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2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider


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If there’s anything better than a beautiful, red Ferrari 458 Italia, it’s that same beautiful, red Ferrari with its top stripped off. We received confirmation that Ferrari was planning on producing a Spider version of one of their highly successful new models back in 2009 from none other than Luca di Montezemolo, himself and now the covers have finally been pulled off.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider.

The car is scheduled to make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, but the Prancing Horse wanted to release the first salvo of information, together with official photos, well ahead of that. Thank your lucky stars, people.

And now that the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider has officially arrived, the next question that needs to be answered now is when it’s going on sale. Word has it that Europe will get first crack at the Ferrari supercar around spring of 2012 with the US following suit towards the end of 2012.

UPDATE 09/27/2011: Price, Set, Buy! Ferrari has revealed pricing for their luscious 458 Italia Spyder! Sales for the drop top beauty will start in January for the US with prices starting at $257,000. Sales in Europe will begin in October and prices will start at 226,800 euros, or $309,000 at the current exchange rates.

UPDATE 01/09/12: Ferrari has now released the online configuration for the 458 Italia Spyder. We can’t say that we didn’t wait for this and now that its here, we’re all excited to see what we can do with our very own "virtual" 458 Italia Spyder.

Find out more about the 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider after the jump

Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder’s Luscious Engine Sound

Exterior and Interior

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

While most of the car’s appearance looks pretty much the same to that of the hard-top version of the 458 Italia, the biggest difference between the two is pretty obvious: the Spider comes with a retractable roof.

The roof is made from aluminum and was designed to ergonomically fit just in front of the rear engine without compromising both the car’s aerodynamic attributes, as well as the overall performance. With the roof mechanism being as small as it is, the 458 Italia Spider even has room to have a small storage space just behind the two seats of the supercar.

The front of the supercar remains largely untouched, but the rear has been given a few tweaks to work well with the car’s new aerodynamic set-up, specifically in the optimization of air flow towards the cooling ducts, oil cooler, and gearbox. There’s also the addition of an adjustable wind deflector, which has been designed in such a way that the wind doesn’t interfere with the interior cabin of the supercar, making conversations between driver and passenger less of a hassle than it would have been.

In addition to the exterior engineering of the 458 Italia Spider, Ferrari also adjusted the supercar’s engine mapping and suspension damping, as well as re-tuning the engine sound to ensure optimal performance capabilities without compromising the ride experience of the car.

Overall, the changes done on the whole set-up of the 458 Italia Spider resulted in a heavier car - although not by much - compared to the hard-top 458 Italia. The former weighs in at 3,153 lbs compared to the latter weighing 3,042 lbs.

Performance

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

The engine of the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider is still the same 4.5-liter V8 engine from the hard-top version. The resulting output remains at 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 400 lb/ft of torque at 6,000 rpm mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and electronic differential. The supercar is capable of traveling from 0-62 mph in less than 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph.

The engine also delivers an outstanding power output of 127 HP/liter and 120 Nm/liter and only 307 g/km of CO2 with a fuel consumption of just 13.3 l/100 km.

Pricing

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

Sales for the drop top beauty will start in January 2012 for the US with prices starting at $257,000. Sales in Europe will begin in October 201 and prices will start at 226,800 euros, or $309,000 at the current exchange rates. Customers interested can also opt for different packages to boost the car’s appeal: a leather luggage set for the trunk (€ 5.651/$7,900 at the current rates) and a carbon fiber package (€ 11.592/$15,990 at the current rates). The cheapest option is a silver plate priced at € 484 ($667 at the current rates).

Competition

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

Lamborghini and McLaren have yet to come out with their own Spider versions for the Aventador and the MP4-12C , so for now, the onus is on the Audi R8 GT Spyder and the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster to compete against the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider.

Here’s where we’re at: We love the look of the Audi R8 GT Spyder and the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster and have long been fans of both cars’ overall profile. But when we first saw the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, it completely blew us away. Given a choice between the German supercars and the Italian thoroughbred in terms of design, we won’t even blink and give it to the latter.

