Ferrari’s topless 488 supercar has arrived on home soil, with an event in Melbourne today to mark its Australian debut.
Orders for the 488 GTB in Australia already stretch well into 2017, and the 488 Spider could soon have a similar waiting list if Ferrari Australia boss, Herbert Appleroth’s warning is to be heeded.
Naturally for a new Ferrari, the Italian carmaker has lifted the bar further than ever before as it declares the new model to be the most high-performance Spider it has ever built.
A 3.9 litre twin-turbocharged V8 produces 492kW and 760Nm, matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel consumption is rated at 11.4 l/100km.
Ferrari says the 0.8-second throttle response time “essentially eliminates the turbo-lag typical of this kind of engine”.
The 0-100km/h sprint for the Spider matches the GTB at 3.0 seconds, but the 0-200km/h dash takes an extra 0.4 seconds in the drop-top at 8.7 seconds. Top speed is 325km/h.
Ferrari also says buyers need not fear a lack of torsional rigidity by going topless with the Spider over the coupe, as the chassis’ combination of 11 magnesium aluminium alloys means the Spider can match the coupe in this regard.
Also, the 488 Spider is a commendable 23 percent stiffer than the 458 Spider that it replaces, and the 488 is nine percent faster to respond to steering wheel input.
Ferrari’s Retractable Hard Top (RHT) roof carries over from the 458 Spider, and can be raised or lowered in 14 seconds even while on the move.
The 488 Spider is 4568mm long, 1952mm wide and 1211mm high with a 2650mm wheelbase, while packing a kerb weight of 1525kg. Weight distribution is 41.5 percent front, 58.5 percent rear.
Wheels are 20-inch in diameter, and house 398mm brake rotors up front and 360mm at the rear.
The order book for the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider in Australia is open now, with prices starting from $526,888 plus on-roads and first deliveries expected to take place around the middle of next year.
Thinking of placing an order? Best not delay…
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