With a few roadster supercars coming up to the international market, Ferrari decided to bring a top-free version of the new 488 Spider, which was truly expected. In this way, the 488 Spider was no surprise.
The 2016 488 Spider will allow the driver to enjoy the ride without a roof, even without losing any performance. The Italian maker is already promising that the Spider version will be as fast as the original 488 launched recently. More innovation in this one, due to the circumstances.
Let’s check out some of the specs and features on the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider.
Powerful and Expensive Ride
The new top-free, Italian beast will pack a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve 4.0 L V8 with aluminum block and heads. This engine produce, according to Ferrari’s engineers, 661 hp at 8000 rpm and a maximum torque of 561 lb-ft at 3000 rpm, which represents a big improvement from its predecessor.
The 488’s mid-mounted V8 will work hand by hand with an F1 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode. Fun to drive, this Ferrari will be rear-wheel-drive as expected.
With Lamborghini, Pagani and McLaren gaining terrain in the market, Ferrari is forced to push its boundaries. The 488 Spider will have an estimated weight of 3500 lb (1587 kg). Thanks to this numbers and specs, there is no surprise regarding the speed factor.
Talking about speed, the 488 Spider goes from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3.0 seconds. Following the trend, this Italian, elegant monster reach the 205-mph-mark (329 km/h).
Tech and Design for Improved Experience
The 2016 488 Spider is a product of highly advanced technology and engineering. In this way, this supercar will feature an ion-sensing system that works controlling ignition timing, greatly improving performance. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Lubrication will be controlled by the electronic oil pump, which inject lubricant depending on the demand and the current status of the engine. Driving skills and style will be a determining factor to the smart lubrication and cooling system.
In addition, the 488 Spider will feature several electronic controls that will enhance the driving experience. Some of this high-tech tools on the supercar are E-Diff3, F1-Trac, high-performance ABS with Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS, and many others. All these features are an important part of the highly innovative development focused on racing-like behavior.
In the matter of design, the Spider version will have the GTB’s aerodynamic design, excluding unnecessary wings and using instead an efficient diffuser and a specialized underbody that maintain the 488 spider pushed against the ground.
The 488 Spider’s retractable hardtop weighs 55 pounds less than a similar soft-top, according to the Italian maker. Ferrari promised that the 488 Spider will not suffer a performance loss in comparison with the GTB model.
On the rear, there is an independent small glass window that has three different working positions, being highly useful when the hardtop is down, improving aerodynamics. More and more details on the body kit were designed to improve the effect of the wind and enhance the already positive numbers.
The Bottom Line
“Expensive” can be useful to describe this supercar. But, which supercar isn’t expensive? Even better: which Ferrari isn’t expensive?
We prefer to use the words “innovative” and “cutting-edge” to describe the terrific 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider. You see it and you see the Ferrari’s magic on it. But, there will be blood. This Ferrari will fight directly against the 2016 Lamborghini Huracán Roadster and many others, as Pagani and McLaren models, on the supercar roadster market.
The 2016 488 Spider will have an estimated price of US$255.000.