Ferrari 488 Spider unveiled
Like the 488 GTB, the Spider is incredibly aerodynamically efficient.
Ferrari has unveiled their latest open-top V8, the 488 Spider.
Ferrari also claims that the chassis has lost nothing of its torsional rigidity despite the lack of the fixed roof thanks to the clever use of different alloys and exotic materials like magnesium. This should translate to sharper cornering and better handling.
Powering the convertible is a 3,902 cc twin-turbo V8 that produces 670 PS and a peak torque output of 760 Nm.
Combining a Variable Torque Management system and a throttle response time that Ferrari says has been shaved to only 0.8 seconds, thus virtually eliminating turbo lag, the auto will sprint to 62mph from rest in 3.0 seconds, and past 124mph in 8.7 seconds.
However, for the time being, all you can do with this azure jewel is covet it. The Ferrari 488 Spider will only be available for sale well into 2016, where you can make it your very own for just 270,000 gold dollar coins.
Ferrari released the first promotional video of its newest creation, the 660hp 488 Spider. Also included in the roof design is a glass electric rear window/wind breaker that can be adjusted three ways. This can be raised or lowered within 14 seconds, even on the move.
Running a little counter to recent supercar trends, the 488 uses an aluminum space frame instead of a carbon fiber or composite monocoque, yet the chassis is as stiff as the 488 GTB, and 23% stiffer than the preceding 458 Spider. Some of the features include a blown spoiler and an aerodynamic underbody incorporating vortex generators. Top speed will be somewhere in excess of 200 miles per hour .
The technicians and engineers worked on the magnetorheological dampers to guarantee maximum sportiness without compromising on comfort, while the new SSC2 Side Slip Angle Control system also makes it easier for non-professional drivers to drive on the limit.