Set to make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year (2015), Ferrari revealed its folding top 488 Spider today. The Ferrari 488 Spider claims to be the most powerful mid-rear-engined V8 to feature a folding hardtop.
Ferrari 488 Spider detailsThe Ferrari 488 Spider is also the most aerodynamic Spider that it has ever built. Just like all previous spider versions of Ferrari’s models, this is a car that is aimed at buyers seeking open-air motoring in a high-performance sports car with an unmistakable Ferrari engine sound.
Designed purely to be a convertible, the 488 Spider has a spaceframe chassis made of 11 different aluminium alloys. This yields the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness figures as the coupe, improving the chassis’ performance by 23% over that of its predecessor. So in theory the Spider should handle identically to the coupe.
Powering the Ferrari 488 Spider is the same 3.9-Litre V8 twin-turbo engine as the coupe. It makes incredible power and torque at 492 kW and 760 Nm. The chassis and engine in combination will rocket the Ferrari 488 Spider to 100kph in 3-seconds flat. 0-200kph takes just 8.7 seconds and it will top out at 325kph.