VIDEO: Ferrari reveals 488 Spider, launch in September

August 20, 2015 10:45 am

Italian car manufacturer Ferrari announced the new Ferrari 488 Spider ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015.

Ferrari, which has already rolled out the 488 GTB, says that the new edition will be “the most powerful ever mid-rear-engined V8 car of the brand to feature a retractable hard top”. The company has also said that the 488 Spider is the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever built.

The new car retains the 3.9-litre V8 twin-turbo engine, the same used in the 488 GTB. The 660 bhp (brake horsepower) engine generates 760 Nm (Newton metre) of torque from 3,000 rpm (revolutions per minute). More significantly, maximum torque leaps 163 lb ft (pound-foot) to 561 lb ft, and it’s available from just 3,000 rpm compared with the 458’s peak of 6,000 rpm.

Though 50kg heavier than the GTB, these power figures make the Spider sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just three seconds, while it hits the 200 km/h mark in just 8.7 seconds. Top speed of the car is placed at more than 325 km/h.

By comparison, the rival McLaren 650S Spider matches the Ferrari’s 0-62 mph (miles per hour) time and is 1mph faster. However, the Ferrari’s roof folds away in 14 seconds, whereas the McLaren’s needs 17 seconds.

The 488 Spider’s roof (like its chassis) is made from aluminium to help keep weight down. Indeed, Ferrari claims it is 25 kg lighter than the roof of its last car – the F430 Spider – with a traditional soft-top, because that required 14 electric motors.

In addition, the new car’s vertical glass rear window acts as a wind deflector when the roof is folded away. And it can be lowered independently of the roof so that you can better hear the engine when the weather isn’t good enough to allow open-top motoring.

In other respects, the 488 Spider is very similar to the GTB: it features an eight-speed, twin-clutch paddle-shift gearbox with Variable Torque Management, a system which is designed to ensure the engine’s massive torque is unleashed smoothly across the rev range.
Ferrari’s Side Slip Control 2 system is also fitted to improve acceleration out of corners and make the car more stable during high-speed manoeuvres.
The prices for the new Ferrari 488 Spider will be confirmed only at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but reports say that it will be available in the international market for a price of $270,000 (AED991,750).


By Mujeeb Rahman
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