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2016 Ferrari 488 Spider

2016 Ferrari 488 Spider
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  • Ferrari 488 Spider
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    660 @ 8000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    560 @ 3000
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    205 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    255000 (Est.)
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In case you missed the reveal of the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, you may want to crawl out from under that rock you’ve been under, dust yourself off, and check it out. Pretty cool, huh? Well, now that you’ve seen Ferrari’s replacement for the 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia, it’s time to have a closer look at the roadster set to replace the 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider. Meet the Ferrari 488 Spider, the turbocharged drop-top that has all the awesome performance figures of the GTB plus the option of driving with nothing but blue skies above!

With the likes of the future 2016 Lamborghini Huracán Roadster and the established 2015 McLaren 650S Spider in its path, the road to topless supercar supremacy will be an uphill battle. But with a 3.9-liter V-8 with tons of power and a 0-to-60-time of three seconds, I think the 488 Spider will certainly have the goods to make it one hell of a battle.

Updated 02/26/2016: The new 488 Spider was presented in London to Ferrari clients and VIP’s including Jamie Campbell Bower, Lucy Watson, Becky Tong and Oliver Proudlock. Of course, while the 488 is no news anymore, it was a perfect opportunity to add a series of new images. Check them out in the "Pictures" tab.

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2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

Maranello’s most powerful V-8 car goes topless

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider joined the 488 lineup at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as a replacement for the 458 Speciale Aperta. The Ferrari 488 Pista replaced the iconic 458 Speciale, and it’s the first of its kind to hide a turbocharged engine under the hood.

Just when we thought that Ferrari settled for the Aperta name for its convertible sports car, Maranello returned to using the old Spider badge. But this is arguably a small issue here, as the Pista Aperta is just as exciting as its coupe sibling, but with extra headroom when the top is removed. The 50th drop-top model built by Ferrari since 1947, the Pista Spider made its global debut in the United States, where convertible sports cars are more popular than everywhere else in the world. Let’s have a closer look at the latest member of the 488 family in the review below..

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Ferrari Celebrates its 50th Drop-Top Model With The 488 Pista Spider

Ferrari Celebrates its 50th Drop-Top Model With The 488 Pista Spider

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.

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Video of the Day: Ferrari 488 Pista in the Wild, Bare Ass Naked

Video of the Day: Ferrari 488 Pista in the Wild, Bare Ass Naked

The successor to Ferrari’s much acclaimed, V-8-engined special series, which includes the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and the 458 Speciale, the 488 Pista is yet another homage to Ferrari’s outstanding heritage in motorsport. Much like its predecessors, the Pista was also developed using knowledge from the company’s involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in which it has won five manufacturers’ titles. Both the race-spec 488 GTE and 488 Challenge served as inspiration for the Pista, also "donating" some of their dynamics and aerodynamic developments. The 488 Pista is described as Ferrari’s most powerful and most advanced special series model so far. Check it out without camo below.

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Leaked Specs Say the Ferrari 488 GTO Will Carry the Most Powerful V-8 Engine in Ferrari History

Leaked Specs Say the Ferrari 488 GTO Will Carry the Most Powerful V-8 Engine in Ferrari History

Prepare to be shocked, ladies and gentlemen!

In case you’ve been inundated with news about Ferrari’s planned SUV and all-electric supercar, there is one other Ferrari model that you also need to pay attention to. I’m talking about the Ferrari 488 GTO, the same “Special Series” version of the 488 that’s rumored to be debuting at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. There have been a lot of rumors being thrown out about the go-faster 488, including whispers that it’s going to pack in excess of 700 horsepower. Well, leaked photos from a recent dealership meeting have revealed a few more details about the upcoming monster, and one of these details point to the car getting “the most powerful V-8 engine in Ferrari history.”

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2017 Ferrari 488 Spider N-Largo by Novitec Rosso

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider N-Largo by Novitec Rosso

Convertible 488 gets a shots of aero and power from noted tuner

What’s possible within the aftermarket tuning scene? That’s a question I’ve heard from a lot of people, and while I can’t fully inform them of the specific benefits of going this route with their vehicles, I do tell them that “anything’s possible” when it comes to this world, especially if you have a vivid imagination and deep pockets. Take Novitec for example. The German tuner is famous for building programs for some of the world’s most exquisite exotics, including today’s lineup of Ferrari sports and supercars. Responsible for these kits is Novitec Rosso, and it’s just announced its latest tuning program for one of Maranello’s most recent models, the Ferrari 488 Spider.

Those who are familiar with Novitec’s N-Largo kit will know that the tuner has already unveiled a similar kit for a handful of other Ferrari supercars, including the F12 and the hardtop version of the Ferrari 488. The program’s formula is pretty simple too: drop a load of aerodynamic components, piece them all together, and then work on getting more power out of the engine. Suffice to say, that’s exactly what Novitec Rosso did to the 488 Spider, and the results are exactly what you’d expect them to be from a tuner that has about as excellent a reputation as any company of its kind in the business.

