27th January, 2005
Maserati is one of the few car companies that still builds cars the traditional way – with human craftsmanship. This hand built process has great advantages in regard to quality control. It also allows each vehicle that rolls off the end of the production line to be unique. This process also allows small developments to be made throughout the year to ensure that the latest technology is built into every new Maserati. However, every 2-3 years Maserati launch an all new or an updated model where developments take place both under the skin and to areas visible to the eye.
This month sees the introduction of the updated Coupe and Spyder models. The 2005 Coupe and Spyder add a fresh face to a classic design. Cosmetically, the new models look quite different to previous models, with an all new front and rear end treatments. The front bumper is now fitted with horizontally ribbed radiator grille bars and is far more pronounced, inspired by the new Quattroporte. The rear bumper now features wide air intakes shielded by a black mesh grille. Completing the new external look are the classic oval and arrow Trident badge on the rear three-quarter panels on the Coupe, inspired by the Frua designed 1963 Maserati Quattroporte.
The interior now has contrasting leathers for the central zone of the seat, dashboard and upper door panels. The instrumentation boasts new, sporty blue and white graphics that are easier to read. The seven spoke rims that were a $3995 option on the previous model, are now on the 2005 Coupe and Spyder. The central tunnel of the interior has also had new developments with the inclusion of a new cupholder-storage compartment. The reverse gear lever now has a D (for Drive) option for selecting first gear similar to the system developed on the new Quattroporte.
Under the skin, Maserati has made further software developments in the areas of engine and gearbox management. These developments enhance the smoothness and driveability of both the Coupe and Spyder models.
Deliveries of the new model year 2005 Coupe and Spyder are about to commence and due to the reduction in import duties, prices on both models have fallen by $6000. The Coupe range starts at $202,500 for the GT version and the Spyder range starts at $212,500 for the Spyder GT.