The Ferrari 488 Pista is a hardcore version of the 488 GTB, which was developed for track use, making it a natural competitor to the Lamborghini Huracán Performante. Now that Lambo has a Huracán Performant Spyder, it's not surprising that Ferrari is launching a 488 Pista Spider Drop-Top.
Unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d & # 39; Elegance 2018, the most prestigious event until the Monterey Car Week, the Spider gets the same performance enhancements as the 488 Pista Coupe, but with the option of open-air driving thanks to a retractable hardtop , Ferrari says the 488 Pista Spider is the 50th convertible model launched in 70 years of making cars.
Like the 488 Pista Coupe, the Spider uses a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 71
"Pista" is Italian for "Spur", and the skills of the Pista Spider live up to its name. Ferrari claims that the convertible super sports car will go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.85 seconds and reach a top speed of 211 mph. These numbers correspond to the Pista coupe, which is impressive given the higher weight of the convertible.
Ferrari was fanatical about the weight reduction in the Pista Spider by replacing the carpets with aluminum plates and the driver's door handle with a belt. An optional set of carbon rims is 20 percent lighter than the standard forged wheels, according to Ferrari. But even with the carbon fiber wheels, the Spider weighs about 220 pounds more than the Pista coupe.
The Pista Spider also gets the same electronics suite as the Pista Coupe. Between the driver and a very expensive accident are Ferrari's F1 Trac traction control system, electronic differential and Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, which uses software to adjust the pressure of the calipers on the rotors to keep the car under control during the race driving
Ferrari will not discuss pricing or a start date for the 488 Pista Spider. The automaker noted that the car was unveiled in Pebble Beach due to the popularity of convertibles in North America, so US supercar spotters should keep their eyes out for Ferrari's latest high-performance drop-top.