Whether it is stationary or on the move, the open-top Ferrari 458 Spider simply scintillates
Published on Nov 28, 2011 6:00 AM
The 458 Italia is arguably the best looking mid-engined model from Ferrari.
Its delicate uncluttered lines, flowing curves and slim pillars give it an aura of sophisticated athleticism that is truly incomparable. It is gorgeous from any angle and looks fast even standing still.
Creating a convertible version of something as beautiful as the 458 Italia is therefore a rather complicated affair. Midship supercars usually look fine when the convertible roof is folded away, but with the roof up, they seem to lose some of their fine lines.
One solution is to design a folding hard top that closely resembles the coupe's roof. But where can such a roof fold away to in a mid-engined sports car? It seems Ferrari has found the answer.
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FERRARI 458 SPIDER
Price: $985,600 without COE
Engine: 4,499cc 48-valve V8
Transmission: Seven-speed dual clutch with paddle shift
Power: 562bhp at 9,000rpm
Torque: 540Nm at 6,000rpm
0-100kmh: 3.4 seconds
Top speed: 320kmh
Fuel consumption: 11.8 litres/100km
Agent: Ital Auto