Ferrari 488 Spider officially unveiled image

Ferrari has pulled the wraps off its newest model, the 488 Spider, the roadster version of the recently introduced 488 GTB.

Following some spy shots with the new supercar, Ferrari has taken everyone by surprise and has officially unveiled its newest model. This has been called the 488 Spider and it is the roadster version of the 488 GTB. The vehicle in question is the official replacement of the 458 Spider and it is coming with features similar to the ones of its solid roof brother. According to the Maranello based automaker, the exotic ride has a spaceframe chassis made of 11 different aluminum alloys which have been combined with other metals, magnesium included.

The same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness is being provided as in the 488 GTB, with the 25 percent chassis improvement. The roadster is also bringing the aerodynamic underbody with vortex generators, the blown spoiler, the electric glass rear wind stop which can be adjusted in up to three positions and a retractable hard top which is folding back in two overlapping sections in 14 seconds. The same time is needed for deployment too. In terms of design, this is looking basically identical to the coupe variant, the 488 GTB, except, of course, for the missing roof.

The Ferrari 488 Spider has maintained its rear mid-engine and rear-wheel drive layout and it is still making use of the 3.9 liter twin turbo V8 engine (3,902 cc), which is capable of putting down a total of 670 HP (492 kW) at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm (560 lb-ft) of torque available at 3,000 rpm. Ferrari says that the new 488 Spider needs just 3 seconds in order to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) and it can hit 200 km/h (124 mph) from a standstill in just 8.7 seconds. The supercar stands at 4,568 mm long, 1,952 mm wide and 1,211 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,650 mm and a curb weight of 1,525 kg. The boot capacity is 230 liters and the fuel tank capacity stands at 78 liters.

Power is being sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Ferrari 488 Spider is coming with 20-inch wheels too, wrapped in 245/35 front and 305/30 rear tires. The average fuel consumption in the exotic model is said to stand at 11.4 liters / 100 km and the Co2 emissions stop at 260 g/km, with 98 octane fuel. The Ferrari 488 Spider will be making is public debut, in a world premiere, at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, this September and more info on the drop-top will be announced then. Sales are believed to start before the end of this year but no pricing details have been announced so far.