Here it is folks. As sure as night follows day, Ferrari has followed the debut of its sensational 488 with the 488 Spider just a few months since the debut of the tin-top.
Having said that, the Spider also manages to be a tin-top (well, kind of) by using a ‘retractable hard top’ roof which apparently means a lower weight and better in-car comfort over the traditional fabric convertible item.
Despite bringing with it the usual aerodynamic challenges associated with the lack of a roof on a car, the 488 Spider is apparently one of the most aerodynamically-efficient Ferrari Spyders ever built, with aerodynamics that optimise downforce as well as reduce drag.
The glass rear ‘wind stop’ can even be adjusted to one of three positions in order to maximise cabin comfort and there is even an aerodynamic underbody which incorporates ‘vortex generators’. Sounds like it’ll be stuck to the road, then.
The same turbocharged motor is used as the hard-topped version, however we understand that the Spider will generate a soundtrack all of its own by using a different, longer exhaust manifold with equal length pipes which apparently gives a ‘seductive but never invasive’ sound with the top down. As with the McLaren 650S Spider, it will be possible to leave the top in the ‘up’ position but with the rear window open, which with the Woking machine gave us the best aural experience.
Sadly nobody will be able to see one in person until the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, so for now we’ll all have to make do with these rather fetching images.
Can anyone else see a head-to-head challenge with a McLaren 650S on the horizon?