[VIDEO] Ferrari 458 Spider hardtop heading to Frankfurt image

With less than a month before the Frankfurt Motor Show will officially open its gates, the major car manufacturers are taking their battle to a new level by announcing new models, versions and concept which will “see daylight” for the first time at the German event.

This is the case of Ferrari who decided to fit its 458 Spider with a hard-top and “call it” a new car, showing it at the next month Frankfurt Motor Show, even though the Italian automaker is already producing a hard-top convertible with the current California.

Being introduced in 2005, the F430 Spider is using a soft-top to keep weight down, but the new hard-top was made using lightweight materials so it’s actually 25 kg lighter than the soft-top version, with a total weight of 1430, being 50 kg heavier than the Italia.

According to Ferrari, the electric wind stop fitted can reduce noise when the roof is retracted and normal conversations can be sustained at speeds close to 120 mph.

The Spider is powered by a 4.5 liter V8 engine, which is delivering 562 BHP and 398 lb-ft of torque, the same powerplant used by the 458 Italia at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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