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2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Heartthrob

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Heartthrob

New "Heartthrob" 488 Spider could find its way into an auction house in the coming months

Mere days after the one-off Ferrari 488 Spider “Green Jewel” fetched a whopping $1.3 million at RM Sotheby’s Leggenda e Passione sale in Fiorano, Italy, Ferrari took to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to present its latest anniversary showpiece. Once again, it’s based on the 488 Spider, only this time, it’s rocking a blue body, a red interior, and a different nickname: Heartthrob.

The one-off supercar officially goes by the name Ferrari 488 Spider Heartthrob and was created to pay tribute to the 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider PF, one of only 14 open-top models designed and built by Pininfarina. Its place in Ferrari lore is cemented by the fact that its owner, Dominican racer and noted playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, drove it in just one international race, here it placed eighth overall and second in its class. That car sported a blue exterior and wore the number 235. Hardly a surprise then that the 488 Spider Heartthrob is wearing the same finish with the same number on its doors. It also gets a red leather interior, which is another nod to the classic Ferrari racer. Given the precedence of auctioning off these one-off 70th anniversary Ferraris, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see the Heartthrob get a price tag. Instead, it could follow in the “Green Jewel’s” footsteps and find its way into an auction setting sooner than later. If that one-off went for $1.3 million, care to guess how much the Heartthrob will go for? Safe to say that a seven-figure estimate may be a little conservative at this point.

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2017 Ferrari 488 GTS Triple-Seven by Wheelsandmore

2017 Ferrari 488 GTS Triple-Seven by Wheelsandmore

How does 777 horsepower sound to you?

The Ferrari 488 GTS is a saucy piece of machinery that makes even the most hardened of men tremble in breathless anticipation. In a lot of ways, it qualifies as a dream car, the kind that ends up as bedroom posters all over the world. But what if there was a way to make the 488 GTS better than it already is? As we’ve seen over and over again, anything is possible when you have an aftermarket company that knows what it’s doing. Good thing then that Wheelsandmore fits that mold because we don’t need to be convinced about its new program for the 488 GTS. We already know that it’s going to be good, and if others need convincing, all they need to hear is 777 horsepower’s worth of fun and fury.

That, in a nutshell, is what the German tuner is offering, hence the appropriately named “Triple Seven” program. It’s a typical Wheelsandmore tuning project though so there are some holes in it, not the least of which is the lack of any meaningful aerodynamic and interior upgrades to the drop-top Prancing Horse. Never mind those though because we’ve come to expect that from the tuner. What we do know is that when it comes to engine tunes and proper wheels, there aren’t that many tuners out there that are on the level of Wheelsandmore. It’s got a litany of previous programs to make its case and this one for the 488 GTS is the latest example of that.

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2017 Ferrari 488 Spider 4XX Siracusa by Mansory

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider 4XX Siracusa by Mansory

Hard to imagine a more aggressive looking Ferrari 488 Spider

There are tuners who are best known for their visual stylings while there are others who are recognized for the power upgrades they offer. Then there’s a tuner like Mansory, which blends all of these elements together to create programs like the one it gave to the new Ferrari 488 Spider. The kit itself is called “4XX Siracusa,” and those who routinely follow the aftermarket tuning scene will know that Mansory has used this name before, previously on the Ferrari 458 Italia back in 2011 and most recently on the Ferrari 488 GTB. Now it’s the 488 Spider’s turn and, as expected, there’s a lot going on here, including power gains that elevate the car’s output to within 800 horsepower.

In a lot of ways, this is to be expected considering that this is Mansory we’re talking about. The German tuner has routinely prepared some of the most polarizing programs in the business. For the most part, Mansory’s offerings are hit or miss, but whether we like them or not, there’s no denying that they’re all worth talking about, for better or worse.

Take this 4XX Siracusa kit for the 488 Spider as an example. Technically, the upgrades themselves are similar to the ones the 488 GTB received last year, right down to the split rear spoiler. But there is difference in how the upgrades react to the body style of the supercar, which is why we’re here to talk about it.

No matter which side of the fence you’re on regarding Mansory, the tuner always incites discussion, which in itself makes it worth talking about. This new Siracusa program for the Ferrari 488 Spider is a pretty good example of that.

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Ferrari J50

Ferrari J50

The first bespoke, limited-edition model based on the Ferrari 488 goes to Japan

Introduced in 2015, the Ferrari 488 GTB replaced the 458 Italia as the company’s entry-level supercar. On top of bringing a revised styling language to the market, the 488 also marks the beginning of new era for Ferrari’s most affordable sports car, with the naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V-12 being replaced by a twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8. A convertible Spider version was released at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, while the 488 GTE and GT3 were launched to enable the nameplate to race in various events and series’ around the world. In late 2016, Ferrari presented the first-ever bespoke supercar based on the 488. It goes by the name J50 and it is based on the Spider model.

