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The open-topped version of the Ferrari 458 Italia, the new Ferrari 458 Spider, will be displayed at Germany's 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show next month (15th – 25th September 2011). It is likely to debut, in what has become a Ferrari tradition, at a 'by invitation' event prior to the motor show.

The new Ferrari 458 Spider joins the 458 Italia, widening the range of Ferrari’s mid-rear engined V8s and offering the same technological solutions, handling and performance in an open-top configuration. It is equipped with a fully retractable hard top.

The 458 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 litre V8. The power is transferred to the road by Ferrari’s dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission through the E-Diff, itself integrated with the F1-Trac traction control and high-performance ABS for maximum handling dynamics.

Certain of the car’s features, such as its accelerator pedal mapping and the damping of the multi-link suspension, have been calibrated to provide maximum sportiness and pleasure with the top down, in line with Maranello’s tradition. Even the engine sound has been honed to ensure that the car’s occupants are completely captivated by the drop-top driving experience.

Entirely in aluminium, the hard-top solution adopted for the Ferrari 458 Spider offers a number of advantages over the traditional folding soft-top, including a reduction of 25 kg in weight and a deployment time of just 14 seconds. Fully integrated into the styling of the car, the hard-top was engineered to fit neatly ahead of the engine bay without compromising aerodynamics or the performance of the car. The small space needed to store the roof enables the designers to include a rear bench for luggage behind the seats.

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The rear of the car is characterised by innovative forms with the buttresses designed to optimise the flow of air to the engine intakes and the clutch and gearbox oil radiators. For maximum comfort whilst driving top down the 458 Spider features a generously-sized adjustable electric wind stop. The design was perfected to slow and diffuse the air in the cockpit, enabling normal conversation to be held.

New technical solutions adopted for the chassis guarantee identical levels of structural rigidity with the roof up or down. The result is a car that is exciting to drive, blending performance with the responsiveness that has characterised Ferrari’s open-top berlinettas.

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Ferrari 458 Spider technical specifications


Length  4,527 mm (178.2 in.)
Width 1,937 mm (76.3 in.)
Height 1,211 mm (47.7 in.)
Wheelbase  2,650 mm (104.3 in.)
Dry weight 1,430 kg (3153 lbs) (With forged wheels and Racing seats)
Weight/power ratio  2.51 kg/CV (7.42 lbs/kW)
Weight distribution f/r 42%/58%


Type 90° V8
Displacement 4,499 cc (274.5 cu in.)
Maximum power 570 CV (425 kW) @ 9,000 rpm (Including 5 CV of ram effect)
Maximum torque 540 Nm (398 lbs/ft) @ 6,000 rpm
Specific power output 127 CV/l
Compression ratio 12.5:1


Front 235/35 ZR20 8.5”
Rear 295/35 ZR20 10.5”


Maximum speed  320 km/h (198 mph)
0-100 km/h <3.4 s

Fuel consumption & emissions

Fuel consumption 11.8 l/100 km Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)
Emissions 275 g CO2/km Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)


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