Will Maserati's new Spyder use a folding hard-top? Our latest spy photos suggest it will – this close-up appears to show a metal coupe-convertible style roof, but we've also heard rumblings from senior executives that Maserati grand tourers need the boot space that comes with a cloth roof. In which case, this roof could be an elaborate disguise or a targa-style winter top...
Our money would go on the folding hard-top, but these pictures confirm that the Spyder will have a pair of rear seats. The engineers of this prototype are using the rear buckets to store all their data logging equipment and lashings of wirework. Who said Maseratis weren't practical load luggers?
When can I buy a Maserati Spyder?
We won't see the new convertible Maser until a motor show late in 2009 – think Frankfurt – with sales kicking off a few months later. That means a 2010 debut in UK showrooms. It's a bit early to talk prices yet, but around £75,000 looks a fair bet.
The new Spyder is designed by Pininfarina and will use the family architecture of the Granturismo and Quattroporte; they roll off the same two lines at the Modenese factory and all three will share the same 4.2- and 4.7-litre V8 engines, driving the rear wheels.
How are Maserati faring in the credit crunch?
Tough times, indeed. Yet in the UK, the company is on target to be ahead of last year's sales, thanks to an influx of new product.