Ferrari announced today that the 458 Spider a.k.a. the convertible version of the 458 Italia will carry a price tag of 226,800 euros in Europe and $257,000 in the United States! Comparing it with the 458 Italia, the 458 Spider costs about 15 percent more, but those who love the cars created by the Italian manufacturer will not be surprised as Ferrari has been charging for the last decade for the convertible versions of models such as the 430 and 360.
The 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider made its debut earlier this month at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and replaces the old 430 Spider.
Still, the 458 Spider comes with an advantage in the form of an aluminum retractable hardtop instead of the canvas top offered on its predecessor. Ferrari patented its fully retractable hardtop and claims that it is a world first for rear-engine sports cars. The 458 Spider can be transformed from a coupe into a convertible in just 14 seconds.
Under the hood, we find the same engine that powers the 458 Italia, which means a normally aspirated 4.5-liter V-8 delivering 570 hp mated to a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 458 Spider hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 320 km/h or 200 mph. Ferrari claims that the 458 Spider needs only 11.8 liters of fuel per 100km (24 UK mpg or 20 U.S. mpg) and has CO2 emissions of 275 grams per kilometer. Of course, only when you are driving like your old grandma, that’s for sure!
By utilizing a hard top, one made purely of aluminum, the Ferrari 458 Spider gets certain advantages when compared to having the standard folding soft-top like the Ferrari F430 Spider. For example the weight has been lowered by 25 kilograms. Another benefit is that the top can be deployed in merely 14 seconds. In addition, the top of the Ferrari 458 Spider has been integrated fully with the style and as such, it was designed to fit its engine without affecting the performance or the vehicle’s aerodynamics.
Since it only took a small space to contain the roof, the design team was able to include ample room for luggage located at the back of the seats. Meanwhile for the chassis, the company made sure to implement technical solutions that would make sure that the structural rigidity would be almost the same whether the roof is put up or kept down. Indeed, the Ferrari 458 Spider is exciting to drive as it combines the responsiveness that the company’s open-top berlinettas are known for with extreme performance.
On the rear portion, advanced forms have been utilized similar to how the buttresses have been designed in order to ensure that the airflow to its engine intakes is optimized. It also does the same to airflow going to the gearbox oil radiators and the clutch.
The Ferrari 458 Spider has been equipped with features that have been adjusted, like the multi-link suspension’s damping and the accelerator pedal mapping, to make sure that athleticism is maximized. Maximized as well is the driving pleasure, especially with the top down, which is expected from the Spider lineup of the company. The company even enhanced the sound coming from the engine so that the driver and passengers will all be fascinated by this driving experience.
Finally to guarantee optimum comfort when driving with the top down, this model comes with an adjustable wind stop that is electrically controlled. When driving at speeds of at least 200 km/h, this feature is able to diffuse and even slow the air in the 458 Spider’s cockpit and thus allow for normal conversation.