As far as we’re concerned, the SLS AMG Roadster hurt its cause when it eliminated the one quality the hard-top version that made it stand out: the gullwing doors.

As for the engine, both the SLS AMG Roadster and the 458 Italia Spider retained the same engines as that of the coupe versions. In the case of the former, it’s still the 6.3-liter V8 engine that produces 563 horsepower and 479 lb/ft of torque with a top speed of 195 mph.

This is where the Audi R8 GT Spyder stands out, thanks to the its 4.5-liter V8 engine and its output of 570 horsepower, good enough for a top speed of over 200 mph.

Since the engines of all three supercars are pretty much the same give or take a few ponies, we’ll base this argument on our belief that the 458 Italia Spider’s design completely blew us away.

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider
LOVE IT
  • Exterior design is just beyond awesome
  • Performance numbers are still spectacular
  • Plenty of adjustments made to make the ride as comfortable as the coupe
LEAVE IT
  • Would’ve been nice if there was a bump in power
  • It’s going to be expensive
  • Other options are also available


61 comments:

So much for the looks’ guys, but when we study on it deeply we will just be noticed that the engine that it has is not really powerful for a sports car, but I must say that I am also impressed with the appearance of it.

Who will not be impressed with the fabulous looks of this Italia Spider of Ferrari? The sportiness of the appearance of this car will surely stand out, and I think that the engine is just suited for it.

I think if this car has V12 engine it’s a good performance and its one of the best fastest cars. Hehehe. BTW, I like the concept of the car, The color of the car is amazing and the style is really great.

The sporty look of this Italia Spider is so impressive. This car really had a good looks and V8 engine is quite good for it. I bet that it can give quite good performance for this car.

The future looks bright and red with this mobile. Everyone who will be riding on this will be truly envy by others.

i just saw this car on WWE because, one of the wrestler ride in it during the show, and what should i say, it’s stylish, and really a head turning super available in the market...

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider seems so powerful but I don’t think that V8 engine will give a powerful and remarkable performance on it and I must say that this is one of the best good looking convertible sports cars that I saw.

With the triple muffler of that car is really great. I’m sure the performance of this car is really great with the 570 horse power.

Red convertible 2012 Ferrari car is very perfect and nice. I bet that this car will be one of the most popular cars in the market this coming 201. I’m so excited.

It seems powerful, but I don’t think that V8 engine will satisfy its powerful appearance. As for the looks of this one, I’m impressed with the sporty exterior of it and its already looking great on its color.

V8 engine? I think it’s not appropriate on this Spider, but I must say that the sporty exterior is really awesome, and it looks great on its color.

The performance of this car. Ferrari 458 italia is still the same 4.5-liter v8 engine form the top version and has 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm.

All spider cars version todays are so awesome and I’m so impressed with them. Italia Spider is really beyond fabulous and I bet everyone would love to have this and no one can resist on it.

I have to say that the car is simply perfect. I like the Spider version of the vehicle. It makes me realize on how awesome was this car.

I was impressed with the speed performance of the vehicle. The torque of the vehicle is just enough to make it blast in the race track.

Well, it is one of the upcoming productions of Ferrari. I heard rumors that Ferrari will create the Spyder version with the 458 Italia. Hopefully, they could really make it. I’m waiting for the retractable top of the Ferrari.

It was said that it will be available by the end of 2012. The speed performance of the car is quite that powerful. And I would say that its kind of impressive for a Spyder version.

hmm. Well, finally they are revealing this car in the near opening of Frankfurt Motor Show. I think the original debut of the car will be on the 2014. BTW, I wonder if the car will be on sale after the event?

I’m really confused on what is the true meaning of a Spyder version. Can someone here give me some idea? By the way, I can say that the car is quite cool because it has no roofing.

And I’m one the poor men who cannot afford to have this one. By the way, you said that the output was reduced? I think because they focus on the other specification of the car not with its performance.

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