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The New Maserati Coupe

8 October, 2002

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State of the art without compromise

The Maserati Coup? is the most comprehensively advanced car in the high performance GT sector.

Only the Maserati Coup? can offer 287kW?s from a totally new 4.2 litre V8 engine built from aluminium alloy, teamed with genuine spacious comfort for four adults; a Formula 1 style gearshift which can also be used in fully automatic mode; leather and luxury material interior trim, and the optimum weight distribution guaranteed by the advanced Transaxle layout of the rear gearbox-differential assembly, Skyhook suspension, Brembo brakes. All advanced technology in any car. All standard in the new Maserati Coupe.

The Coup? offers a unique combination of top level performance, with a maximum speed of 285 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, interior space with room for four passengers, and a boot which can comfortably hold two golf bags. The innovative lines of the model are completely new, and line up alongside the recently presented Spyder.

Whilst the new Maserati Coupe inherits only 19% from its predecessor, the highly successful 3200GT, the new Coupe offers a unique combination of style, comfort, performance and exclusivity unmatched in the high performance GT segment.

The Coup? will be presented at the Sydney International Motorshow in October 2002.

A question of style

Created by Italdesign-Giugiaro, the Maserati Coup? presents a series of innovations. From the prominent new bonnet with its muscular styling that underlines the inclusion of the brand new engine, to the elegant tail with its new concept in lighting design and clear lens technology. The rich heritage of Maserati once again shines through with the inclusion of the traditional oval shield on the nose. The nose itself has also been redesigned so as to eliminate unnecessary panel junctions that would normally spoil the natural flowing lines of the new Coupe.

Craftsmanship and exclusivity

The new Maserati Coupe cleverly incorporates space with style. Design with practicality. The new spacious interior boast an additional 25 mm in height and 15 mm in length at the front as compared to the 3200GT, adding to the trademark Maserati comfort. Unique in the high performance GT sector is the ability of the new Coupe to accommodate 4 adults in handcrafted comfort.

High technology has its own place in such comfort. The Coupe?s unique Maserati Info Centre, with its 5.8 inch colour screen, takes centre stage in the main console. Entertainment and comfort are paramount ? the unit controls and manages the standard single CD player, conveniently located in the centre armrest. Trip computer and automatic climate control are also controlled via the Info Centre.

Slide in behind the steering wheel to experience the exceptional level of comfort that has made Maserati famous. Standard equipment also includes 6-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats with memory on the driver?s side, which also sets the position of the wing mirrors. Electronic lumbar support is also a standard feature.

With space and versatility as major features, great attention was paid to offering convenient storage space in the cabin, in addition to the 315 litre boot (large enough to take two golf bags). To complete the storage capability, a set of tailor-made luggage is also included among the personalised options.

The new range of colours offers the possibility to freely combine 16 paint finishes with 10 shades of leather upholstery and 5 carpet tints are all available. But Maserati goes further ? the colour choice extends to elements such as dashboard, door panels, rear shelf and steering wheel, and even runs to the colour of the thread for the stitching and the piping on the dashboard.

As with every Maserati sold, the client can take advantage of the ?Officine Alfieri Maserati? program, which offers a vast range of personalised vehicle configurations.

The engine. V8 power and flexibility

No Maserati would deserve its name without a stunning heart pumping away under the bonnet. For the soul of any Maserati is it?s powerplant. The new, specially designed 4244 cm3 engine, with eight cylinders in a 90? V, is compact and light-weight (only 184 kg), and has the structure of the most advanced racing engine. It is the first of a new generation of Maserati engines designed to combine performance, torque and efficiency, with emissions in compliance with existing and future regulations.

The crankcase and cylinder heads are made from aluminium and silicon alloy, and the crankshaft has five main bearings. Timing is by way of two chain-driven overhead camshafts per bank of cylinders and four valves per cylinder. The intake camshafts are equipped with a high pressure continuous valve timing control system, with a complete activation time of less than 0.15 seconds.

Lubrication is by dry sump with oil and water pumps in a single block. The integrated Bosch ME7.3.2 ignition and injection systems with OBD II (On Board Detection and Diagnosis System) allow for the detection of any operating malfunction, as well as guaranteeing that emission regulations are respected.

