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Launched at the IAA 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, 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 design, created by Pininfarina, hinges on a compact, streamlined shape, which expresses the concepts of essentiality, efficiency and lightness that inspired the project. Like all Ferraris, the styling is closely linked to aerodynamic efficiency, which also generates a vertical load of 140 kg at 200 km/h on this car. The front end has a single vent, with lateral air intakes, and the profile sections designed to direct the air towards the engine radiators and the new flat bottom. The 458 Italia also has small fins positioned in front of the radiators, which generate vertical load and deform aero-elastically as the speed increases to reduce the radiator intake section and thus drag.

The Ferrari 458 Italia coupé was originally launched at the 2009 Frankfurt show and marked a generation leap for 8-cylinder mid-rear engined cars with a strong racing temperament from the Maranello company. .

"The 458 Italia marks a new milestone in the historical collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina," commented Paolo Pininfarina at Frankfurt in 2009.  "The stylistic definition of the model, coordinated by the Ferrari Styling Department team, examined every detail of even the smallest part, focusing on a number of key concepts: simplicity, essentiality, technology, total aerodynamics, efficiency and lightness. The result is a car that has extremely innovative styling but yet retains the main Ferrari characteristics, like the visible engine typical of sportier 8-cylinder models," he added.

 

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

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 multi-link 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.

 

Styling

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 generously sized 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.

New technical solutions adopted for the chassis guarantee identical levels of structural rigidity with the roof up or down. The result is a car that is truly exciting to drive, blending extreme performance with the responsiveness that has always characterised Ferrari's open-top berlinettas.

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Specifications:

 

Engine

Type 90° V8

Displacement 4499 cc

Maximum power 570 CV (425 kW) at 9000 rpm

Maximum torque 540 Nm at 6000 rpm

Specific power output 127 CV/l

Compression ratio 12.5:1

 

Gearbox

Dual-clutch, 7-speed F1                                                           

Electronics

E-Diff3, F1-Trac, high-performance ABS

 

Tyres

Front 235/35 ZR20 8.5"

Rear 295/35 ZR20 10.5"

 

Performance

Maximum speed 320 km/h

0-100 km/h <3.4 s

Fuel consumption + emissions

Fuel consumption 11.8 litres/100 km

Emissions 275 g CO2/km

 
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