In the midst of all of these fiery stories we’ve scattered about in the past couple of weeks, we finally get to write something good about the Ferrari 458 Italia. The 458 range is set to be expanded with two new models: the GTS Spider version coming in the spring of 2011 and the Scuderia, the sportier version, shortly thereafter. Today we will focus on the GTS version.
Despite previous rumors suggesting the Spider version would be offered with a fabric roof, it seems that the future 458 Italia Spider model will actually be getting a glass roof that flips upright electrically and disappears behind the seats. This is being done to ensure the car will be even more comfortable.
Under the hood the 458 Spider will use the same 4.5 Liter V8 engine equipped with the traditional Ferrari flat crankshaft as the coupe version. The unit produces 570 HP at a rather high 9000 RPM and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 202 MPH.
We can only hope that Ferrari will solve the fire problem by next spring.