September 15, 2015 marked the official
debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show of the 488 Spider, the latest
chapter in Maranello’s ongoing history of open-top V8 sports cars.
This is the most high
performance Spider ever built by the Prancing Horse and is powered by the 488
coupé’s 3902cc turbo-charged V8 which punches out a maximum of 670 CV with the
Variable Torque Management system guaranteeing smooth, progressive torque
delivery in the higher gears up to a maximum of 760 Nm at 3,000 rpm. This is an
astonishingly sporty car with blistering acceleration (0 to 100 km/h in 3
seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 8.7) and, even more significantly, a razor-sharp
throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds which essentially eliminates the turbo
lag typical of this kind of engine.
The Scaglietti centre of
excellence’s aluminium crafting skills have also produced a light, high
performance spaceframe chassis made of 11 different 6000 series aluminium
alloys containing varying percentages of magnesium and with specific
characteristics to meet the demands of the different areas of application.
Extraordinarily, this yields the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness
figures as the coupé, in which the roof is a structural element, improving the
chassis’ performance by 23 per cent over that of the 458 Spider.
The 488 Spider uses the RHT
(Retractable Hard Top) which debuted on the 458 Spider as world-first for such a solution on a mid-rear engined
car. The RHT has rendered traditional soft-tops obsolete as it is not only
lighter (- 25 kg) but also provides better protection from noise and elements
even when lowered courtesy of a glass wind-stop adjustable to three different
positions. Equally significant is the fact that the RHT can be raised or lowered
in 14 seconds even when the car is moving.
The car’s mechanical set-up
and dynamic vehicle controls make a pivotal contribution to its powerfully
sporty behaviour on the road with Manettino settings chosen for its mission.
Specifically, the technicians worked on the magnetorheological dampers to
guarantee maximum sportiness without compromising on comfort. The new SSC2 Side
Slip Angle Control system also makes it easier for non-professional drivers to
drive on the limit. Additionally, to ensure superb fun behind the wheel on more
challenging routes, the 488 Spider responds virtually instantaneously to
steering wheel inputs (0.06 seconds – 9 per cent faster than the previous
The 488 Spider also debuts a
new colour designed to enhance its forms. The Blu Corsa livery almost seems to
meld with the sky overhead, in fact, and metallic particles suspended in the
paint give the bodywork a gloss that underscores its sculptural volumes. Its
unusual iridescent effect is created by the two-layer paintwork.
Frankfurt also provides the
venue for another major announcement: the extension of the Apple CarPlay system
to the entire Ferrari range. The FF was the first car in the world to adopt the
innovative Apple system which offers instant and intuitive voice and touch
functionalities: everything from phone calls to map use, messaging and
music. The FF was quickly followed by
the California T. The Apple CarPlay will also soon be available for the
sportier, more aggressive Prancing Horse models - the 488 GTB, the 488 Spider
and the F12berlinetta - on which it is premeried at the German Show.
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