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In Australia, the MLP* of the Ferrari 458 Spider is from $590,000*

Ferrari 458 Spider debuts locally

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18th March, 2012

The Ferrari 458 Spider has made its Australian public debut at the 2012 Melbourne Grand Prix leading a parade of Ferraris old and new to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Ferrari’s 1952 arrival in Australia.

Leading a parade of 64 Ferraris, the Ferrari 458 Spider was driven by Ferrari Formula One Team Test Driver, Marc Gene, who was last seen in action in Melbourne celebrating Ferrari's 60th Anniversary by driving a Ferrari Formula One car along Melbourne’s Lygon Street.

Following in the tracks of its hard top counterpart, the 458 Spider makes no compromises in terms of performance, handling or road holding to achieve its open top design. It is, therefore, just as competitive against other super cars, with the added benefit of being able to fold its roof and, thus, offer open top motoring.

The roof design isn't conventional. It has taken a decade to develop and uses a Ferrari patented design that enables it to offer the benefits of a metal – aluminium in this case – folding roof that is unusually compact and light allowing it to not only avoid the normal compromises on luggage space and ease of use. It is also the first ever folding metal roof available on a rear mid-engine car. Such is the technology in the design of the roof; it is actually lighter by 25 kg than a similar fabric soft top and enables 458 Spider to offer additional luggage space behind the seats.

Another unique feature is that it is possible to open the rear window without lowering the roof. This rear window also doubles as the ‘wind stop’ that allows the roof to be lowered in a wider range conditions and does away completely with the ‘wind stops’ used by other cars that require manual installation and take space within the car when not in use. When in use it is so efficient that with the roof down at 200 km/h – where the law permits – it is still possible to hold a conversation within the 458 Spider at normal discussion volumes. (copyright image)
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The Ferrari 458 Spider is powered by a naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 litre V8. The power is transferred to the road by a class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission through the E-Diff, itself integrated with the F1-Trac traction control and ABS for maximum handling dynamics.

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

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 Ferrari 458 Spider features a generously-sized adjustable electric wind stop. The design is intended to slow and diffuse the air in the cabin.

New technical solutions adopted for the chassis provide identical levels of structural rigidity with the roof up or down. The result is a car that is said to be exciting to drive, blending high performance with the responsiveness that is associated with modern day Ferraris.

In Australia, the Ferrari 458 Spider is priced* from $590,000*. The first customer cars will arrive in the middle of 2012.

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 (3,153 lbs)1
Weight/power ratio: 2.51 kg/CV (7.42 lbs/kW)
Weight distribution fr/r: 42%/58%

Type: 90° V8
Displacement: 4,499 cc (274.5 cu in.)
Maximum power: 570 CV (425 kW)2 @ 9,000 rpm
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 seconds (approximatly)

Fuel consumption + emissions
Fuel consumption3: 11.8 l/100 km
Emissions3: 275 g CO2/km

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Dual-clutch, 7-speed F1

E-Diff3, F1-Trac, high-performance ABS

1 With forged wheels and racing seats
2 Including 5 CV of ram effect
3 Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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