Launched during a special celebration at the National Art Center in Tokyo, the J50 commemorates the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan. Created by Ferrari’s Special Projects department and designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team in Maranello, it also marks the return of the targa body style, paying tribute to popular Ferraris of the 1970s and 1980s. If you’re not familiar with them, check out the Ferrari 308 and 328 GTS, but examples also include more recent cars such as the 348 GTS and F355 GTS.

To be sold in Japan only, the J50 is will be limited to only 10 units and each one will be tailored specifically to the customer’s requirements.

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Ferrari Launches 70 New Liveries To Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Ferrari Launches 70 New Liveries To Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Pays tribute to its most iconic road and race cars

Although Enzo Ferrari founded the company in 1939 as Auto Avio Construzioni, Ferrari wasn’t recognized as a full-fledged automaker until 1947. Maranello is getting ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary next year and the celebration began at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where the Italian brand announced the introduction of 70 special liveries that pay tribute to iconic Ferraris from the past.

Five models were selected for the livery feast: the F12beriletta, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, GTC4Lusso, and California T. Each sports car is available with any of the 70 liveries, but there’s a catch. Ferrari will only build one of each model in that livery, meaning there’s won’t be two identical cars with the same paint scheme. For instance, once someone orders a F12berlinetta in livery, that same livery won’t be offered on the same car again. However, it will be available on any of the remaining models (as long as they haven’t been ordered already, that is!).

As a result, Ferrari will build only 350 cars with the special, 70th anniversary liveries.

At the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari showed off four of its new liveries. There was an F12berlinetta inspired by Stirling Moss’ 250 GT SWB race car, a brown California T painted like Steve McQueen’s 250 Lusso, a 488 GTB that pays tribute to Michael Schumacher’s 2003 Formula One racer, and a Ferrari 488 Spider inspired by the 365 P2 that won the Nine Hours of Kyalami in 1965. The latter features the race car’s atypical metallic green paint.

The remaining 66 liveries also include several iconic paint schemes from the company’s past. There’s a red, No. 56 livery paying tribute to the first Ferrari race car from 1947, a red paint with yellow and blue accents on the nose based on Juan Manuel Fangio’s F1 car, as well as liveries inspired by the many Ferraris raced at Le Mans in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Ferrari offers Can-Am- and Sunoco-inspired liveries, as well as paint schemes based on car built for celebrities back in the day.

Each livery comes with its very own name, and some of them are quite interesting. Customers can order "The Heartthrob," "The Patriarch," "Gran Turismo Perfection," "The Lucybelle", "California Dreaming," "The Lauda," "The Wedding Gift," or "The Pro."

There’s no word on pricing, but expect these models to be significantly more expensive than their standard counterparts since they will be unique. Also expect them to sell out quickly, as Ferrari has already received inquiries about matching sets of five cars in one livery.

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2016 Ferrari 488 GTS By Novitec Rosso

2016 Ferrari 488 GTS By Novitec Rosso

German tuner gives new Ferrari supercar an upgrade that’s fit for its stature

We may be in the dog days of summer, but for a perennially busy aftermarket tuner like Novitec Rosso, no amount of idle time can make up for creating a tuning program for one of the market’s newest supercars, the Ferrari 488 GTS. That’s exactly what the German tuner did, doing so only two months after unveiling a similar kit for the 488 GTB. Much like the earlier program, Novitec Rosso’s work on the 488 GTS revolves around an engine upgrade that puts some extra muscle to the Ferrari’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, resulting in a new output of 772 horsepower and 658 pound-feet of torque.

The numbers are identical to what the tuner was able to get out of the coupe version. Rest assured though, the effects are far different, both from a performance standpoint and from a wind-blowing-your-hair point-of-view. Better yet, the enhancements don’t just end with the engine upgrades. It wouldn’t be a Novitec Rosso tuning kit if it was strictly limited to that. The German tuner is also known for its carbon fiber aero bits and without disappointment, Novitec is also offering a full aerodynamic body kit that’s even been subjected to strenuous wind tunnel testing.

As expected, a new set of wheels is also part of the program and an interior upgrade that’s largely left to the whims and financial might of the customer. In other words, this tuning kit for the Ferrari 488 GTS is a trademark Novitec Rosso program, complete with all the bells and whistles that have come to define the well-established aftermarket company.

