Ferrari the ultimate name in sports cars is soon launching the open top version of its 458 car. This will come to India via the Shreyans Group who are the official importers and representatives of Ferrari and Ducati in India. We are attaching the press release from Maranello and the pics of the gorgeous open top Ferrari 458 Spider, for your eyes only.
The new Ferrari 458 Spider:
the world’s first mid-rear engined berlinetta
equipped with a retractable hard top debuts at the
Frankfurt Motor Show
Maranello, 23rd August 2011 – The new 458 Spider joins the 458 Italia, widening the
range of Ferrari’s mid-rear engined V8s and offering the same uncompromising
technological solutions, handling and performance in a refined open-top
configuration. It is equipped with a Ferrari patented, fully retractable hard top, a world
first for a sports car with this lay-out.
The 458 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 litre V8
which was nominated as the 2011 International Engine of the Year for its engineering
excellence in terms of driveability, performance, economy and refinement. The power is
transferred to the road by Ferrari’s class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift
transmission through the sophisticated E-Diff, itself integrated with the F1-Trac
traction control and high-performance ABS for maximum handling dynamics.
Certain of the car’s features, such as its accelerator pedal mapping and the damping of
the multilink suspension, have been calibrated to guarantee maximum sportiness and
absolute driving pleasure with the top down, in line with Maranello’s exclusive spider
tradition. Even the engine soundtrack has been honed to ensure that the car’s
occupants are completely captivated by the drop-top driving experience.
Entirely in aluminium, the hard-top solution adopted for the 458 Spider offers a
number of advantages over the traditional folding soft-top, including a reduction of 25
kg in weight and a deployment time of just 14 seconds. Fully integrated into the styling
of the car, the hard-top was engineered to fit neatly ahead of the engine bay without
compromising aerodynamics or the performance of the car. The small space needed to
house the roof enables the designers to include a generous rear bench for luggage
behind the seats.
The rear of the car is characterised by innovative forms with the buttresses designed to
optimise the flow of air to the engine intakes and the clutch and gearbox oil radiators.
For maximum comfort whilst driving top down the 458 Spider features a generouslysized
adjustable electric wind stop. The design was perfected to slow and diffuse the air
in the cockpit, enabling normal conversation to be held even at speeds over 200 km/h.