2016 Ferrari 488 Spider revealed - pictures, specification and release date

The convertible version of the Ferrari 488 promises to be the most powerful Spider the company has made...

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Tom Webster
15 Sep 2015 09:30 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The Ferrari 488 Spider is the most powerful mid-engined convertible that the company has made, and it goes on sale in late spring / early summer 2016.

What is it?
This is the convertible version of the Ferrari 488 GTB, which was revealed at the Geneva motor show earlier in 2015. It comes with many of the same underpinnings and technology as the coupe GTB, but with a removable roof.

Turning the 488 into a convertible means several visual changes, with the redesigned rear end and the two large flying buttresses, which sit behind the seats, the most notable. They are designed to aid airflow and aerodynamics.

To improve cabin comfort, the 488 Spider has an adjustable rear wind stopper in the form of an electric glass window. It can be placed in three different positions to increase protection as desired. It can also be dropped while the roof is in place to increase the sound of the engine in the cabin even in poor weather conditions.

What engines does it come with?
Like the 488 GTB coupe there is just the one engine on offer in the 488 Spider - a twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8.

It produces 660bhp at 8000rpm and it gives the Spider the same claimed 0-62mph time of 3.0sec, although 0-124mph takes marginally longer, at 8.7sec to the fixed-head car’s 8.4sec.

The top speed is 203mph. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are unchanged from the GTB’s, though, at a combined 24.8mpg and 260g/km. This is aided by the engine stop-start system, called HELE, which is now fitted as standard.

What equipment does it come with?
The equipment offered on the Spider is the same as that on the GTB, although Ferrari has tweaked some of the standard-fit kit.

The suspension has been modified to make it more compliant and, therefore, more comfortable than the coupe, as Ferrari feels fewer owners will want to take their Spider to the track.

The exhaust has been tweaked, too and has been toned down to make the noise less overpowering in the cabin with the roof off.

To improve cabin comfort, the 488 Spider has an adjustable rear wind stopper in the form of an electric glass window. It can be placed in three different positions to increase protection as desired. It can also be dropped while the roof is in place to increase the sound of the engine in the cabin even in poor weather conditions.

How much will it cost?
The final pricing for the 488 Spider will be revealed closer to its on-sale date. However, it is expected to attract a similar premium as the 458 Spider over its coupe equivalent, of £20,000. As the 488 GTB starts at £183,974, a price of just over £200,000 is likely.