Before people knew it, Ferrari has already created its 50th droptop model. The Italian sports car maker unveiled its 50th droptop model and the latest member of the Special Series family – the new Ferrari 488 Pista Spider – at the highly prestigious Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California.
Earlier this year, Ferrari introduced the 488 Pista Coupe and the track-oriented Piloti 488 Pista Special Edition. The 488 Pista is the considered as the successor to Ferrari’s V8-engined Special Series – the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale. Now, the latest Special Series is welcoming its new member in a convertible form. The decision to unveil the new 488 Pista Spider in the United States was influenced by the fact that Ferrari’s North American clients have been keen connoisseurs of high-performance convertibles since the 1950s.
Essentially, the difference between the Coupe and the Spider versions of the Ferrari 488 Pista is that the latter features a droptop, which roof system is more complex than the fixed one. Because of increased complexity of its convertible roof, the new 488 Pista Spider is around 200 lbs (91 kg) heavier than the 488 Pista Coupe. Since both versions of the Ferrari 488 Pista are powered by the same powerplant -- a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 engine that delivers 720 hp of max output and 770 Nm (568 lb.-ft.) of peak torque – this difference in weight results to a very slight disparity in terms of performance.
The recipient of the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards, this twin-turbo V8 mill can make both the Ferrari 488 Pista Coupe and Spider accelerate from zero to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in just 2.85 seconds and reach a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h). However, when it comes to sprinting from nil to 124 mph (0 to 200 km/h), the 488 Pista Coupe can perform at 7.6 seconds, while the 488 Pista Spider is a bit slower at 8.0 seconds.
While the slower 0-200 mph sprint performance is a price to pay in going for the Spider version, there are also some benefits. For instance, the driver gets to experience a thrilling open-top drive and better enjoy the wonderful soundtrack of the V8 engine.
Although the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is heavier than its coupe sibling, it sets new benchmark for Ferrari convertibles in terms of weight-to- power ratio, which is pegged at 1.92 kg/cv. Ferrari has done what it can to make the 488 Pista Spider as light as possible, even in the interior. For instance, the 488 Pista Spider makes use of carbon-fiber and Alcantara throughout the cabin. Likewise, patterned aluminum foot plates have replaced the carpets and a simple strap has been adopted for the driver’s-side door handle.
As standard, the new Ferrari 488 Pista Spider rides on new diamond-finish 20-inch alloy wheels with 10-spoke star-effect. To further save weight, a client may avail of the optional one-piece carbon-fiber wheels that are around 20-percent lighter than the standard set.