The fact that Ferrari will offer a convertible version for their new 458 Italiacomes as no surprise. Another thing that comes as no surprise is the fact that it will be called the 458 Italia Spider. Now, putting the obvious information aside, an interesting piece of news comes at us today from a TeamSpeed forum member. According to him, a source in Maranello reported that the next Spider model will feature the same folding hardtop as the California. The car is currently in its development stages, but it will not be revealed for at least few more years.

On the California, the hard top is made from aluminum panels and has a cast aluminum weight-bearing structure which has reduced its overall weight and the moving masses involved. The entire opening/closing cycle is completed in just 14 seconds.

Under the hood the 458 Spider will use the same 4.5 Liter V8 engine equipped with the traditionalFerrari 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.


Source: TeamSpeed

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  (544) posted on 06.7.2010

The added security of a hrad top has enticed BMW, and other such brands to employ it. Thus, with the preservation of the cars lined considered when the top is up a hard top makes sense. However, with it being a Ferreri it would not make much difference.

  (460) posted on 06.6.2010

What a lovely spider. A way better looking than the Lamborghini Spider.

  (504) posted on 06.6.2010

Why is that? there are no videos on the folding hartop of this beautiful ferrari. Even though I’ve seen many cars with folding hardtop but this ferrari is so different and it makes me think for how it folds.

  (1023) posted on 06.4.2010

This should be challenging to properly design a folding hard top in combination with a mid engine platform and then to make sure it still looks good.We will see.

  (407) posted on 06.3.2010

This should be challenging to properly designed a folding hard top in combination with a mid engine platform and then to make sure it still looks good. We will see.

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