What We Know About the All-New Ferrari 488 Spider
August 13, 2015
Every auto-lover knows that there has never really been a “boring” or ordinary Ferrari. If there’s one thing that the Italian supercar manufacturer is skilled in, it’s producing powerful, buzz-worthy cars. And of course, its latest vehicle is no different.
Ferrari recently revealed a drop-top version of its 488 GTB mid-engine racer. While the GTB and the all-new 488 Spider share the same engine (a V-8 turbo) one thing that differentiates the two cars is the Spider’s retractable hardtop. Most impressively, Ferrari has promised that this car will somehow weigh less than a typical soft-top convertible—even with the expected additional weight of the hardtop!
If you are planning to purse an auto career, this is one car you will definitely want to keep tabs on. Read on to learn more about the all-new Ferrari 488 Spider.
Sleek Lightweight Ferrari That is Aerodynamically Efficient
This car boasts a space-frame chassis that is made up of at least 11 different aluminium alloys combined with various resistant metals, such as magnesium. The 288 Spider’s retractable hardtop folds backwards into two overlapping sections and it only takes a mere 14 seconds for the top to lower. According to Ferrari, the vehicle’s hardtop weighs about 55 pounds less than a traditional soft top. Of course, professionals in auto careers may have a hard time believing that such an impressive weight difference is possible.
Additionally, Ferrari has stated that the 488 Spider will be its most aerodynamically efficient convertible to date. Experts say that this is due to the design of its new spoiler and underbody.
Auto Pros Will Definitely be Impressed by this Spider’s Power
The 3.9-litre V8 twin-turbo engine featured under the hood is good for 660bhp and develops 760 Nm of torque from 3000 rpm. Students enrolled in automotive courses know that these power figures are likely what make the car go from 0 to 100km/h in only three seconds. Daring drivers might be interested in learning that the 488 Spider’s top speed is more than 325 km/h!
Automotive Experts Will Definitely Hear this Car Roar
While some car lovers enjoy the sound of a quiet and smooth engine, this is not the case for Ferrari fans. In fact, they prefer to sit back and enjoy the roaring engine of any sports car. Ferrari clearly considered its fans when creating the 488 Spider. This is because there is no better way to enjoy listening to the roaring engine of a Ferrari than with the top securely down and the electric glass wind stop positioned perfectly to enjoy the “music.”
Ferrari will officially unveil its 488 Spider at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and it will be up for grabs beginning next summer. The car is expected to cost approximately $275,000, which will make it slightly less expensive than the 288 GTB.
Check out Ferrari’s launch video for a look at the all-new 488 Spider:
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