When Chris Harris first tested the Ferrari 488 Pista, he commented that he is "dynamically the best car Ferrari has ever built, and his powertrain is at the heart of his success."
Well, now you can get even closer to this powertrain: welcome to the new Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, a convertible version of dynamically the best car Ferrari has ever made, unveiled at the Monterey Auto Week festivities in California Pebble Beach. And as you can see, it has a stripe. But we will come back to it.
So, this powertrain. The 3-liter twin-turbo V8 with 711 hp and 568 lb ft of torque, just like the coupe, received three Best Engine Awards. It also goes from 0-62mph in 2.85s, just like the coupe. 0-1
It's pretty fast enough. Ferrari actually estimates that this is lighter than the coupe, weighs 1380kg (vs 1385kg) if you choose "lightweight content". Without them, expect a small penalty thanks to this collapsible hardtop. Inside, there's plenty of carbon fiber, Alcantara, aluminum footplates instead of carpet, and a ribbon to pull the door in instead of a real handle. Details, details.
There's also something called "Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer," a new lateral dynamics control setup designed to make "on-the-limit driving more intuitive, controllable, and predictable."
New 20-inch diamond finish alloys make a debut, with the option of one-piece carbon fiber wheels that are 20 percent lighter than the forged ones. Oh yes, the strip: it spans the length of the car and expands at the end of the rear wing to "remember the movement of the air flow".
"The new Spider offers the highest level of technology transfer to date from the road to a street-legal minibus," explains Ferrari. Noises … speciale no?