Ferrari 488 Spider
The Ferrari 488 Spider is the latest chapter in Maranello’s ongoing history of open-top V8 sports cars, a story that started with the targa-top version of the 308 GTB – the immortal 308 GTS – and which ultimately resulted in the full convertible Spider architecture.
Starting with the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) around which the entire car was developed, every area of the 488 Spider has been designed to set new technological benchmarks for the sector.
Clearly, the choice of a rigid hard top was essential to the character of the new Ferrari, guaranteeing a significant improvement in in-car comfort. The RHT was a world first for a mid-rear-engined car when introduced on the Ferrari 488 Spider.
The latest in a long line of mid-engined Ferraris, the drool-worthy 488GTB is an exotic two-seater that’s worthy of being celebrated with a poster on your bedroom wall. Its styling is shaped by aerodynamics as much as it is by its talented Italian designers. In addition to the standard 488 coupe, there’s a retractable-hardtop Spider and the new-for-2019, harder-core, coupe-only Pista model that turns up the heat even more.
With a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8, the Ferrari 488 Spider generates a sonorous wail and ferocious acceleration all the way to 8000 rpm, where it makes 661 hp. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the sole transmission; we estimate a zero to 60 time of 3 seconds. Ferrari’s adaptive suspension is relatively compliant without sacrificing handling. The Pista version makes 710 hp. For those who want more V-8 music, the Spider offers a retractable hardtop that raises or lowers at speeds up to 25 mph.