ALONG CAME A SPIDER: Ferrari's new 488 Spider will make its global premier at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show in September. Image: Ferrari
MARANELLO, Italy – Ferrari’s new 488 Spider, its most powerful mid-engined V8 with a retractable hard-top, will make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show in September.
Ahead of its launch, the automaker has released details of its new convertible in Blue Corsa livery.
V8 POWERED DROP-TOP
The 488 Spider is powered by a 3902cc turbo V8, debuted in the 488 GTB and capable of delivering 492kW/760Nm to the car's seven-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission. Together, they can rocket the Spider to 100km/h in three seconds and 325km/h.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 488 Spider
Ferrari said: “The turbo V8 has a unique character, delivering increasing levels of power right across the rev range and completely eliminating the traditional turbo lag with a throttle response time of 0.8 seconds.”
The 488, Ferrari says, is the automaker’s most “aerodynamically efficient Spider” yet tanksto a series of complex aero solutions for optimal downforce and drag reduction. Its power rear wind-deflector can be adjusted through three positions.
The hard top takes 14 seconds to rise or retract.
The car has 11 aluminium alloys in its construction, among them magnesium. Ferrari said: “This yields the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness as the coupé, improving the chassis’ performance by 23% over that of its predecessor.”
NEW FERRARI HARD TOP: Ferrari was the first manufacturer to introduce the retractable hard top on a car of this particular architecture. "This solution," Ferrari says, "reduces weight by 25kg and improves comfort compared to the classic fabric top." Image: Ferrari
Technical specifications - Ferrari 488 Spider
Type - V8, turbo-charged, dry sump
Total displacement - 3902cc, bore and stroke - 86.5 x 83 mm
Maximum power - 492kW at 8000rpm
Maximum torque - 760Nm at 3000rpm
Compression ratio - 9.4:1
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Front track: 1.6m
Rear track: 1.6m
Kerb weight: 1525kg
Dry weight: 1420kg
Weight distribution: 41.5% front, 58.5% rear
Boot: 230 litres
Fuel tank: 78 litres
Front: 245/35 ZR20 J9.0
Rear: 305/30 ZR 20 J11.0
Front: 398x223x36 mm
Rear: 360x233x32 mm
Seven-speed F1 dual-clutch
E-Diff3, F1-Trac, High-Performance ABS with Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS SCM-E, SSC
Maximum speed: 325km/h
0-100km/h - 3.0 sec
0-200km/h - 8.7 sec
0-400m - 10.55 sec
0-1000m - 18.9 sec
FUEL CONSUMPTION AND CO2 EMISSIONS
Fuel: 11.4 litres/100km