Ferrari has unveiled the 488 Pista Spider at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California. The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is the 50th drop-top model from the Prancing Horse and a premiere in the US was a natural choice given that, ever since the 1950s, North American clients have always been keen connoisseurs of high-performance convertibles. The convertible represents the natural development of the defining design of the coupé version and is directly derived from the 488 Pista which encapsulates all the racing experience gathered on world’s circuits with the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE.
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is underlined by the characteristic central livery which runs the whole length of the car, expanding towards the rear where it finishes at the end of the rear wing next to the spoiler. This continual expansion of the stripe recalls the movement of the airflow and exalts the lines of the car. It measures 4605mm in length, 1975mm in width and 1206mm in height, while it has a dry weight of merely 1380 kgs. A lot of weight is saved by the use of lightweight, pared-back components. As well as the generous use of carbon-fibre and Alcantara® throughout, the carpets have been replaced by patterned aluminium foot plates and the driver’s-side door handle is now a simple strap.
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider rides on new diamond-finish 20-inch alloy wheels with a novel 10-spoke star-effect interpretation of Ferrari’s traditional mid-rear engine berlinetta-style rims. Also available are the optional one-piece carbon-fibre wheels which offer a 20 percent weight reduction over the standard forged alloys. Mechanically, the drop-top supercar is powered by the 3902cc twin-turbo V8 engine which develops top power of 710bhp at 8000rpm and peak torque of 770Nm at 3000rpm. It is the most powerful Ferrari V8 engine ever, which was also recently named Best Engine in the world for the third consecutive year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards. The 488 Pista Spider does a 0-100kmph sprint in just 2.85 seconds and a 0-200kmph sprint in merely 8 seconds, before topping out at 340kmph.