The accelerator is electronically controlled via the "drive by wire" system, while the electronic control unit (ECU) interacts with the other systems via a CAN (Controlled Area Network) line for optimum engine management.

The figures speak for themselves: maximum output of 390 bhp (287 kW) at 7000 rpm, with maximum torque of 46 kgm (451 Nm) at 4500 rpm.

Transmission with Transaxle layout

The Transaxle layout means that the gearbox (a newly designed longitudinal gearbox, mechanical transmission with six gears plus reverse) is at the rear, integral with the differential (segmented self-locking), guaranteeing optimum weight distribution between the two axles and the ultimate in driving performance. With greater stability and balance, this translates into maximum traction and searing acceleration take-off.

The Transaxle layout includes a rigid link between engine and gearbox via a tubular element which houses the transmission shaft.The high torque available is transmitted through the dry dual-disc clutch with torsional flexible coupling and coaxial hydraulic control.

Gearshift

The Maserati Coup? is available with both a traditional 6-speed manual transmission, or an electronically-activated 6-speed transmission with paddle shift selection. This solution, known as Cambiocorsa, gives the driver the choice between an extremely sporty manual gearshift (with two sports settings available varying between 80 and 150 milliseconds) or full automatic (varying between 150 and 250 milliseconds). In both cases the engagement and disengagement of the clutch are automatically activated by the electronic management system integrated with the engine control. The Cambiocorsa function is activated using the levers behind the steering wheel, while the four different settings available ? Normal, Sport, Full Automatic and Low Grip ? are selected with dedicated controls on the centre console.

Suspension and driving dynamics

The superior performance of the new Maserati Coup? is attributable not only to the quality of its engine, but also to the combination of ?sensitive? components for enhanced driveability and driver control. The suspension system means greater control of the drive train, reducing the volume of the non-damped elements with regulator bars and forged aluminium arms.

The suspension system also includes front and rear anti-roll bars and anti-dive and anti-squat features.

Also available, on request, is the Skyhook automatic damping control system, designed in collaboration with Mannesmann-Sachs. A world first launched on the Maserati Spyder. This system has six acceleration sensors which detect the driving conditions and automatically adjust the aluminium dampers, with continuous control and instant response (10 times faster than a conventional system). With the Skyhook system the driver can also choose between two different settings: Normal (for maximum comfort) or Sport (for maximum performance).

The Maserati Coup? also offers electronic traction control (ASR antiskid) switchable from inside the cockpit and integrated into the engine management system and the automatic gearshift (depending on the Cambiocorsa settings). Hydraulic power steering gradually reduces the servo effect as the speed increases.

Braking system and safety features

The Maserati Coup? features a highly efficient sports braking system created in collaboration with Brembo, with large ventilated disks and light-alloy four piston calipers. The brake servo has a two-stage operation, and the friction comes from HP 1000 model brake pads from Ferodo. The antilock system is the Bosch ABS 5.3 with aluminium pedals.

Overall safety is guaranteed by the steel monococque integrated at the front with a tubular structure which passes the strictest European and American regulations on passive safety in the case of impact, as well as the main passive safety devices (front and side airbags, seat belt pretensioners, and a fuel inertia switch).

Officine Alfieri Maserati ? Traditional Tailoring Continues ? 3 million colour combinations

With 16 exterior paint finishes, 10 colours for the leather interiors and 5 for the floor carpets available to choose from, the combinations are practically endless, and the possible colour schemes have been conceived to give the interiors of the new Coup? a particularly aesthetic balance of tones. The ?Officine Alfieri Maserati? program allows the customer to personalise the car, from the trimmings to the interior upholstery, the high performance stereo system and colour options for elements like the brake calipers. It is also possible to create a custom-blended colour for the exterior paint work. A personalised name or signature can even be engraved on the door sills.

Pricing

The Maserati Coupe is available in two forms, a conventional 6-speed manual named the Maserati Coupe GT, as well as the unique electronically-activated sequential version, named Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa. The recommended retail price for the Maserati Coupe GT is $203,500 and $215,500 for the Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa.

