The Maserati GranSport Spyder received its world preview at the 61st Frankfurt Auto Show in 2005. The enormous success enjoyed by the exceptionally high performance GranSport spurred Maserati to entice sportier Trident enthusiasts with an open air version that would combine the GranSport’s fiery temperament and aggressive good looks with the pleasure of drop-top driving. The result is yet another super-sporty Maserati.


Just as in the coupé version, the Maserati GranSport Spyder’s sporty personality is underscored by the front bumper which has a very pronounced low spoiler with the side bars elegantly integrated into the body itself. The look is completed by attractive 19” wheel rims inspired by those sported by the cars competing in the Trofeo Vodafone Maserati Europe series.

Traditional Maserati elegance has not been neglected either and is there in the classic chrome finish given to the front grille and the grilles over the air vents on the rear bumper.


The interior is a cleverly designed mix of carbon, leather and technical fabric trim BrighTex®, very much in the style of the GranSport. As a result, the cabin has a very strong racing feel whilst still exuding authentic Trident elegance. The upper part of the dash is trimmed in leather, while the central area, framed by the piping strip, is trimmed in a special high tech fabric called BrighTex® used in the Trident’s sportier models (the GranSport and MC12). The same trim is also used for the central strip of the electric high lateral containment seats which are exceptionally comfortable even during the most extreme moments.


The Maserati GranSport Spyder boasts the same cutting-edge engineering as the GranSport, including the more powerful version of the 4244 cc V8 engine, a power unit that now punches out 400 hp and maximum torque of 452 Nm.

Maserati GranSport Spyder

Maserati GranSport Spyder

The engine has also been combined with a special sports exhaust system (available only in markets where approval has been granted), designed to give enthusiasts that instantly recognisable deep, full-bodied rumble that only a Trident car can produce. The Maserati GranSport Spyder is available only with the six-speed electro-hydraulic transmission that allows drivers to choose between three gear shifting modes. The transmission is also controlled by specific software which in the Sport mode, offers 35% faster gear changing than the Spyder Cambiocorsa. The Skyhook electronic suspension control system is offered as standard on the GranSport Spyder too and instantly adapts the car’s damper calibration to suit the road surface and driving conditions.

Thanks to all of the technological features, the GranSport Spyder delivers a fantastic 285 km/h top speed and 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in a mere 4.95 seconds.

Market launch and personalisation programme

The GranSport Spyder will be available on the market from March 2006 and replaces the previous Spyder version. Apart from the usual wide range of Maserati colours, a choice of seven sporty paintwork colours (Giallo Granturismo, Rosso Mondiale, Nero Carbonio, Blu Mediterraneo, Blue Anniversary, Rame Ghibli and Grigio Touring) are also available to GranSport Spyder owners. Clients are given the greatest possible freedom in tailoring their car to their own personal tastes, by choosing the right combination of exterior paintwork, technical fabric and leather trim colours. As with the GranSport, an all-leather trim configuration is available on request in the 10 colours in the range.


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