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