Warranty

The new Maserati Coupe has a class leading 3 year unlimited kilometre warranty. This also includes 3 years of membership to the Sicuro Maserati Assist program, designed specifically for allow Maserati clients to feel at ease on and off the road.

Maserati Coupe Technical Specifications

Two-door, four-seater coupe body, front mounted longitudinal engine, rear-wheel drive, drag co-efficient of 0.34

Chassis
Stress-bearing steel monocoque with tubular front sub-chassis.

Suspension
Front: double wishbone with arms and hubs in forged aluminium, progressive rate steel dampers or optional continously variable aluminium dampers with adaptive damping and acceleration sensors (Skyhook system), co-axial coils and springs.

Rear: double wishbone with arms and hubs in forged aluminium, progressive rate steel dampers or optional continously variable aluminium dampers with adaptive damping and acceleration sensors (Skyhook system), co-axial coils and springs.

Wheels: 15-spoke alloys; front 8J x 18, rear 9.5J x 18. Tyres: front 235/40 Z 18?, rear 265/35 Z 18?

Brakes: Brembo braking system with all-round ventilated, cross-drilled discs. Front 330mm x 32mm, rear 310mm x 28mm; light alloy four-pot calipers with different diameter pistons: 46-38 mm at front with ceramic insulating seals and 34-30 mm at the rear. Ferodo HP 1000 brake pads.

Bosch 5.3 four-channel ABS anti-lock system. Electronic braking effort distribution (EBD).

Transmission
Transaxle with rear-mounted longitudinal Maserati gearbox

Mechanical 6-speed transmission and manual lever selection, triple cone synchronisers on 1st and 2nd, and double cone on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th.

Gear shift ratios: 1st, 3.286; 2nd, 2.158; 3rd, 1.609; 4th, 1.269; 5th, 1.034; 6th, 0.848; Reverse, 3.565.

ZF asymmetrical limited-slip differential (25% under acceleration, 45% on lift-off), hypoid bevel gear pair, final drive 3.73 (11/41).

Also available with the Cambiocorsa gearbox, with electro-hydraulic operation and electronic management operated by paddles located behind the steering wheel.

Hydraulic dry twin-plate 215mm clutch, with torsional flexible coupling.

Steel 20mm driveshaft flexibly supported on four bearings in an engine-gearbox connection pipe.

Bosch ASR switchable and variable traction control.

Engine

The 90 degree V8 engine?s crancase and sylinder heads are in tempered aluminium alloy, the balanced crankshaft is in tempered steel and runs on five main bearings. Chain-driven twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank command four valves per cylinder with hydraulic tappets. The dry sump engine lubrication system features the oil pumps in unit with the coolant pump. Bosch integrated ignition and injection, electronic drive-by-wire accelerator.

Engine
Weight 184 kg
Displacement 4,244 cc
Bore 92 mm
Stroke 80 mm
Compression ratio 11.1:1
Maximum power output 390 bhp (287 kW)
@ rpm 7,000 rpm
Peak torque 46 kgm (451 Nm) 330 lbs-ft
@ rpm 4,500 rpm
Maximum engine speed 7,600 rpm
Coolant capacity 11.5 litres
Oil capacity 8.3 litres

Dimensions and Weights
Length 4,523 mm
Width 1,822 mm
Height 1,305 mm
Wheelbase 2,660 mm
Front Track 1,525 mm
Rear Track 1,538 mm
Front Overhang 963 mm
Rear Overhang 900 mm
Turning Circle 12 metres
Boot Capacity 315 litres
Fuel Tank 88 litres
Dry Weight 1,570 kg (Cambiocorsa 1,580 kg)
Kerb Weight 1,670 kg (Cambiocorsa 1,680 kg)

Performance
Top speed 285 km/h (at 7,550 rpm) 177 mph
Maximum speed in gear 72 km/h in 1st, 110 km/h in 2nd, 147 km/h in 3rd, 187 km/h in 4th, 230 km/h in 5th, 285 km/h in 6th
0-100 km/h 4.9 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.8 secs)
0-400 metres 13.0 seconds
0-1000 metres 23.5 seconds
Standing ¼ mile 13.1 seconds

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