The convertible version of the 488 Pista turned a lot of heads at Pebble Beach

Ferrari has unveiled its 50th drop-top model in the company’s history, called the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider. Essentially a convertible version of the 488 Pista, the Pista Spider packs all the potency of its coupé counterpart and wraps it up in a mesmerizing road-legal drop-top supercar. Ferrari hasn’t said how much the 488 Pista Spider will cost but expect it to be more expensive than the $350,000 488 Pista.

Ferrari Celebrates its 50th Drop-Top Model With The 488 Pista Spider Exterior
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Dressed in a predominantly white paint finish with matching blue racing stripes running the length of the car, the 488 Pista Spider definitely looks the part of a Special Series model

As the newest model to come out of Ferrari’s new Special Series collection, the 488 Pista Spider isn’t your typical Ferrari. It also happens to be the 50th drop-top model Ferrari has built in its 70-year history. That’s a distinction no other drop-top Prancing Horse model will ever have.

The supercar lived up to its status when Ferrari unveiled it at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Dressed in a predominantly white paint finish with matching blue racing stripes running the length of the car, the 488 Pista Spider definitely looks the part of a Special Series model. The same two-color treatment also appears in the interior.

Ferrari Celebrates its 50th Drop-Top Model With The 488 Pista Spider Exterior
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The 488 Pista Spider’s biggest and most important feature, though, is its beating heart: a 3.9-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine

The 488 Pista Spider’s biggest and most important feature, though, is its beating heart: a 3.9-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that was recently named the Best Engine in the world for the third straight year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards. The V-8’s ability to produce 710 horsepower is the attention-grabbing highlight of the supercar, but there’s more to the 488 Pista Spider’s V-8 unit than its incredible power. Torque figures weren’t announced, but Ferrari indicated that torque figures increase at all engine speeds, ensuring that the 488 Pista Spider can accelerate unimpeded until it hits the red line. The engine noise that comes out of that is more intoxicating now that you can actually hear it with the open-top roof setup of the supercar. Glorious, Italians!

If there is one issue to the 488 Pista Spider, it’s the car’s weight. In standard form, the drop-top is around 200 pounds heavier than the 488 Pista, and that’s after Ferrari removed the interior carpets and replaced them with patterned aluminum footplates. Even the driver’s door handle is less luxurious than it used to be. It’s just a strap, now.

Ferrari Celebrates its 50th Drop-Top Model With The 488 Pista Spider Exterior
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Regardless of its weight, the Ferrari 488 Spider is still one heck of a supercar that has earned its place in the annals of Ferrari lore as the company’s 50th drop-top model.

Future owners can opt to cut more weight off the car by signing up to get the optional one-piece carbon fiber wheels. These wheels are 20 percent lighter than the standard 20-inch diamond-finish alloy wheels.

Still, even if the 488 Pista Spider is heavier than its coupe counterpart, nothing’s stopping it from accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds before climaxing at 211 mph. Regardless of its weight, the Ferrari 488 Spider is still one heck of a supercar that has earned its place in the annals of Ferrari lore as the company’s 50th drop-top model.

Further reading

2018 Ferrari 488 Pista
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Read our full review on the 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista.

2016 Ferrari 488 Spider High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB.

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Press release

Maranello, 25 August 2018 – The Prancing Horse’s new Special Series model, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, has been unveiled during the world-famous Concours d’Elegance® at Pebble Beach in California.

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is the 50th drop-top model from the Prancing Horse and a premiere in the US was a natural choice given that, ever since the 1950s, North American clients have always been keen connoisseurs of high-performance convertibles.

The new car sets a new benchmark for Ferrari for spider performance with an unprecedented weight-power ratio of 1.92 kg/cv. A result made possible by the adoption of the most powerful Ferrari V8 engine ever, which was recently named Best Engine in the world for the third consecutive year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards. The 3902cc twin-turbo V8 unleashes 720 cv and combines that power with increasing torque at all engine speeds for continuous and unending acceleration all the way to the red line. The unique engine sound is now even more riveting thanks to the open-top configuration.

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider represents the natural development of the defining design of the coupé version. The Ferrari designers’ primary objective was to maintain unaltered the perfect marriage of aerodynamic efficiency, purity of form and racing spirit.

This concept is underlined by the characteristic central livery which runs the whole length of the car, expanding towards the rear where it finishes at the end of the rear wing next to the spoiler. This continual expansion of the stripe recalls the movement of the airflow and exalts the lines of the car.

The philosophy that imposed an uncompromising choice of materials for the bodywork is also revisited in the interior solutions, with weight being saved by the use of lightweight, pared-back components. As well as the generous use of carbon-fibre and Alcantara® throughout, the carpets have been replaced by patterned aluminium foot plates and the driver’s-side door handle is now a simple strap.

In terms of engineering, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is directly derived from the 488 Pista which encapsulates all the racing experience gathered on world’s circuits with the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. As a result, the new Spider offers the highest level yet of technological transfer from the track to a road-legal drop-top car.

The vehicle dynamics honed for this Special Series 8-cylinder convertible deliver a seamless combination of razor-sharp acceleration, braking efficiency, lightning-fast gear shifting, precision steering, grip, stability and superb handling. The result? A completely captivating and unprecedented driving experience. This was achieved thanks partly to the new lateral dynamics control system, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE), which makes on-the-limit driving more intuitive, controllable and predictable.

The car features new diamond-finish 20” alloy wheels with a novel 10-spoke star-effect interpretation of Ferrari’s traditional mid-rear engine berlinetta-style rims. Also available are the optional one-piece carbon-fibre wheels which offer a 20% weight reduction over the standard forged alloys.

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