Autostrada Motore Inc., the official Ferrari and Maserati distributor in the Philippines, has just launched the Ferrari 458 Spider.
The Ferrari 458 was intended to be developed to be both a coupe and a spider, and this puts inherent advantages to the 458 Spider’s structure. First, a lot of chassis strengthening wasn’t necessary, reducing the weight to be added in the first place, which also means not much of the 458 Italia’s chassis rigidity has been lost. Another advantage to this is it has a seamless design, with the all-aluminium roof integrating well into the design. The aluminium roof only takes 14 seconds to fully deploy, though it can only do so when the car isn’t in motion.
The Ferrari 458 Spider’s engine is unchanged from the coupe. It is still the same 4.5 liter direct-injected V8 that produces 562 hp and 540 Nm of torque. It takes 3.4 seconds for the 458 Spider to reach 100 km/h from a standstill.
Together with the Ferrari 458 Italia and the 458 Speciale, the Maranello manufacturer broadens its appeal to the discerning customers who want a mid-engined V8 supercar. Pricing for the Ferrari 458 Spider is of course, unannounced, but one thing’s for sure, I surely cannot afford to buy one.