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:

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider seems so powerful in it’s exterior and Interior. It has great looks especially that this Spider comes with a retractable roof. And I must say that this is one of the best good-looking convertible sports cars.

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

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.

For me only Ferrari could have this authority to have the name in this creation. They have lots of ideas and version. As sporty style, they have the trade mark for it.

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.

Wow! I would love to see and experience driving this car! The Spyder version really looks perfect on the car. And I was a bit shocked seeing the impressive performance of this version!

Wow! I like the yellow color and the Cabrio styling of this car. Moreover, the engine of it is really good on this vehicle. I can’t wait for this car makes it the way for future production.

Yeah right! It is really a good-looking vehicle, but if you didn’t notice its competitor can still offer a more powerful and efficient engine and speed performance than on this.

This Ferrari 458 Italia spider is one of the best sports roadsters that I saw today, and it is truly beyond awesome that no one can’t be noticed! Well, I really can’t wait for its production! smiley

It looks so awesome and fabulous with its red body paint! Well, it will be a stiff competition, for the fact that its competitor is also a good-looking vehicle and can offer either a great speed performance.

This Ferrari 458 had the same style with Audi’s convertible syder! However, I found out that this Italia spider is more looks more attractive than Audi. I just only noticed that it is too expensive!

No doubt that this Ferrari Spyder truly looks so fabulous on its design, and the engine of it is really quite impressive. However, I still find that its competitor is more powerful than to this one.

On my mind right now, the only car I have been dreaming since the day I was born was a Volkswagen, but when is see this Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, I just felt a pang of jealousy for those who already have it. Without a doubt, Italia Spider cost too much than I can’t even afford it on my dreams.

The well-proportioned of this Spider is really striking among the other convertible cars that I saw and Freddy Davis were right, even if too expensive I think it still worth spending for.

Ferrari cars never fail people of its pretty design. This Italia Spider by Ferrari is surely expensive but the performance is spectacular, so be it.

Spider was really a good-looking car but until now, Ferrari still didn’t announce if when will they really put this one on the market, which brings me doubt if they really had any plan to do that.

Italia Spider from Ferrari is really one of the best good looking sports convertible car but I must that the engine that it had is not really suited for a sports car but it was quite impressive already. One thing I really love about this one, is that it was oozing with angst and appeal. Well, I think it will be one of the big success of Ferrari if they already put this on production.

Hmmmn, seems everyone is so fond with this Italia spider, well I must say that I can’t blame them, this convertible spider is really an irresistible one. The looks are really awesome on its sleek body paint though I think that it had an impressive engine.

Most Italian cars are much prettier in cabrio versions than the coupe, for example the murcielago, or the 8c. 458 Italia was already an amazing coupe. I believe the engine is ok, and that v12 is not needed. Ferrari produces cars ifor different customers, so there must be a wide model range, starting from "little" california, then 458, then the ff and 599 gtb. 599 gtb successor will be ideal for those who ask for v12. 458 italia for marketing and size reasons must wear a v8.

No doubt, that this Italia Spider would be going to be expensive, and yes I’m agreed that it really had a good look, and it looks so fabulous and awesome with its color. And the engine didn’t suit for a sports car like this.

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