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First Look: Ferrari 488 Spider

Lightweight power hardtop opens in 14 seconds.

by on Sep.16, 2015

The 488 Spider's drop top was designed to add minimal weight to the sports car.

You already know the Ferrari 488 Spider is going to be fast, but that extends to the new folding hardtop, as well, which will retract in a mere 14 seconds, the Italian automaker announced during the preview of the new cabriolet at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Spider is the open-air version of the only recently launched Ferrari 488 GTB, and with the top up, the two models bear a strong visual resemblance. The good news is that they also share the same basic performance specs thanks to the design of the top which adds only a modest amount of mass to the new model.

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Cutting the roof off is always a challenge for Ferrari engineers. It not only risks adding weight, but weakening a car’s chassis and worsening aerodynamics. The maker claims it was able to overcome all three of those potential problems.

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End of an Era? Ferrari Debuts the 458 Speciale A

Convertible could be Ferrari's last naturally aspirated V-8 road car.

by on Oct.02, 2014

The 458 Speciale A reportedly can outrun the legendary Enzo at Ferrari's test track.

Ferrari is rolling back the roof on its new 458 supercar line with the introduction of the 458 Speciale A that is making its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

All but identical to the hardtop 458 Speciale, the new V-8 powered 2-seater is reported to be faster around the Ferrari test track than the Italian maker’s legendary Enzo. It’s also an eye-popping design that turned the maker’s show stand into one of the top destinations during the opening day of the Paris show’s media preview.

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The maker plans to produce just 499 copies of the Ferrari Speciale A, making it nearly as unique as the maker’s Enzo replacement, the flagship LaFerrari model. Adding to its appeal, there’s strong speculation the convertible could become the last Ferrari road car to use a naturally aspirated V-8 engine.

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First Look: Ferrari 458 Spider

Maker offers a tease before Frankfurt unveiling.

by on Aug.23, 2011

The new Ferrari 458 Spider gets a folding hardtop roof.

The Frankfurt Motor Show is still nearly a month away but we’re already getting a good hint of what’s to come at the most important European car show of the new model-year – including this first look at the Ferrari 458 Spider.

As its name suggests, it’s a drop-top version of the current 458, though Ferrari has opted for a folding hardtop design, rather than conventional canvas – and, in something of a surprise the Italian supercar maker claims that strategy actually saves a full 55 pounds.  More typically, metal fold-ups, like those found on a BMW 3-Series cabriolet, are the heavier option.

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Even with the origami metal, the Spider weighs in about 100 pounds more than the conventional Ferrari 458, adding about a tenth of a second to its 0 to 100 kmh time, which remains a still-impressive 3.4 seconds.  As for top speed, the 458 Spider will hit 198 mph compared to 202 for the standard 458.

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