The 1989 Spyder was powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine displacing 2790cc and offering 225 horsepower. It had an electronic fuel injection system and mated to a ZF five-speed manual transmission. They had power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, and power door locks. In the front was Maserati’s traditional trident emblem flanked by quad rectangular headlamps. The trident could also be found at the rear of the car and on the hubs of its alloy wheels. The interior featured burled Carpathian elm wood on the doors, console, gearshift, handbrake handle, and dashboard. The upholstery was finished in smooth or suede leather. The former BiTurbo designation was no longer used for the model name. The 2+2 convertible had a base price of $45,000. The Maserati Biturbo was produced from 1981 through 1991. It was powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine that had two turbochargers attached, thus its name. The car was true to the Maserati heritage, providing luxurious accommodations in a sporty package. The SOHC V6 engine was based on the 2.0-liter Merak engine and mounted at a 90-degree angle. The export version of the car originally had a 2.5-liter V6; after 1989 the displacement was enlarged to 2.8-liters. The 2.8-liter engine, introduced in 1989, offered 225 horsepower for North American and an astonishing 250 horsepower for Europe. The third series, or Spyder III, was introduced in 1991 in occasion of Gandini’s second facelift that renewed the entire range. This included the new bonnet and grille, ellypsoidal headlights in body-colour housings, a spoiler at the base of the windscreen, deeper body-colour sills and 16” seven-spoke wheels. Spyder IIIs were fitted with Maserati’s Ranger limited slip differential Whereas the 2.0 L third series Spyder received 24-valve engines, 2.8 L cars still used 18-valves, thus remaineing the only 2.8 L Biturbo model to never get a 4-valve head upgrade. Out of a production run of 3076 cars, only 220 Spyder III’s were built and very few in RHD. This is the only known Spyder III in South Africa and is a fantastic example, finished in a desirable colour combination, and having just 32,000 kms on the odometer.
|Auction||The Wayne Plit Collection|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Model||Zagato Spider III Bi-Turbo|
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