Six months ago, Ferrari bid arrivederci to the 488 after they revealed the F8 Tributo. While featuring a somewhat similar design, the Tributo is sleeker, more powerful, and features a racing-inspired cabin with plenty of toys to keep the driver and passenger entertained.
But what about a drop-top version I hear you asking? Your wish has been granted after Ferrari officially released the all-new F8 Spider. It serves as the convertible variant and features a retractable hard top (RHT) that can be deployed / stowed away in as little as 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45 km/h.
Powering the F8 Spider is Ferrari’s familiar 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8. But unlike its hardtop sibling, the F8 Spider produces a bit more power. It comes with an extra 10 horsepower more than the F8 Tributo, giving the drop-top 720 PS. Torque, however, is the same as with the Tributo at 770 Nm which is readily available at 3250 rpm. 0 - 100 km/h is swiftly achieved in 2.9 seconds while top speed is rated at an impressive 340 km/h.
Compared to the previous 488 Spider, the F8 Spider produces 50 PS more thanks to repositioned air intakes. Instead of being in the flanks, they have been replaced towards the rear which connect directly to the intake plenums. The result is greater airflow towards the engine and more horsepower from the twin-turbo V8 as claimed by Ferrari.
Much like the Tributo, the Spider gets the distinct ’S-duct’ front end, along with the horizontal-designed LED headlights. But perhaps delivering a more striking presence is its rear end. Large dual exhausts, quad taillights, and an aerodynamic rear bumper give the Spider a sporty and aggressive look.
The cockpit, on the other hand, retains the classic driver-focused design from Ferraris of old. Almost everything can be controlled from the steering wheel and from the driver’s side; from the headlights, suspension settings, drive mode, turn signals, as well as the infotainment display. The passenger, however, can have an optional seven-inch touchscreen that can manipulate the car’s onboard infotainment system. Finally, a new set of sport seats complete the Spider’s in-car features.
The Ferrari F8 Spider is set to be available in Europe soon, with other markets to follow suit.