Hot on the back of the Ferrari 488 Spider’s world debut at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 last month, Chris Harris had the opportunity to travel to Italy to test out the potent new Italian supercar, finished in a bright shade of blue.
While drop-top supercars have come a long way in recent years and often match their coupe counterparts, Harris reveals that the 488 Spider still doesn’t feel as sharp as the coupe because of its reduced stiffness and rigidity. Importantly, the car’s most direct competitor, the McLaren 650S Spider, does feel as good as the hardtop because of its carbon fibre monocoque which Ferrari is simply unable to match with its aluminium construction.
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.