The Ferrari 488 Spider has been revealed less than six months after the hardtop 488 GTB made its presence known and it is clear from the get-go that the Spider will be even more special.
Ferrari says its new masterpiece has been designed to set new benchmarks in its segment. These include the aluminium spaceframe chassis, new turbocharged V8 engines, and aerodynamic abilities that sees to greater downforce; to mention a few. The end-result, says Ferrari, is a vehicle that is “fast, agile and instantly responsive”.
The Ferrari 488 Spider is the most powerful mid-rear-engined V8 car the Italian marque had ever produced and will utilise the same 3,9-litre V8 debuted in the 488 GTB. This engine is good for 492 kW available at a roof-lifting 8000 rpm. And thanks to the turbocharging technology it produces 760 N.m available from a very lowly 3000 rpm.
Performance was, as always, a top priority for Ferrari and the figures the 488 Spider boasts with are noteworthy: 0 – 100 km/h in 3 seconds, 0 – 200 km/h in 8,7 seconds, and the kilometre marked is taken care off in 18,9 seconds. This is cringing numbers that should put a smile on any face.
Ferrari does promise, though, that even with turbochargers, the 488 Spider will have its own distinctive sound and will continue to make the beautiful orchestral sounds Ferraris have become known for.
The performance of the 488 Ferrari Spider’s chassis has been improved by 23% over that of the 458 Spider (the car it replaces) and its retractable hard-top is also 10 kg lighter than that of the 458 Spider.
The Ferrari 488 Spider will make its premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.