2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
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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2017 Ferrari 488 Spider N-Largo by Novitec Rosso
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
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
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
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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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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2016 Ferrari 488 GTS By Novitec Rosso
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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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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