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Meet the New Turbo-charged Ferrari 488 Spider


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Meet the New Turbo-charged Ferrari 488 Spider

We already knew the 488 was good, but the magnificent Ferrari 488 Spider adds yet another level of enjoyment to the driving experience with its folding hard-top.

With the top stowed, you will find yourself even more carried away with the sound and the speed of the car’s explosive V8. And still, it is just as usable on a day-to-day basis as the coupé.

At £204,400, the Spider is not exactly cheap, but for maximum high-performance, wind-in-your-hair fun - and with the roof disappearing in just 14 seconds - the Ferrari is a supremely enjoyable open-top supercar.

In terms of performance, this two-seater roadster has a 3.9 litre twin turbocharged V8 and an automated manual dual-clutch 7-speed F1 gearbox. In fact, the dual-clutch box is almost impossible to fault. Auto mode works seamlessly, and up and down shifts are virtually instant.

The 488 Spider is only 50 kg (110 lb) heavier than its coupé sibling, and 10 kg (22 lb) lighter than the 458 Spider. According to Ferrari the Spider can hit 62 mph, from rest, in three seconds dead.

Even away from faster roads, the 488 is extremely versatile. The car finds its peak power outputs a lot lower in the rev counter which has two benefits, firstly, that it is a lot easier to access the power and also that the car is more civilized in daily driving and that is its real standout point as far as its driving experience.

Plus, the distinct advantage of having a Formula One team only over the road is apparent in the 488 Spider's effortless, sculpted body striking a perfect balance with its mechanical and aerodynamic requirements.

It has been a good last 12 months for Ferrari with it making its debut on the New York Stock Exchange at $60 (£39, €53) per share – 15 per cent higher than predicted.

In fact, such is the devotion of the Ferrari aficionados worldwide, that the wait list is already extending beyond two years.

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