Ferrari 488 Spider: Exhilarating Performance Married with Drop-Top Driving Pleasure

 

The Ferrari 488 Spider is the latest chapter in Maranello’s history of exceptional open-top V8 sports cars inspired by the targa-top 308 GTB and the 308 GTS, which resulted in the full convertible Spider architecture. Beginning with the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) which the entire car was developed around, the 488 Spider is designed to set new benchmarks for the sector, and is the most powerful and innovative Ferrari Spider ever produced. 

At the heart of 488 Spider is the extraordinary 3902 cc turbo-charged V8, which provides a maximum power output of 661 HP and thanks to the innovative Variable Torque Management system smooth torque is progressively delivered in the higher gears.  The 488 Spider races from 0-62 mph in an electrifying 3 seconds, 0-124 mph in an astounding 8.7 seconds and delivers a top speed of 203 mph.

The Ferrari 488 Spider is a perfect marriage of extreme power and exceptional handling, while immersing you in the elements and world around you.  Weather you are driving through center city Philadelphia, touring the  Pocono Mountains or making a trip to the shore the 488 Spider delivers a breath-taking driving experience.

F12berlinetta Exterior

The Ferrari 488 Spider has radical new muscular styling sculpted to achieve aerodynamic requirements, while brilliantly reflecting the drop-top driving pleasure focused on sportiness and performance.  Remarkably, the Retractable Hard Top (RHT) unfolds and retracts in a record 14 seconds and can be raised or lowered when the car is moving.  Classic Ferrari mid-engine sports car proportions: a single grill opening and the short muscular front wing lend a sense of power and speed. The central Aero Pillar and an F1-inspired double spoiler dominate the front of the car. The raised central bonnet and two side channels, meld into the subtle crease lines forming the scallops on the door drawing the eye to the new side air intakes and flowing over the rear bumper. The air intakes combined with the innovative aerodynamic underbody that incorporates vortex generators, special curved aerodynamic appendages accelerate the air thereby reducing pressure. The result is that the car’s underbody is “sucked” down to the ground and downforce is higher but drag is not.  The 488 Spider embodies the purest sense of driving exhilaration and emotion.

F12berlinetta Innovations

The Ferrari 488 Spider is the most innovative and highest performance Ferrari Spider ever produced. At the heart of the 488 Spider is 3902 cc power unit, the turbocharged engine delivers blistering performance,  661 HP at 8,000 rpm, 561 lbs/ft of torque, and .08 second throttle response time and its own distinct Ferrari soundtrack. The evolved version of Ferrari’s side slip angle control system (SSC2) delivers 12% faster longitudinal acceleration out of corners than the 458 Spider. Variable Torque Management produces incredibly fast shifts and acceleration, with progressively greater torque values in higher gears.  Prancing Horse engineers amazingly succeeded in maximizing downforce while minimizing drag, resulting in an aerodynamic efficiency of 1.53, a new record for a Ferrari production Spider.  The new Brembo Extreme Design braking system shortens stopping distances by 9% compared to the previous model, and new callipers allow optimal cooling under extreme driving.

F12berlinetta Interior

The cabin of the 488 Spider is inspired by the Ferrari Formula 1 philosophy creating a seamless relationship between the driver and car. Paddle shifters and key commands are clustered on the steering wheel or on nearby satellite pods, which are angled toward the driver.  The new lighter, horizontally more compact dashboard curves around the cockpit and features ultra-sporty air vents.  The 488 Spider’s new door panels have been meticulously improved, the result is a new level of comfort to the touch, and a more ergonomic armrest.  The 488 Spider features keyless start so that the car can be started or turned off by simply pressing the “Start/Stop Engine” button on the steering wheel.  The 488 Spider is also integrated with Apple CarPlay, and features a new Sport infotainment system with the display still part of the instrument cluster in the driver’s line of site, keeping key functions for your adventure close at hand.

  • Maximum Power 661 hp at 8000 rpm
  • Maximum Speed 203 mph 325 km/h
  • 0-62 mph 3 sec 0-100km/h
  • Maximum Torque 561 lbs/ft at 3000 rpm
  • Maximum Revs 8000 rpm V8
Engine
Type 90° V8
Bore/Stroke 86.5 x 83 mm (3.4 x 3.3 in)
Total Capacity 3.902 cm3
Compression Ratio 9.4:1* with 98 RON fuel
Maximum Power 661hp (661 CV) at 8000 rpm
Specific power output 172 cv/l
Maximum torque 561 lbs/ft at 3000 rpm
Maximum revs 8000rpm
Performance
Maximum Speedover 203 mph (325 km/h)
0 - 100 km/h 3 sec
0 - 200 km/h 8.7 sec
Tyres and rims
Front 245/35 ZR20 J9.0
Rear 305/30 ZR20 J11.0
Performance
Combined 24.8 mpg (11.4l / 100 km)
CO2 Emissions
Combined 260 g CO2/km
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)
Dry Weight 1420 kg (3020 lb)
Kerb Weight 1525 kg (3362 lb)
Weight Distribution 41.5% front – 58.5% rear
Fuel Tank 20.61 gallons (78 l)
CCM 3 brakes
Front 398 x 223 x 36 mm (15.7 x 8.8 x 1.4 in )
Rear 360 x 233 x 32 mm (14.2 x 9.2 x 1.3 in)
Brake Type Brembo Extreme Design braking system- ABS