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Ferrari Set to Launch 488 Spider

Ferrari 488 Spider impresses at the IAA 2015.

In September 2015 Ferrari are set to launch the 488 Spider at the Frankfurt International Motor Show but prior to this have revealed a few sneak glimpses of the completed model in the new Blu Corsa livery.

It’s striking design including the patented Retractable Hard Top makes the 488 Spider a must have for those seeking the luxury of an open air motor and the high performance level that one would expect of a Ferrari. Ferrari are the first manufacturer to introduce the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) on a car of this particular architecture which ensures lower weight (-25 kg) and better cockpit comfort compared to the classic fabric soft-top.

Not only is the 488 model aesthetically pleasing it is also the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever built due to a series of complex aero solutions designed to guarantee optimal downforce whilst reducing drag. Both goals have been achieved by Maranello’s engineers by introducing several innovative devices, including a blown spoiler and an aerodynamic underbody incorporating vortex generators.

Ferrari launch 488 Spider
Ferrari Launch 488 Spider with the World Premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 2015.

Designed using a simulator, similar to the one used by the Formula 1 Scuderia, it allowed the human factor to influence the car’s design from the earliest stages by giving the engineers instant feedback from the test-drivers long before the first 488 prototype was physically built resulting in a truly exhilarating drive.

Also in the design stages each section of the model was specifically designed to raise the bar of  technological development including the new turbo-charged V8 and the aluminium spaceframe chassis and body shell creating the racy character.

The 488 Spider’s Character is unique to any other Ferrari, keeping with their tradition, and with a distinctive Ferrari roar created by exhaust headers with longer, equal-length piping and a flat-plane crankshaft it sends shivers down the spine. It’s enticing roar’s clarity does not flicker from speed variation and reacts instantly to the rise and fall of the accelerator creating a sensation of pure power and control.

Its performance levels are quite frankly extraordinary sending the 488 soaring from 0-100km/h in 3 seconds flat whilst removing the old ‘turbo lag’ with a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds. Whilst being powerful it is also being impressively efficient with lower CO2 emissions than the previously naturally-aspirated V8.

With a 9% more rapid response than Ferrari’s previous Spider whilst not reducing comfort Ferrari have hit the nail on the head with the 488 model. Adapted to meet the demand of open-top driving paired with effortless handling Ferrari have created a model of structured beauty and heart pounding power set to impress all sports car owners at it’s September launch.