Ferrari is another to release new info of their latest model following the recent appearance of leaked photos. So, here is the official news on the 458 Italia Spider, plus a handful of pics.
It is simply spectacular! The Spider may even look better than the hardtop. It’s certainly more dramatic and, with the roof off, it makes it easier to get away when your beautiful 458 catches on fire.
The Spider weighs in at 1430kg, some 50kg heavier than the regular 458 Italia. That means you’ll need to allow an extra few tenths of a second to get to 100km/h. But if you put all the electronic gadgets to the right setting you’ll still be launched to the highway limit in around 3.5 seconds, thanks largely to its 4.5 litre V8 spitting out prancing horses at the rate of 425kW.
The Ferrari 458 Spider will arrive in Australia at the end of 2012, when prices and specifications will be announced.
There’s more after the break, including a short video showing off the Spider’s folding metal roof.
The new Ferrari 458 Spider:
the worldâ€™s first mid-rear engined berlinetta equipped with a retractable hard top debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show
Maranello, 23rd August 2011 â€“ The new 458 Spider joins the 458 Italia, widening the range of Ferrariâ€™s mid-rear engined V8s and offering the same uncompromising technological solutions, handling and performance in a refined open-top configuration. It is equipped with a Ferrari patented, fully retractable hard top, a world first for a sports car with this lay-out.
The 458 Spider is powered by Ferrariâ€™s naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 litre V8 which was nominated as the 2011 International Engine of the Year for its engineering excellence in terms of driveability, performance, economy and refinement. The power is transferred to the road by Ferrariâ€™s class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission through the sophisticated E-Diff, itself integrated with the F1-Trac traction control and high-performance ABS for maximum handling dynamics.
Certain of the carâ€™s features, such as its accelerator pedal mapping and the damping of the multilink suspension, have been calibrated to guarantee maximum sportiness and absolute driving pleasure with the top down, in line with Maranelloâ€™s exclusive spider tradition. Even the engine soundtrack has been honed to ensure that the carâ€™s occupants are completely captivated by the drop-top driving experience.
Entirely in aluminium, the hard-top solution adopted for the 458 Spider offers a number of advantages over the traditional folding soft-top, including a reduction of 25 kg in weight and a deployment time of just 14 seconds. Fully integrated into the styling of the car, the hard-top was engineered to fit neatly ahead of the engine bay without compromising aerodynamics or the performance of the car. The small space needed to house the roof enables the designers to include a generous rear bench for luggage behind the seats.
The rear of the car is characterised by innovative forms with the buttresses designed to optimise the flow of air to the engine intakes and the clutch and gearbox oil radiators. For maximum comfort whilst driving top down the 458 Spider features a generously-sized adjustable electric wind stop. The design was perfected to slow and diffuse the air in the cockpit, enabling normal conversation to be held even at speeds over 200 km/h.
New technical solutions adopted for the chassis guarantee identical levels of structural rigidity with the roof up or down. The result is a car that is truly exciting to drive, blending extreme performance with the responsiveness that has always characterised Ferrariâ€™s open-top berlinettas.
458 SPIDER TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Length: 4527 mm (178.2 in.)
Width: 1937 mm (76.3 in.)
Height: 1211 mm (47.7 in.)
Wheelbase: 2650 mm (104.3 in.)
Dry weight: 1430 kg (3153 lbs)*
Weight/power ratio: 2,51 kg/CV (7.42 lbs/kW)
Weight distribution fr/r: 42%/58%
Type: 90Â° V8
Displacement: 4499 cc (274.5 cu in.)
Maximum power: 570 CV (425 kW)** @ 9000 rpm
Maximum torque: 540 Nm (398 lbs/ft) @ 6000 rpm
Specific power output: 127 CV/l
Compression ratio: 12.5:1
Front: 235/35 ZR20 8.5â€
Rear: 295/35 ZR20 10.5â€
Maximum speed: >320 km/h (>198 mph)
0-100 km/h: <3,5s
Fuel consumption + emissions
Fuel consumption: 11,8 l/100 km***
Emissions: 275 g CO2/km***
Dual-clutch, 7-speed F1
E-Diff3, F1-Trac, high-performance ABS
* With forged wheels and Racing seats
** Including 5 CV of ram effect
*** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)