It was back in February 2018 when Ferrari surprised the motoring world with an even more powerful version of the 488 GTB, the Pista. Lighter, faster and far more agile, the Pista proved to be a more hardcore derivative of Ferrari's mid-range sports car.
Now, a drop-top version of the 488 Pista has just been launched at the 67th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Called the 488 Pista Spider, it gets the same attributes as the hardtop variant but with the fun driving experience of open-top motoring.
It serves as the Prancing Horse brand's 50th drop-top model and sets a new benchmark for Ferrari Spider performance as the company claims. With a set goal of delivering lightweight performance and plenty of power, the 488 Pista Spider combines aerodynamic efficiency and racing pedigree in a road-going drop-top.
The differences between the Spider and the hardtop 488 Pista are subtle to say the least. What is clear, however, is that it gets a retractable roof. However, this does make the Spider heavier by 91 kg. - the 488 Pista Spider have a curb weight of 1380 kg (the 488 Pista with a fixed roof weighs in at 1280 kg).
Also seen on the new Spider is a unique livery which Ferrari said mimics the flow of air going in and over the car. Finally, it gets a new set of diamond-finish 20-inch, ten-spoke alloy wheels. Should one feel the need to have a lighter set of alloys, Ferrari is also offering one-piece carbon fiber wheels which are 20 % lighter.
Powering the 488 Pista Spider is the same 3.9-liter bi-turbo V8 found in the hardtop version. It cranks out an impressive 720 PS at 8000 rpm along with a healthy 770 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm. Like the 488 Pista, the Spider can catapult itself from 0 – 100 km/h in just 2.85 seconds before reaching a top speed of 340 km/h. It is slower, however, to reach 200 km/h from a standstill. The 488 Pista can do it in 7.6 seconds while the 488 Pista Spider can achieve it in 8 seconds flat.
To make the 488 Pista Spider handle better while on the limit, engineers took inspiration from the 488 GTE and 488 Challenge race cars. With new aerodynamics in play, along with a new lateral dynamics control system, Ferrari claimed that the Pista Spider will deliver a 'captivating and unprecedented driving experience'.