Ferrari 488 Spider Presented at IAA 2015

Ferrari brings to this Frankfurt Motor Show its brand new open top prancing horse… the Ferrari 488 Spider.

As the coupé, the Ferrari 488 Spider is powered by a new 3.9-liter Twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering 670 hp (492 kW) at 8000 rpm and torque of 760 Nm (561 lb ft) at 3000 rpm.

The Ferrari 488 Spider is using an innovative and very light RHT (Retractable Hard Top) made of aluminium and an extremely simple mechanism. The result is a saving of approximately 40 kg on a traditional hard top solution and around 25 kg on a soft top.

In addition, the top unfolds and retracts in 14 seconds and can be raised or lowered when the car is moving and a glass electric rear window can be adjusted regardless of whether the top is deployed or retracted.

In spite of using an innovative retractable hard top and a spaceframe chassis made of 11 different aluminium alloys combined with other noble metals such as magnesium, the Ferrari 488 Spider is 50 kg (110 lbs) heavier than the coupé with its 1370 kg (3020 lbs).

Back to the performance, even heavier than the Ferrari 488 GTB, the open-top V8-engined prancing horse has managed to maintain the same performance figures (or almost). It means a 0-62 acceleration in just 3.0 seconds, 0-124 in 8.7 seconds (here it is 0.5s slower than the coupé.) and a top speed of over 203 mph (325 km/h).

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