The latest chapter in Maranello’s on-going history with open-top V8 sports cars continues in South Africa with the recent debut of the 488 Spider. This is the most-high performance Spider ever built by the Prancing Horse and is powered by the 488 coupé’s 3902cc turbo-charged V8. It bursts from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 8.7.
The 488 Spider uses the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) which debuted on the 458 Spider as world-first for such a solution on a mid-rear engined car. The RHT has rendered traditional soft-tops obsolete as it is not only lighter (- 25 kg) but also provides better protection from noise and elements even when lowered courtesy of a glass wind-stop adjustable to three different positions. Equally significant is the fact that the RHT can be raised or lowered in 14 seconds even when the car is moving.
The car’s mechanical set-up and dynamic vehicle controls make a pivotal contribution to its powerfully sporty behaviour on the road. Additionally, to ensure superb fun behind the wheel on more challenging routes, the 488 Spider responds virtually instantaneously to steering wheel inputs (0.06 seconds – 9 per cent faster than the previous Spider).
The hard-working Ferrari Design Centre has also brought a sculptural beauty to the modifications made to accommodate the RHT and meet the aerodynamic demands of the car. The 488 Spider also debuts a new colour designed to enhance its forms. The Blu Corsa livery almost seems to meld with the sky overhead, in fact, and metallic particles suspended in the paint give the bodywork a gloss that underscores its sculptural volumes. Its unusual iridescent effect is created by the two-layer paintwork.
In line with Ferrari tradition and drawing on the harmonics typical of Prancing Horse cars with this kind of architecture, this 8-cylinder has its own absolutely distinctive soundtrack, thanks to exhaust headers with longer, equal-length piping and the flat-plane crankshaft. The sound was crafted to be seductive but never invasive when the top is dropped, with both volume and clarity increasing in signature Ferrari fashion as the engine instantly responds to the accelerator pedal and revs rise, underscoring the car’s performance.
Scuderia South Africa CEO, Mervyn Eagles added that the 488 Spider has been designed to set new technological benchmarks for the sector. “Following the success of the 488 GTB both locally and internationally, the 488 Spider promises to surpass the expectations of any open-top V8 sport car”.
Ferrari 488 Spider Technical specifications
Type V8, turbo-charged,
Maximum power * 492 kW at 8000 rpm
Maximum torque * 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear
Fuel tank capacity 78litres
Front 245/35 ZR20 J9.0
Rear 305/30 ZR 20 J11.0
TRAMISSION AND GEARBOX
7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission
Maximum speed – 325 km/h
0 – 100 km/h 3.0 s
11.4 l/100 km
C02 EMISSIONS*** : 260 g/km
* with 98 octane fuel
** With optional equipment
*** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)