Ferrari has unveiled the 50th convertible in their history, the 488 Pista Spider at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach, California. The drop-top version of the recently launched 488 Pista, the Spider is identical in all aspects.
The 488 Pista Spider uses the most powerful V8 in the Italian carmakers’ history; the 3.9-liter twin-turbo engine that produces 720 HP and 770 NM of torque. This enables the Pista Spider to reach 0-100 kmph in the same 2.8 seconds as the hard top but it takes 0.4 seconds more than the Pista to reach top speed of 340 kmph.
The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
While the Pista Spider put on some weight (91 Kg) due to the convertible roof system, Ferrari engineers made sure they shaved off elsewhere. Door handles everywhere have been replaced by simple straps and the carpets have been removed in favour of aluminium foot plates. Even then, the convertible weighs about 100 kg more than the regular Pista.
Considerable weight reduction strategies have been implemented to counter the increased weight of the foldable roof like aluminium foot plates and straps instead of handles
The car comes with new 20-inch star-effect wheels that are unique to the Pista Spider. While pricing details have not been unveiled, the Spider will cost more than £ 2,52,695 that one has to pay for the 488 Pista.