A new Ferrari convertible (or drop top as the British would say) has been revealed during the world famous Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach, California this past week.
The 488 Pista Spider is the 50th drop-top model from Ferrari and a premiere in the US was a natural choice given that, since the 1950s, North American clients have always been keen connoisseurs of high-performance convertibles.
This new model has an unprecedented weight-power ratio of 1.92 kg/cv, a new benchmark for a Ferrari spider performance. This was made possible by the adoption of the most powerful Ferrari V8 engine ever, recently named Best Engine in the world for the third consecutive year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards.
The 3902cc twin-turbo V8 unleashes 709hp and combines that power with increasing torque at all-engine speeds for a continuous and unending acceleration. The unique engine sound is now even more riveting, thanks to the open-top configuration.
The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider represents the natural development of the defining design of the coupé version. The Ferrari designers’ primary objective was to maintain unaltered the perfect marriage of aerodynamic efficiency, purity of form and racing spirit.
This concept 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.
The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is directly taken from the 488 Pista which gathers all the racing experience collected on world’s circuits with the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. As a result, the new Spider offers the highest level yet of technological transfer from the track to a road-legal drop-top car.
The vehicle dynamics honed for this Special Series 8-cylinder convertible deliver a seamless combination of razor-sharp acceleration, braking efficiency, lightning-fast gear shifting, precision steering, grip, stability and superb handling.