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Ferrari 488 Spider: details and pictures

The covers have come off Ferrari's new 488 Spider at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show

Ferrari has officially unveiled the new 488 Spider at the Frankfurt motor show. It utilises the same 661bhp turbocharged V8 engine as the coupe model, while the addition of a folding metal hard top is set to attract new buyers.

Ferrari has managed to keep weight gain to a minimum, with the car’s extra equipment adding around 50kg to the car’s basic weight which now totals 1525kg. What this means is that the Spider actually matches its coupe counterpart to the 62mph sprint: a rapid 3.0secs.

The numbers suggest that the Ferrari is significantly quicker across the board than the new Huracan Spyder too – hitting 0-124mph in 8.7secs compared to the Lamborghini’s 10.2sec time. If you look at the comparative power and torque figures, 661bhp and 560lb ft vs 602bhp and 413lb ft for the Lambo, the advantage is to be expected. Top speed peaks at a lofty 203mph - officially Ferrari's fasterst roadster ever.

Ferrari’s new roof mechanism isn’t just light, but it’s also fast, taking just 14 seconds to open of close fully. It’s a very similar design to the one used on the previous 458 Spider. A new engine cover with two buttresses is said to reduce drag significantly, while a new electrically retractable wind shield to reduce buffeting in the cabin at high speed.

Torsional rigidity is apparently unchanged from the coupe model, which makes this car 23 per cent stiffer than its predecessor. Ferrari says that this is down to the 488’s new lightweight but extremely strong aluminium spaceframe.

Promising the same great dynamics that made the world fall in love with the spectacular 458 Speciale Aperta, this new turbocharged model has a lot to live up to – especially if Ferrari wants to prove that it’s switch to turbocharging was the right move.

Read the full story of the Ferrari 488 Spider on evo.co.uk

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