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  Maserati Coupe
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Introduced in:2002
Introduced at:2002 NAIAS
Designed by:Giugiaro / Italdesign
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe introduction of the Maserati Coupe at the 2002 NAIAS heralded Maserati's return to North America, after an absence of over a decade. Even though Coupe looks quite similar to the 3200 GT it replaced it is more shares more parts with the Spyder introduced at Frankfurt in 2001. The Giugiaro styled body has a pronounced and muscular bonnet line which gives a hint of the new engine below, and new tail-light clusters with clear lenses. The most difference with the 3200GT is the completely new drivetrain.

The Maserati Coupe is equipped with the all-new, 390-bhp 4.2-litre alloy V8 engine which powers the car to a top speed of 285 km/h, covering the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.9 seconds. The Cambiocorsa models are equipped with a Formula 1 style gearshift with a full automatic option for ease of use, and the advanced transaxle layout with the rear-mounted gearbox in unit with the differential provides optimum weight distribution for ideal handling.

The suspension features arms and hubs in forged aluminium to reduce unsprung weight to a minimum and incorporates front and rear anti-roll bars and anti-dive and anti-squat geometry. Also available, on request, is the Skyhook automatic damping control system, designed in collaboration with Mannesmann-Sachs and a world first on the Spyder. This adaptive damping system uses six acceleration sensors to detect the driving conditions and automatically adjust the aluminium dampers to suit the road conditions, and responds 10 times faster to inputs than conventional electronic damping systems. With the Skyhook system the driver can also choose between two different settings: Normal (for maximum comfort) or Sport (for maximum performance).

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