2012 Ferrari 458 Spider

2012 Ferrari 458 Spider

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Submitted on: 24 Oct 13

Make: Ferrari

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Ferrari claims that this arrangement is 55 pounds lighter than a conventional softtop arrangement. Downsides? Well, there’s no chance that Ferrari can do an engine-viewing window as it did on the 360 and 430 Spider. The engine would be half-blocked by the retracted roof, anyway. And unless you are bringing sheik-level money, don’t bother asking for an electrochromic roof panel. Ferrari has no plans to offer one. The new top arrangement steals a nominal two millimeters of headroom compared with the coupe. So no high-top fades, okay?

Naturally, this rejiggering required some redesign of the rear quarters. On the coupe, the air intakes are snorkels that draw air from right behind the side windows all the way back behind the engine before directing it forward into the raging 9000-rpm supernova on a leash that is the Italia’s 562-hp, 4.5-liter flat-crank V-8. The spider’s engine, which makes the same 562 hp at 9000 rpm and 398 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm as the coupe’s, now gulps air from large, cavelike openings near the trailing edge of the rear deck.

 

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