Mike Stevens | Aug 8, 2011

Ferrari's long-anticipated 458 Spider convertible will make its debut at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, according to reports out of Europe today.

Recent reports have pointed to a California-inspired metal folding roof for the new Spider, but according to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, the topless 458 will retain the fabric formula of its predecessor.

The magazine does not describe a source for the information however, leaving the matter of the Spider's roof to mere speculation for now.

An earlier report by enthusiast website PistonHeads claims that Ferrari insiders have confirmed a metal roof, with the 458's transparent engine cover ditched to make room.

Little else is known about the new Spider, but its styling is expected to retain most of the lines of the hardtop, but with roll hoops and engine cover integrated into the moving rear deck.

The 458 Spider's powerplant reportedly remains unchanged, its 4.5 litre V8 engine producing 425kW.

The Spider can be expected to benefit from chassis reinforcement to ensure the roof's absence does not rob the car of the track-ready handling Ferrari has engineered into the 458 Italia hardtop.

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