The Maserati Spyder - Technological Excellence | Part Two

Technological Excellence: Maserati’s common denominator

There is no doubt whatsoever that what makes these wonderful cars so exceptional is their technical content. The light, compact V8 engine, transaxle architecture, Cambiocorsa gearbox, Skyhook suspension system, MSP, and traction control and braking by CAN (Controlled Area Network) line are the main features of Trident models inspired by the very best Italian tradition.

Engine

The engine powering the Spyder is an awesome 4244 cc eight cylinder, 90-degree "V", normally-aspirated engine. It is light, powerful, and like most advanced racing engines, has a dry sump lubrication and pump assembly outside the monobloc.

The performance of this spectacular engine is enhanced by timing gear featuring two overhead, chain-driven camshafts per bank, four valves-per-cylinder driven by hydraulic tappets and inlet camshafts equipped with continuously variable timing.

Other features include is also equipped with the Bosch ME7.3.2 ignition and injection systems and an accelerator with electronic "drive-by-wire" throttle control, while the microprocessor control units (MCU) interact with the other systems via high speed CAN (Controlled Area Network) line to optimise operation of the engine.

A mighty 390 hp (287 kW) at 7000 rpm and spirited 452 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm mean that the Spyder delivers breathtaking performance, power and flexibility. The result is an exhilarating drive and an engine that passes all known present and future environmental standards. Generous torque at all speeds ensures maximum driving pleasure in everyday use and incredibly gratifying responsiveness in sportier situations.

This beautifully engineered power unit produces stunning performance. The Maserati Spyder will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.0 seconds and continue until it reaches its maximum speed of 175 mph where permitted. The Maserati Spyder will sprint 1000 metres from standstill in under 24 seconds.

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Published 8 February 2005 Melanie Carter

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