Ferrari 488 Spider
Ferrari 488 Spider revealed
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6th August, 2015
Ferrari is about to launch the 488 Spider, its most powerful ever
mid-rear-engined V8 car to feature a retractable hard top along with an improved level of technological innovation.
Just like all previous spider versions of Ferrari’s models, this is a car that is aimed at buyers seeking open-air
motoring pleasure in a high-performance sports car with an unmistakable Ferrari engine sound.
Every area of the car has been designed to improve the benchmarks for the brand's entry into this sports car segment:
from the aluminium spaceframe chassis and bodyshell to the new turbo-charged V8, aerodynamics that reconcile the need for
greater downforce with reduced drag along with the specific cabin air flow demands of an open-top car, and vehicle
dynamics that render it fast, agile and instantly responsive.
The Ferrari 488 Spider will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September but is likely to debut at a showing
to Ferrari enthusiasts ahead of its motor show appearance.
Beneath the engine cover throbs the 3,902 cc turbo-charged V8 that debuted just a few months ago on the 488 GTB. Its
performance levels are extraordinary: a maximum power output of 670 CV combined with maximum torque of 760 Nm at 3,000
rpm makes a 0-100 km/h sprint possible in 3 seconds.
This is also an efficient engine as it is not only 100 CV more powerful than the previous naturally-aspirated V8 but
also has lower CO2 emissions.
The turbo V8 has a unique character, delivering increasing levels of power right across the rev range, and completely
eliminating the traditional turbo lag with a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds.
This is the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever built, thanks to a series of complex aero solutions
designed to guarantee optimal downforce whilst reducing drag, two normally mutually-exclusive objectives. Maranello’s
engineers managed to achieve both goals simultaneously by introducing several innovative devices, including a blown
spoiler and an aerodynamic underbody incorporating vortex generators.
The air flow studies also took into account factors relating to in-car comfort. The electric glass rear wind stop can
be adjusted to one of three positions to improve interior comfort when the top is down. Fully lowering the wind stop
allows the occupants to enjoy the engine soundtrack even with the roof raised regardless of the weather or driving
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Retractable hard top
Designed around the concept of the retractable hard top, the Ferrari 488 Spider has a spaceframe chassis made of 11
different aluminium alloys combined with other metals, such as magnesium, each one used in a specific way. This yields
the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness figures as the coupé, improving the chassis’ performance by 23% over that
of its predecessor.
The RHT folds backwards in two overlapping sections to rest flush on the engine in a very compact solution. The
mechanism is exceptionally smooth and takes just 14 seconds for the top to fully retract or deploy.
Working with aluminium is important not only in functional terms but also because, by tradition, it demands every
detail be treated sculpturally to express the technical excellence of the project through its beauty. Cases in point are
the flying buttresses which optimally channel air flows to the engine cover, the ribbing on the engine cover and the air
intakes with sculpted mesh grilles which lend that area of the car a sense of dynamism. To achieve this result the
Ferrari Styling Centre completely reworked the aesthetics compared to the 488 GTB.
Speed and control across the board
The introduction of a sophisticated simulator, similar to the one used by the Formula 1 Scuderia, allowed the human
factor to influence the car’s design from the earliest stages by giving the engineers feedback from the test-drivers long
before the first 488 prototype was made.
To make its dynamic behaviour even more engaging, the development team honed the car’s mechanical set-up in tandem
with its electronic systems which are now fully integrated with the SSC2 Side Slip Angle Control System, resulting in 12%
faster acceleration out of corners than the 458 Spider.
Over all, response times are 9% more rapid than the previous Spider without any compromise being made in comfort. The
car’s design was adapted to efficiently meet the typical the demands of open-top driving and use. In fact, the Spider’s
dynamic behaviour is effortless on even the most challenging routes.
Ferrari 488 Spider
||90° V8, turbo-charged, dry sump|
||3,902 cc (238.1 cu. in)|
|Bore and stroke
||86.5 x 83 mm (3.4 x 3.3 in)|
||492 kW (670 cv) at 8,000 rpm|
||760 Nm at 3,000 rpm in VII gear|
||172 cv/l (2.07 kW/cu. in)|
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
||4,568 mm (179.8 in)|
||1,952 mm (76.9 in)|
||1,211 mm (47.7 in)|
||2,650 mm (104.3 in)|
||1,679 mm (66.1 in)|
||1,647 mm (64.8 in)|
||1,525 kg (3,362 lb)|
||1,420 kg (3,131 lb)|
||41.5% front – 58.5% rear|
||230 l (8.12 cu. ft)|
|Fuel tank capacity
Front 245/35 ZR20 J9.0
Rear 305/30 ZR20 J11.0
Front 398x223x36 mm (15.7 x 8.8 x 1.4 in)
Rear 360x233x32 mm (14.2 x 9.2 x 1.3 in)
TRANSMISSION AND GEARBOX
7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission
E-Diff3, F1-Trac, High-Performance ABS with Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS SCM-E, SSC
||> 325 km/h (203 mph)|
|0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph)
|0 – 400 m (0 – 437 yd)
|0 – 1000 m (0 – 1093 yd)
|Dry weight/power ratio
||2.12 kg/cv (6.35 lb/kW)|
11.4 l/100 km
C02 EMISSIONS RATING***
** With optional equipment
*** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)