No need to explain much when it comes to Ferrari, the house of Maranello is an expert in what they do on a technical level, but they are even better at bringing smiles to the faces of the brand’s fans, and this Ferrari 488 Spider is no exception.
This cabriolet, which shares several features with the GTB version of the 488, has the perfect recipe for a thrilling driving experience. It integrates a powerful engine, a breathtaking design, and a convertible. What more could you ask for?
This car is the latest page in Ferrari’s book of memories with V8-powered convertibles, which began back in 1974 with the 308 GTS and its distinctive Targa roof.
The 488 Spider is the immediate replacement for the 458 Spider, and is definitely the option to consider if you’re interested in an aggressive convertible, but with the luxury that has always characterized Ferrari’s Italians.
If a Ferrari is already attractive, imagine a Ferrari convertible, it is an infallible formula to attract the attention of everyone wherever you drive, and you will arouse the envy of all.
This street car, but inspired by the tracks, is a lot of fun to drive, it works for daily use but its true potential is achieved by stepping on the gas somewhere without speed restrictions.
If you’re more conservative, you’ll delight in taking a ride with the top down and enjoying the nice weather. Ferrari never ceases to surprise us on a technical level, that’s for sure, but this time they stood out by updating the platform of the 458 Spider, making it evolve into this 488 Spider, sharper, more aggressive, but luxurious, comfortable, elegant, a mix that only the Italians of the Cavalino Rampante know how to achieve.
If you are a Ferrari fan, this will be your ideal choice. But if you are undecided, the fun that a Ferrari offers is difficult to compare, you definitely have to keep your eye on this car, and your foot on the accelerator.
This power unit, which all 488 models share, is a twin-turbo V8 block, with a power output of 670 horsepower at 8000 revolutions. Its specific power output is 127 horsepower per liter, a rather impressive number.
The maximum torque of 760 newtons per meter is available in 0.8 seconds, even in seventh gear. In third gear it is achieved at 2000 revolutions per minute, partly because this engine does not have the dreaded turbo lag effect, which is that time gap where the engine remains sluggish while the compressors build up pressure.
Ferrari reduced this with a very ingenious solution, as it is well known to engineers that turbo lag increases with power, and also increases response times, which are sometimes up to twice as long as, in aspirated engines. In this unit the response is only 0.8 seconds, which gives the sensation of immediate power to which Ferrari has accustomed us.
Several features added together made this design feat possible, the turbos use bearings with virtually zero friction, the turbines are built in a low-density aluminum and titanium alloy called TiAl, and are arranged in such a way as to maximize power.
Special attention has also been paid to the efficiency of different areas of the car, in combustion-related issues, such as redesigning the intake ports and revising the high-pressure injection system. They improved the engine’s computer program and its multi-spark ignition timing.
Transmission and equipment
In this version the response is up to 9% faster than in previous models, partly due to the development and know-how applied by Ferrari to its road cars, but obtained from competitions.
This car mounts a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with a revised gear ratio adapted to variable torque management. This allows changes in thousandths of a second, which translates into better performance, which is why Ferrari claims that the top speed of this model is 340 kilometers per hour.
The car is equipped with the updated version of SSC2, Ferrari’s Sideshift Control System, which allows up to 12% faster acceleration when exiting a corner. This is another sign of this car’s excellent driving dynamics.
It uses the SCM3 magnetic damping system, with new low-friction damping shafts, which significantly increase control, as well as absorbing bumps more smoothly. It has brakes of exceptional dynamics, thanks to the collaboration of Ferrari and Brembo Extreme Desing, the braking distance was reduced by 9% compared to the previous version.
This braking equipment is a derivation of those mounted on the impressive LaFerrari, with new calipers that reach the optimum braking temperature more quickly, and the car’s 20-inch wheels were also lightened. The 488 Spider’s retractable hard-top system overlaps and is housed over the engine in just 14 seconds.
The main difference between this car and the GTB version is obviously the retractable roof, after all this model is called Spider. The sad thing for fans is that, as the roof is housed in the engine compartment, we do not have the classic Ferrari glass that allows us to see its spectacular mid-engine.
The Spider’s structure was revised and reinforced with aluminum and magnesium to match that of its full-roof sibling, the GTB. Also, due to the folding system of the roof is added 50 kilograms with respect to the hardtop model, being close to 1600 kilograms.
The front of the car is muscular and purely sporty, which is integrated with the bumper giving a sense of power, redirecting the viewer’s eye to the new side air intakes that cool the intercoolers.
Inside the car is the same as the GTB version, a classic Ferrari interior with exceptional quality and the finest materials made by the highly skilled Italian craftsmen.
The infotainment system, in addition to Apple Car Play, has a screen integrated with the car’s line of sight for elements such as navigation and information of interest to the car, oil pressure, air pressure, route, driving mode, etc.