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First pics: Ferrari launches special 488 Pista Spider

  • 50th drop-top from the Maranello marque
  • Benchmark for Ferrari for spider performance
  • 540kW and ‘constantly increasing torque’
2018 FERRARI 488 PISTA SPIDER: Image: Ferrari / Newspress
2018 FERRARI 488 PISTA SPIDER: Image: Ferrari / Newspress

MARANELLO, Italy – The Prancing Horse brand’s new Special Series model, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, has been unveiled at annual Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California.

The car is the 50th drop-top model from Ferrari and a premiere in the US was, its maker says, ”a natural choice given that, ever since the 1950’s, North American clients have always been keen connoisseurs of high-performance convertibles”.

The car also claims to be a benchmark for Ferrari for spider performance thanks to an unprecedented weight/power ratio of 1.92kg/hp made possible by using the most powerful Ferrari V8 engine yet – the one recently named Best Engine in the World for the third consecutive year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards.

2018 FERRARI 488 PISTA SPIDER: Image: Ferrari / Newspress
2018 FERRARI 488 PISTA SPIDER: Image: Ferrari / Newspress

The 3902cc twin-turbo V8 is said to be capable of 540kW and to combine that power with increasing torque at all engine speeds for continuous acceleration to the red line. Ferrari added: ”The unique engine sound is now even more riveting thanks to the open-top configuration.”

‘PERFECT’ PRIMARY OBJECTIVE

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider claims to be a natural development of the defining design of the coupé version, the Ferrari designers’ primary objective having been to maintain unaltered ”the perfect marriage of aerodynamic efficiency, purity of form and racing spirit”.

This concept is said to have the ”characteristic” central livery which runs the length of the car, expanding towards the rear where it finishes at the end of the rear wing next to the spoiler.

”This continual expansion of the stripe recalls the movement of the airflow and exalts the lines of the car,” it was claimed.

2018 FERRARI 488 PISTA SPIDER: Image: Ferrari / Newspress
2018 FERRARI 488 PISTA SPIDER: Image: Ferrari / Newspress

The choice of materials for the body was, according to the media release, ”also revisited in the interior with weight being saved by using light, pared-back, components”.

Carbon-fibre and Alcantara are also used throughout; carpeting has been replaced by patterned aluminium footplates, and the driver’s-side door release has become merely a strap.

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The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is said to ave been directly derived from the 488 Pista and its achievements on circuits with the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. ”As a result,” Ferrari says, ”the new Spider offers the highest level yet of technological transfer from the track to a road-legal, drop-top, car.”

2018 FERRARI 488 PISTA SPIDER: Image: Ferrari / Newspress
2018 FERRARI 488 PISTA SPIDER: Image: Ferrari / Newspress

The car’s ”completely captivating and unprecedented” driving experience, Ferrari says, was achieved in part by a new lateral dynamics control system (Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer) which  makes on-the-limit driving ”more intuitive, controllable and predictable”.

The car moves on new diamond-finish 20” alloy wheel rims with a 10-spoked star-effect; optional will be 20% lighter, one-piece, carbon-fibre rims.

2018 FERRARI 488 PISTA SPIDER: Image: Ferrari / Newspress
2018 FERRARI 488 PISTA SPIDER: Image: Ferrari / Newspress

Ferrari 488 Pista Spider short technical specs

ENGINE
Type: V8 – 90° twin-turbo
Overall displacement: 3902cc
Max. power output * : 530kW at 8000 rpm
Max. torque*: 770Nm at 3000rpm in 7th gear

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Length: 4605 mm
Width: 1975 mm
Height: 1206 mm
Dry weight** : 1380 kg

PERFORMANCE
0-100 km/h: 2.85sec
0 -200 km/h: 8sec
Max. speed: 340km/h

FUEL CONSUMPTION/C02 EMISSIONS
Under homologation

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