Ferrari 488 Spider unveiled


DukeGr
@dukegrcom
Ferrari 488 Spider unveiled

While the Frankfurt Motor Show isn’t until September, Italian manufacturer Ferrari decided not to wait until then to reveal the 2016 488 Spider. As the convertible version of the Ferrari 488 GTB, introduced back in February, the 488 Spider shares the same turbocharged V8 engine as its coupe sibling, offering 661-horsepower and a top speed of 203 mph. With the hard top on, the Spider may also look nearly identical to the coupe, but with its stunning design, that’s far from a bad thing.

Speaking of that hard top, Ferrari says it takes only 14 seconds to put up or down, and it weighs roughly 55 pounds less than a similar soft-top would, an important benefit when remembering that convertibles are often heavier than coupe models due to the mechanics that raise and lower the roof. When down, the roof is completely flush with the engine, making it completely unnoticeable.
ferrari488
The 488 Spider weighs 3,130 pounds in total, making it just over 100 pounds heavier than the GTB when the top is down. However, it is 22 pounds lighter than Ferrari’s 458 Spider. The company says this is its most aerodynamically efficient convertible model it’s ever produced, no doubt thanks the rear spoiler and large intakes on the sides, which direct air to the engine cover, both also borrowed from the coupe.

While the 203 mph top speed is just a tad shy of the GTB’s, that won’t really be on anyone’s mind when it goes from 0 to 62 mph in just 3 seconds. The one important detail left out by Ferrari is the price, although north of $300,000 should be expected. We’ll find out for sure come September, when Ferrari will give the 488 Spider its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Show Comments (0)

Comments

Related Articles

Reviews

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Review

With all the "innovation" that the Wii controls brought to this game removed, we are left with a bland somewhat lifeless game.

Posted on by DukeGr
Gaming

Zelda OOT Kakariko Village Redux in Unreal Engine 4

The fact that it is also playable, with kid Link running around in the absolutely gorgeous recreated environment, is icing on the cake. No wonder it has fans drooling over it....

Posted on by DukeGr

Subscribe to Duke's Newsletter

Subscribe to our email newsletter to receive useful articles and news.

We won't share your email address.