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Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa – A Real Race Changer


Built in a modern plant – inside the historic brick structure that became Maserati’s new home after shifting from Bologna in 1939, the Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa is a serious performance car that is built as a successor to the 3200 GT. Things have changed a lot when compared to its old base, starting with a 4.2 liter ninety degree V-8 engine, which weighs forty four pounds less than the GT, despite of an extra liter of displacement. The engine case is composed of aluminum and silicon, lubricated with a dry sump. Maserati’s formula 1 experience jumps in with 3 scavenge pumps, a pressure pump, packaged with a water pump, all acting together as a neat package with the engine. The car’s output is very impressive 390 horsepower at an RPM of 7000, with the maximum torque at 333 pounds/feet at 4500rpm.

Salient Features Of Spyder Cambiocorsa

  • 16 exterior colors
  • 4.2 liter engine
  • Weighs just 1630kg
  • 18 inch alloy wheels, with 7 or 15 spokes
  • Top speed of 285 km/h
  • Accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds
  • 53% front and 47% rear weight distribution
  • Loaded with Bosch ABS and EBD braking systems

Maserati Showroom Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa V8 4.2L Engine Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa

Cambiocorsa – Race Change

The drive is taken from a dual disc clutch, and then via a driveshaft running in a torque tube that strongly bonds the bellhousing to a 6-speed transaxle present on the rear. This is where Cambiocorsa kicks in, literally meaning race change in Italian. The amazing system uses dual paddles located behind the steering wheel for hydraulic shifts in a mere 0.25 seconds. The actual process of gear shifting without considering pressing and releasing the clutch takes place in a period of just 80 milliseconds.

Four Drive Settings

The transaxle electro activated unit comes with four different settings namely sport, auto, normal and ice. Sport allows the driver to enjoy competition styled gear changes and quicker response. The auto mode allows a completely automatic driving experience leaving no need for manual gearshifts. The Ice mode limits engine’s response to throttle movements ensuring maximum safety in dangerous driving conditions. The normal mode optimizes smooth gear shifts and reduced fuel consumption. There is also an optional system named Skyhook automatic damping suspension and control system. It allows quicker reactions than all others.


The standard information center of the Spyder provides control over audio and climate. GSM phone, and GPS navigation systems were also offered as an option. Other options include xenon headlights, CD changer, parking sensors, seat heaters, and cruise control. Interior trims include leather headliner with grosgrain pattern, and a choice between wood and carbon fiber for steering wheel, door and shifter. The car was available in ten different shades for leather used in interiors. Customers even had the choice to select from various piping and stitching colors.

Modifications Over the Years

This convertible Maserati got a glass window on its roof in 2003, and some front grill changes in 2004. The grill grew taller with 4 horizontal slats. Production continued from 2001-2007, after which it was succeeded by the Maserati Gran Turismo. The Formula 1 experience of Maserati has helped in building this perfect car that doesn’t just perform well, but also delivers the extreme sports performance that it promises. Many of these vehicles are still roaring on the roads, and getting what they deserve from onlookers, respect.

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