Ferrari has officially revealed the 488 Spider. A retractable hard top version of the recently launched 488 GTB, the 488 Spider is Ferrari’s most powerful mid-rear-engined V8 car with a folding hard top.
Apart from a stunning design, Ferrari is claiming lower weight (-25 kg) and better cockpit comfort compared to the classic fabric soft-top. Like most such previous Ferrari Spider versions, the 488 Spider is aimed at the enthusiasts seeking open air motoring without compromising on performance or aural pleasure.
Boasting cutting edge tech such as an aluminium spaceframe chassis and bodyshell, new turbo-charged V8, advanced aerodynamics without compromising dynamic ability, the 488 GTB aims at being the definitive hardtop in its segment.
The world premiere of the 488 Spider will be at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September but the official images of the car have been revealed in the new Blu Corsa livery.
Powering the 488 Spider is the 3902 cc turbo-charged V8 that debuted just a few months ago on the 488 GTB. Power output is rated at 670PS combined with maximum torque of 760 Nm at 3000 rpm. 0-100km/h is claimed at 3 seconds flat and 0 to 200 km/h comes in 8.7 seconds. The new turbo engine is 100 PS more powerful than the naturally aspirated engine it replaces with lower CO2 emissions. The new turbo V8 is also highly acclaimed for its lack of turbo lag and great responsiveness.
Complementing the terrific performance of the engine is the signature soundtrack, unique to the model. Exclusive exhaust headers with longer, equal-length piping and a flat-plane crankshaft enable a distinctive sound for the car. It was also further enhanced by an in-depth study of harmonics and tonality at different engine speeds.
The advanced aerodynamics, in addition to reducing drag also took into account factors relating to in-car comfort. The electric glass rear wind stop can be adjusted to one of three positions to maximize comfort when the top is lowered. Fully lowering the wind stop allows the occupants to enjoy the engine soundtrack even with the roof raised regardless of the weather or driving conditions.
The 488 Spider boasts a spaceframe chassis made of 11 different aluminium alloys combined with other noble metals, such as magnesium, each one used in a highly specific way. This yields the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness figures as the coupé, improving the chassis’ performance by 23% over that of its predecessor.
The retractable hard top folds backwards in a compact manner over the engine, and takes just 14 seconds for the top to be deployed or retracted.
Human inputs of race drivers played a significant role in the development of the car, and its claimed resultant prowess around corners. Driver feedback was given a very high priority to make the car’s dynamic behaviour more engaging. The car’s mechanical system, thus works in complete tandem with its electronic systems. The company claims that the electronic systems, now fully integrated with the SSC2 Side Slip Angle Control System, offer 12% faster acceleration out of corners than the 458 Spider, and overall response times which are 9% more rapid than the previous Spider
Check out the technical specifications of the car below, followed by a detailed image gallery and a reveal video
Ferrari 488 Spider Technical specifications
Type 90° V8, turbo-charged, dry sump
Total displacement 3902 cc (238.1 cu. in)
Bore and stroke 86.5 x 83 mm (3.4 x 3.3 in)
Maximum power 492 kW (670 PS) at 8000 rpm
Maximum torque* 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear
Specific output 172 cv/l (2.07 kW/cu. in)
Compression ratio 9.4:1
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Length 4568 mm (179.8 in)
Width 1952 mm (76.9 in)
Height 1211 mm (47.7 in)
Wheelbase 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 (3131 lb)
Weight distribution 41.5% front – 58.5% rear
Boot capacity 230 l (8.12 cu. ft)
Fuel tank capacity 78 l (22.7 US gallons)
Front 245/35 ZR20 J9.0
Rear 305/30 ZR 20 J11.0
Front 398x223x36 mm (15.7 x 8.8 x 1.4 in)
Rear 360x233x32 mm (14.2 x 9.2 x 1.3 in)
TRANSMISSION AND GEARBOX
7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission
E-Diff3, F1-Trac, High-Performance ABS with Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS SCM-E, SSC
Maximum speed > 325 km/h (203 mph)
0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) 3.0 s
0 – 200 km/h (0 – 124 mph) 8.7 s
0 – 400 m (0 – 437 yd) 10.55 s
0 – 1000 m (0 – 1093 yd) 18.9 s
Dry weight/power ratio 2.12 kg/cv (6.35 lb/kW)
11.4 l/100 km
* with 98 octane fuel
** With optional equipment
*** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)
Here’s the official launch video
Ferrari 488 GTB Spider Image Gallery