Ferrari’s drop-top 488 Spider has been uncovered, ahead of its official debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Unveiled almost concurrently with the 488 GTB’s Australian arrival, the 488 Spider promises “the thrill of open-air motoring with the added excitement that comes from hearing the unmistakable soundtrack of that engine”, according to Ferrari.
The engine in question, like the 488 GTB, is a 3.9 litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 492kW and 760Nm, matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
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.
Ferrari says the 488 Spider is the most aerodynamic spider in its history, with a retractable hardtop that is the most technologically advanced on the market.
The roof uses a construction technique that saves 25kg over a ‘traditional’ hardtop, while offering superior noise protection. The roof can be raised or lowered in 14 seconds.
Further noise protection can come from the rear glass wind stop, which can be adjusted electronically into one of three positions.
The chassis is made from a combination of 11 different aluminium alloys along with magnesium, and Ferrari claims its construction results in no loss of rigidity over the hardtop. In fact, the 488 Spider is 23 percent stiffer than the 458 models it replaces.
Cornering response times have improved nine percent over the 458, while corner exit speed is said to be 12 percent better.
Orders for the 488 GTB in Australia are so strong that the waiting list has blown out to two years.
Ferrari is yet to announce if the 488 Spider will be joining the GTB in local showrooms, but expect an equal amount of interest if it also comes with the same $50,000-plus price-cut over the 458 Spider.