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Scuderia revels with 375-kW Spider

2008-11-10 09:17

This is how Ferrrari has chosen to celebrate its 16th F1 constructor's champion win, with the fire-breathing Scuderia Spider 16M.

Ferrari unveiled its latest performance sports car at the Ferrari World Finals in Mugello on Sunday.

This year would also have seen Ferrari secure its 16th drivers' crown, but Felipe Massa was beaten by one point by Lewis Hamilton.

The special version of the F430 convertible's dry weight of 1 340 kg (which makes it 80 kg lighter than the F430 Spider) is complemented by a mid-rear 90° V8 that pelts out 375 kW at 8 800 r/min and 470 Nm at 5 200 r/min.

Low weight plus awesome power combine to make this the fastest open-top road car built by Ferrari to go around Fiorano ever, and allows it to charge from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

Top end is a tummy-churning 315-km/h.

Electronic aids, including an E-diff electronic differential, F1-Trac stability and traction control system, are largely governed by a steering wheel manettino.

Adopted directly from racing, it allows the driver to manipulate car settings, quickly switch between the electronics governing the suspension settings and adjust the change rate of the six-speed F1 gearbox.

The Scuderia Spider 16M rolls on 19-inch five spoke alloys shod with 235/35 front and 285/35 rear Fabbrica Pirelli PZero Corsa rubber.

Carbon-ceramic brake discs with aluminium six-pot calipers all round ensure reliable stopping power.

As far as its appearance goes, a choice of two signature colour schemes is available.  

A special plaque on the rear grille commemorates the title win and this is carried across to the interior where a "limited series" plaque is positioned above the air vents in the centre of the dashboard.

Other features include a roll-bar with a carbon fibre shell and a new-generation infotainment system.

This sexy supermodel's exclusivity is kept in check with a production run limited to 499 units only.

The Special Series Scuderia Spider 16M is expected to cost about $320 000.

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