Ferrari 488 Spider revealed

Ferrari has revealed the first images of the new Ferrari 488 Spider, ahead of the car’s debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

As the drop-top version of the 488GTB, is the first turbocharged, mid-engined Ferrari convertible and the most powerful.

How powerful? 661bhp and 560lb/ft of torque from a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 motor shared with the GTB. It’s unlikely to be any less controversial in Spider, diehards lamenting the passing of the old naturally-aspirated V8, with its whipcrack responses and operatic vocals.

But Ferrari claims the turbo unit has a throttle response time of 0.8 seconds – hardly tardy. And while it sounds less musical, the exhaust still produces an interesting, multi-layered backing track. Which, of course, the Spider gives unhindered access to with the roof down.

That roof is a retractable hard top, as on the old 458 Spider. The two sections fold up and stow on top of the engine in just 14 seconds. Ferrari claims taking a tin opener to the 488’s all-aluminium monocoque chassis hasn’t reduced torsional stiffness, while the chassis is some 23 per cent stiffer than the 458.

As such, the handling should be just as razor-edged as the GTB’s. Plus there’s second-generation Side Slip Angle Control, otherwise known as drift mode, which can make even the most ham fisted of drivers look like lords of oversteer.

0-62mph takes just 3.0 seconds, 0-124mph is dealt with in 8.7 seconds and top speed is 203mph. Fast, in other words. And yet it will return a claimed 24.8mpg and emit 260g/km of Co2 – that’s where the turbos pay dividends.

Ferrari hasn’t announced prices yet, but the 488 Spider should sneak under the £200,000 barrier.

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By Only Motors

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