Ferrari debuts its lightest, most powerful Spider
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is the Prancing Horse's 50th convertibleJoe Duarte
Published: August 29, 2018, 1:15 AM
Updated: September 5, 2018, 5:29 AM
Not to be outdone by Bugatti at Monterey Car Week, Ferrari has introduced its own new model, in the form of the Special Series 488 Pista Spider, at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance
The 488 Pista Spider is Ferrari’s 50th convertible and sets a new benchmark for Ferrari Spider performance with an unprecedented weight to power ratio of 1.94 kg/hp. Part of the credit goes to weight reduction measures (such as the use of carbon fibre and Alcantara, aluminum floor plates and the elimination of door handles), and the other part to the use of Ferrari’s most powerful V-8, the 3.9-litre twin turbo that makes 711 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Peak torque is available from 3,000 rpm to the red line.
As the name indicates, the car is derived from extensive track development, and it’s also an extension of the 488 Pista coupe. That means all the hallmarks of a track car — razor sharp acceleration (0-100 km/h takes 2.85 seconds), efficient braking, lightning quick shifts from the dual clutch paddle-shift automatic, crisp steering, and excellent grip, stability and handling. The car also features a new lateral dynamics control system called the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE), to enhance the driving experience at the limit.
Finally, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider features new diamond-finish 20-inch alloy wheels in a new 10-spoke interpretation of the traditional Ferrari mid-rear Berlinetta style rim. It is also available with 1-piece carbon fibre wheels for further weight savings.