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Ferrari 488 Spider breaks cover with 670 bhp

Snapshot: This is Ferrari’s brand new open-top version of the 488 GTB.

The Maranello-based automaker is proud to introduce the company’s most powerful mid-engined V8 car featuring a retractable hard top. Previously referred to as the 488 GTS, the new 488 Spider is billed as being Ferrari’s most aerodynamically efficient Spider model ever and comes with a groundbreaking spaceframe constructed by combining no less than 11 different types of aluminum alloys with other noble metals, including magnesium.

Compared to its predecessor, the chassis’ performance has been boosted by 23% and Ferrari’s engineers have also fitted the 488 Spider with an electric glass rear wind stop that has three adjustable positions. Seen here is a version painted in a new Blue Corsa livery and equipped with a blown spoiler as well as an aerodynamic underbody featuring built-in vortex generators.

As far as the retractable hardtop is concerned, it needs just 14 seconds to fully deploy or retract and it folds backwards in two overlapping sections to sit flush on the engine and enable a clean look. Other enhancements include a 12% increase in acceleration and 9% better response time compared to the previous Spider-badged model.

Tipping the scales at 1,420 kg, the new Ferrari 488 Spider gets the same twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 engine as the 488 GTB producing a massive 670 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm at 3,000 rpm. It’s enough muscle to grant the vehicle with a 0-100 kmph run in 3 seconds while the 0-200 kmph journey takes as little as 8.7 seconds.

It is programmed to go on sale this fall after making its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled for September. Initially, it will be available in Europe but Ferrari likely plans on bringing it to India as well sometime in 2016. Needless to say, the 488 Spider will cost significantly more than the fixed roof 488 GTB which in our country kicks off at 3.84 Cr.

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