The early 2000s are seen as a time when cars were at their finest. The design was a mesh between the classics from the mid 20th century and the avant-garde concepts for the 21st century. This is a time when car designs were experimental. As usual, the Italians were churning out some of the most beautifully designed cars, as evident in the 2003 Maserati designs.
This was a time period when Maserati rose from the ashes. Their cars during this time were some of the most brilliantly designed machines on the road. On top of that, the Maserati heritage shines through. Their cars in the early 2000s were brimming with power and performance. Maserati was a champion in the coupe department. Their 2003 Maserati Coupe GT is still one of the most pleasing cars they’ve ever created.
Why Maserati Succeeded
The early 2000s were a time when the car market was in a slow non-progressive stage. Naturally, a lot of luxury car makers took advantage of this. They made cars that were appealing and desirable. The biggest advantage that Maserati had over its rival was the fact that they were already familiar with the idea behind making desirable cars.
Their coupes and four doors were already some of the most admired cars in the world. The 2000 Maserati 3200 GT was at the forefront of ushering a new design language for the new millennia.
Today, we shift our focus to 2003 and see the brilliant line-up of cars that Maserati had assembled.
The 2003 Maserati Offering
At the time Maserati had three amazing cars on sale. These vehicles are still available in some form or another as their evolved versions and are a testament to their longevity. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular models from that time.
2003 Maserati Coupe GT
Built on the bones of the old Maserati 3200GT, the 2003 Maserati Coupe GT is the company’s return to the fore. There was more than just one 2003 Maserati Coupe review that was publish stating the car was simply phenomenal. While it may proudly brandish the Maserati emblem, it is a car made and designed by Ferrari. As a result, the car gets a naturally aspirated V8, which is a rare sight these days. The 4.2-liter engine produced 385 bhp and was a cracker on the roads. It can do zero to sixty in 4.8 seconds. For a car from the early 2000s, such numbers are blazing fast.
It also comes with a reworked suspension, rear-mounted transaxle, and fresh interiors. Design-wise, you can take a glance and figure out that this is a Maserati. It has the same grand tourer feel that the company is known for. This time Maserati offers a special transmission setup, the Cambiocorsa. It is a paddle-shift mechanism taken out straight from the Ferrari F1 cars and does a brilliant job of bringing the engine up to speed. The 2003 Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa remains one of Maserati’s more popular models.
For a coupe, it is surprisingly roomy. The Coupe is longer than the previous model, thus giving even the pseudo-bucket seats much more room. There is leather everywhere, including the steering wheel, which feels very thick and is comfortable to use.
In terms of the 2003 Maserati Coupe GT reliability, you need not worry (too much). The car is quality. Every single piece of material in the car is furnished from well-known sources. While there is a scarcity of parts, its tough construction means it will last. not to mention Ferrari needed to make a point of quality after acquiring Maserati from it’s former owners who developed the 3200 GT which does have a few quirks.
2003 Maserati Spyder
Another vehicle from Maserati that was built on the back of the 3200 GT, the 2003 Maserati Spyder was a luxurious open-top coupe-style car. While on the outside it looks familiar, under the hood is a whole new story. There is a naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 engine. The engine delivers a neat 390 bhp and can do zero to sixty in 4.7 seconds. It also has a top speed of 177 mph, which is blazing fast for a convertible.
Like the 2003 Maserati Coupe GT, the rear axle houses the gearbox as well. The Spyder happens to be a strict two-seater as the rest of the rear houses the soft-top convertible roof. It is also the car that marked the return of Maserati in the United States.
The car’s interiors are stunning. The red leather option is refreshing and vibrant to look at. If the desired owner optioned it, the black leather on the dash and the steering to give it a cool contrast. For those of you that wish to get the best out of your car in terms of performance, Maserati offers a Spyder Cambiocorsa version. The super-fast transmission system helps the Spyder get the best out of the engine.
As the car has been developed and designed by Ferrari, its performance along with the sound profile just makes it an exquisite vehicle to drive. The powertrain and the exhaust valves combine to produce a harmonic melody. Given that the Spyder is an open-top car, its notes are further refined to give you a thrilling experience.
2003 Maserati Quattroporte
A car that has been touted as the rival to the legendary Jaguar XJR, the 2003 Maserati Quattroporte marked the start of a new generation of cars for the legendary car maker. Entering the fifth generation, the Quattroporte is a car that defied the four-door car experience for the Italians.
The 2003 Maserati Quattroporte came with an all-new 4.2-liter DOHC V8 engine. It delivered a crisp 400 bhp, giving you top speeds of 170 mph along with zero to sixty times of just under 5.2 seconds. The interiors are smooth and refined. You get supple leather, a choice between four wood trims, and even a metallic trim. The car is also plenty wide and long, the intent with the 2003 Maserati Quattroporte is to firmly enter the luxury car market and they have succeeded to an extent.
Concluding the 2003 Maserati Line Up
A remarkable year from Maserati, each of their cars from the lineup was simply incredible. From the open-top 2003 Maserati Spyder to the resurrection of the 2003 Maserati Coupe GT and the latest generation of the 2003 Maserati Quattroporte, each car was a masterpiece.