The Ferrari 488 Spider is the latest chapter in Maranello's ongoing history of open-top V8 sports cars, a story that started with the targa-top version of the 308 GTB, the immortal 308 GTS. This ultimately resulted in the full convertible Spider architecture for many celebrated Ferrari models. Starting with the RHT (Retractable Hard Top), around which the entire car was developed, every area of the 488 Spider has been designed to set new technological benchmarks for the sector. The result is the most powerful and innovative Ferrari Spider ever built, a car that marries the extraordinary prowess of the 488 GTB coupe's mid-rear V8 with the joy of open-air motoring. Tackle even the most challenging roads surrounded, accompanied by an inimitable Ferrari engine soundtrack.
MUSCULAR, SPORTY ALLURE
Penned by the Ferrari Design Centre, the 488 Spider features radical new styling honed around its aerodynamic requirements, brilliantly reflecting the drop-top driving pleasure and focus of its sportiness and performance.
The 488 has classic Ferrari mid-rear-engined sports car proportions: a short muscular front wing into which the bumper is wedged which lends the whole front of the car a sense of power and speed, and immediately draws the eye to to flanks that feature new side air intakes for the turbo intercoolers. The motif of the subtle crease line that forms the scallops on the door leading to the intakes is a nod to the classic 308 GTB.
The front is characterized by a single grille opening. The bonnet has a pronounced, raised central section and two side channels which channel air from the two vents in the bumper. The engine cover features longitudinal ribs which generate a three-dimensional, dynamic effect and are flanked outboard by sculpted mesh grilles.
The 488 Spider also debuts a new color designed to enhance its sleek yet muscular forms. The Blu Corsa livery also almost seems to meld with the sky overhead..
DYNAMIC AND FUNCTIONALThe 488 Spider's cockpit was designed to underscore Ferrari's Formula 1-inspired philosophy of creating a seamless relationship between driver and car: the commands not clustered on the steering wheel are on the wraparound satellite pods which are angled directly towards the driver. The new lighter, horizontally more compact dashboard also curves around the cockpit and features air vents inspired by military jets.
The 488 Spider's new door panels are the fruit of meticulous work that center around quality and attention to detail. They are now more comfortable to the touch and the armrest is more ergonomic.
Great thought also went into the new seats which have fixed headrests. Aside from integrated Apple CarPlay, the 488 Spider also boasts a new Sport infotainment system with the display still part of the instrument cluster in the driver's line of sight, following the cockpit's philosophy of ergonomic and aesthetic integration with the various functionalities immediately at hand.
The 488 Spider also features key-less start so that the car can be started or turned off by simply pressing the "Start/Stop Engine" button on the steering wheel.
|Type||V8 - 90° Turbo - Dry Sump|
|Total Displacement||3.902 L|
|Maximum Power||661 HP @ 8000 rpm**|
|Maximum Torque||561 lb-ft @ 6750 rpm|
|Specific output||170 HP/L|
|Maximum revs per minute||8000 rpm|
**Included 3.7 kW by dynamic over pressure
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT|
|Overall lenght||4568 mm (179.8 in)|
|1952 mm (76.9 in)|
|Height||1211 mm (47.7 in)|
|Wheel Base||2650 mm (104.3 in)|
|Front Track||1679 mm (66.1 in)|
|Rear Track||1647 mm (64.8 in)|
|Kerb Weight *||1525 kg (3362 lb)|
|Dry Weight *||1420 kg (3020 lb)|
|Weight Distribution||41.5% front - 58.5% rear|
|Boot Capacity||230 l (8.12 cu ft)|
Fuel tank capacity
* With optional equipment
The new Ferrari 488 Spider provides instantaneous response, augmented by blistering performance, impressive torque and a signature soundtrack.
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