Ferrari F8 Spider unveiled

Ferrari announces F8 Spider

Ferrari's 488 GTB was replaced earlier this year by the F8 Tributo, and now it's the turn of the 488 Spider to make way for the new F8 Spider which was revealed on Monday ahead of a formal debut at this week's Frankfurt International Motor Show. The F8 Spider shares much with the Tributo. For deployment and retracting the hardtop, it takes 14 seconds and can be operated at speed up to 27.9 miles per hour.

The Ferrari 812 GTS enjoyed a significant design rework so that the mechanical drop-top wouldn't compromise style or performance. The company described it as a lesser extreme version than the 488 Pista Spider but more sportier than the 488 Spider.

According to the automaker, this power unit in particular further enhances the typical traits of all Maranello engines with smoothly progressive, limitless acceleration and zero turbo lag, combined with a unique soundtrack courtesy of a new exhaust system. As a result, the design of the F8 Spider's lines was crafted around its RHT (Retractable Hard Top).

Powering the F8 Spider is the same twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine as the F8 Tributo coupe to pump out a hearty 711 and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque.

It replaces the 488 Spider, and the 458 Spider before that - and in some regards is therefore nearly quite predictable.

Imagine dropping the top to hear the V12 scream all the way up to 8,900 rpm.

. Adaptive Performance Launch analyses grip as the vehicle accelerates and then uses electronic controls to optimise the torque delivered to suit the road's grip level, reducing wheel slip to a minimum which, in turn, maximises acceleration. Its maximum torque is now higher at all engine speeds, peaking at 770Nm at 3250rpm.

The V8 powering the F8 Spider is capable of generating 711 hp (a 50 hp increase compared to the 488 iteration) which pushes the auto from 0 to about 62 miles per hour in just under three seconds. Reducing the weight of rotating and non-static masses, such as the titanium con-rods, crankshaft and flywheel, allows engine speed to rise very rapidly. These reductions in the weight of the rotating masses yield a 17 percent reduction in inertia.

This Ferrari spider thus combines the characteristics of the most lauded eight-cylinder engine in history with unparalleled driving pleasure, says Ferrari. When designing a spider, the choice of the top will always play a fundamental role in the car's overall look.

While the newcomer is otherwise technically identical to the 812 Superfast, that gorgeous Targa-style top, which, much to nobody's surprise, involves a folding metallic roof, brings a weight penalty of 165 lbs (75 kilos), so it's nearly as if you were driving around in a coupe with somebody riding shotgun.

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