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2016 Ferrari 488 Spider

2016 Ferrari 488 Spider

In case you missed the reveal of the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, you may want to crawl out from under that rock you’ve been under, dust yourself off, and check it out. Pretty cool, huh? Well, now that you’ve seen Ferrari’s replacement for the 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia, it’s time to have a closer look at the roadster set to replace the 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider. Meet the Ferrari 488 Spider, the turbocharged drop-top that has all the awesome performance figures of the GTB plus the option of driving with nothing but blue skies above!

With the likes of the future 2016 Lamborghini Huracán Roadster and the established 2015 McLaren 650S Spider in its path, the road to topless supercar supremacy will be an uphill battle. But with a 3.9-liter V-8 with tons of power and a 0-to-60-time of three seconds, I think the 488 Spider will certainly have the goods to make it one hell of a battle.

Updated 02/26/2016: The new 488 Spider was presented in London to Ferrari clients and VIP’s including Jamie Campbell Bower, Lucy Watson, Becky Tong and Oliver Proudlock. Of course, while the 488 is no news anymore, it was a perfect opportunity to add a series of new images. Check them out in the "Pictures" tab.

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Chris Harris Drives The Ferrari 488 Spider: Video

Chris Harris Drives The Ferrari 488 Spider: Video

Chris Harris has been around enough supercars to know which ones are the real deal and which ones leave a lot to be desired. The opinionated British auto presenter recently took hold of Maranello’s latest supercar, the Ferrari 488 Spider, and as you can expect, Harris had plenty to say about the successor to the Ferrari 458 Spider.

The status of the latter as one of Ferrari’s best modern-day supercars meant that certain connections between the two convertible supercars had to be made. Like a true pro, Harris went by some of the 488 Spider’s features and compared them to that of its predecessor. Among his most striking points was Ferrari’s adoption of a new 3.9-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 that clearly surpasses anything Ferrari has done in the past. Think the Ferrari Enzo can beat the 488 Spider in a speed race? Harris is confident in his answer and it won’t look good for the mighty Enzo.

Any discussion surrounding the 488 Spider must also talk about its competition, which in this case is the McLaren 650S Spyder — a supercar built by McLaren with every intention of beating Ferrari and Lamborghini. There’s certainly an argument to be made for both cars and Harris wasn’t shy about saying what he thought of the 488 Spider’s chances against its McLaren counterpart.

In the end, Harris seems to agree with the majority of motoring opinions about the 488 Spider. It’s another feather in the cap of Ferrari, an inspired piece of Italian engineering that showcases everything we love about the Prancing Horse.

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Ferrari 488 GTS Will Be Unveiled In September; GTB Scuderia Will Follow

Ferrari 488 GTS Will Be Unveiled In September; GTB Scuderia Will Follow

Ferrari only recently introduced the 488 GTB, the new turbocharged replacement for the 458 Italia, but its inevitable variants are already beginning to come into focus, including a drop-top spider and a hardcore successor to the Stradale, Scuderia and Speciale.

Corroborating other reports, Netherlands outlet Autovisie says the spider will be called the 488 GTS and is slated to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, 2015. Like the 458 Spider, expect a clever folding hardtop that stores neatly behind the rear bulkhead. The drivetrain will remain unchanged, but it’s hardly lacking to begin with. That means a new twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8 producing 659 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 560 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. Performance is likely to suffer a bit because of the roof’s additional weight, but it shouldn’t be far off the hardtop 488’s 0-60 time of 3.0 seconds dead.

The hardcore variant should arrive a few years later, towards the end of the 488’s lifespan. Like the road-racer specials that came before it, expect weight savings and more power to be the orders of the day. That means a sparse interior with plenty of carbon fiber and around 700 horsepower. Fiorano lap times will probably be on par with the LaFerrari. Following that, expect a limited run of hardcore convertibles in the spirit of the 458 Speciale A and 430 Scuderia Spider 16M.

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Ferrari 488 GTB & 488 GTS Caught In Maranello: Video

Ferrari 488 GTB & 488 GTS Caught In Maranello: Video

The 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB was unleashed earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, and while we already know all of the major details behind Ferrari’s new entry-level successor to the 458 Italia, we’ve yet to actually hear it in action. Thankfully, that has now changed thanks to a car spotter posted outside of Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters.

For some reason, the 488 GTB is still wrapped in camouflage, but one thing Ferrari can’t hide in this video was the supercar’s exhaust note. Despite the lower displacement and the twin turbochargers, the all-new 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine still delivers a signature Ferrari note, and pairing this engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission leaves the car sounding like an F1 race car. As good as these cars sound in everyday driving, we can’t wait to hear what the 488 GTB’s powerful engine (660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque) will sound like in full song on the track.

In addition to getting to hear the twin-turbo V-8, the video also gives us our first glimpse of the open-top version of the GTB, likely to be called the 488 GTS. Judging by this prototype, it would appear that the GTS will have a power-retractable roof where the two-piece top folds into the space between the passenger compartment and the mid-mounted engine.

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