Ferrari 488 Spider debuts at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show


Ferrari 488 Spider has made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The supercar is the drop-top version of the 488 GTB.

Design wise, the front of the car gets a central Aero Pillar and an F1-inspired double spoiler that serves two purposes. The top section works to manage the flow of air in to the radiator while the lower portion sucks air in to the underbody thus helping to generate downforce.

Ferrari_488 Spider front

This is the convertible variant of the 488 GTB Coupe.

The 488 Spider has an innovative underbody featuring vortex generators that are curved appendages pushing the air faster from the underside thereby reducing pressure. The large diffuser and full-blown spoiler are other aerodynamic elements that aid the car in minimizing drag and maximizing downforce. The result is the most aerodynamic production spider to come out of Maranello.

Ferrari says that the 488 Spider has a spaceframe chassis that is made from 11 different aluminium alloys combined with other metals including magnesium. It says that this has resulted in the same stiffness and torsional rigidity as the coupe and is 23 per cent stiffer than the 458 Spider.

Ferrari_488 Spider rear

The Retractable Hard Top (RHT) completes operation in 14 seconds.

This convertible is a hard top that can be closed or retracted in 14 seconds even when the car is moving. The roof is a two-part unit that takes up only 100 liters of space compared to conventional hardtops that take up 150-200 liters of boot space. The roof is also made of aluminium and, claims the company, saves about 40 kg.

The beating heart of the Spider is the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 660.5 hp at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque figure of 760 Nm. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission drives the rear wheels taking the Ferrari from standstill to 100 kmph in just 3.0 seconds. The double ton is achieved in 8.7 seconds with power not letting up until it reaches the limit at 325 kmph.

New levels of dynamism are reached due to the availability of systems such as the evolved Side Slip angle Control (SSC2), F1-Trac and E-Differential.

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