 430-450bhp. The Quattroportes double-wishbone suspension with adaptive damping will be tweaked to give the car a more sporting slant.
Modified by DSC-OFF at 2:10 PM 8/27/2006