If these reports are accurate, that means the 488 GTS Spider will arrive just six months after the Ferrari 488 GTB debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. To put things into perspective, it took a full two years for the Ferrari 458 Spider to be revealed after the 458 Italia coupe in 2009. Despite this point however, prototypes have already been spied testing the drop-top’s completed design indicating that development of the car is already quite progressed.
Visually, we know that the Ferrari 488 GTS Spider will adopt a new decklid incorporating a small glass engine cover which isn’t featured on the outgoing Ferrari 458 Spider. The upcoming 488 GTS Spider’s direct rival, the McLaren 650S Spider, also features an engine cover providing a view to the engine.
Under the skin, the 488 GTS Spider will feature the same powertrain as the coupe. That powertrain is a twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 which is significantly more powerful than the naturally-aspirated 4.5-litre V8 used by the outgoing Ferrari 458 Italia. As a matter of fact, the Ferrari 488 GTB delivers 660 hp at 8000 rpm as well as 560 lb-ft of torque at 3000 rpm. Incredibly, torque from this engine is also higher than the 509 lb-ft of the 6.0-litre V12 found in the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.