On the back of the Ferrari 488 Spider’s debut at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015, a number of examples have been filmed testing near the company’s headquarters in Maranello. It is believed that the examples filmed are undergoing their final shakedown tests before being delivered to customers.
Additionally, the video provides us with our first glimpse at the new 488 Spider on the street away from the heavily edited official trailer. During the video, the Ferrari engineers even manage to get the tyres screeching on a number of occasions.
Beneath the skin, the Ferrari 488 Spider is almost mechanically identical to the potent 488 GTB coupe. That means it features a brand new 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine pumping out an impressive 662 hp, 100 hp more than the standard Ferrari 458 Spider. When combined with 760 Nm of torque at a low 3000 rpm, the 488 Spider will rocket to 100 km/h in just 3 seconds.
Like the 458 Spider, the Ferrari 488 Spider also features a folding hardtop which is actually 25 kg lighter and significantly stronger than a comparative soft-top. It also provides additional comfort for occupants and can deploy in a mere 14 seconds.
Oh my. It sounds exciting, and looks great.