Motorstrada Inc., the official Ferrari and Maserati distributor in the Philippines officially launches two new supercars in the country, the Ferrari F8 Spider and 812 GTS. While these two are basically the convertible versions of the flagship 812 Superfast and the F8 Tributo mid-engine supercar, there are a few changes that make them a bit distinct compared to their coupe counterparts.
Starting with the F8 Spider, the exterior and interior design remains largely the same as the F8 Tributo. The main difference is the metal folding roof, which deploys or retracts in just 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45 kph. Because it’s basically a convertible version of the F8 Tributo, the same aerodynamic benefits of the coupe carry over to the convertible version. The 2021 F8 Spider is 10 percent more aerodynamically efficient than the 488 Spider it replaces.
Under the rear hood of the F8 Spider is the same twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 as the F8 Tributo, which means it produces 710 hp and 770 Nm of torque. Power is of course sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Zero to 100 kph is achieved in just 2.9 seconds, while 200 kph is achieved in just 8.2 seconds. Top speed is at 340 kph, which is the same as the coupe version.
As for the 812 GTS, it’s basically the convertible version of the 812 Superfast. It does hold the record though of being the most powerful convertible currently in production today. What makes it powerful you ask? Well, it uses the same 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 as the 812 Superfast. This means it produces the same 789 hp and 718 Nm of torque as the coupe version. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Zero to 100 kph is achieved in 2.9 seconds while hitting 200 kph from a stop happens in just 8.3 seconds. Top speed is at 340 kph.
The Ferrari 812 GTS also happens to be the first series-production front-engined V12 open-top car that Ferrari has produced in 50 years. Though in between those years, rare one-offs have been created such as the 550 Barchetta, 599 SA Aperta, and F60 America.
The exterior design of the 812 GTS features a slightly different rear-end compared to the coupe. This is due to the addition of those buttresses and the redesigned trunk area where a roof would normally be. There’s also a rear windscreen that acts as a wind buffer, which can be deployed or lowered depending on the driver’s preference. As for the roof itself, it’s a folding metal design that deploys or retracts in just 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45 kph. To reduce further wind buffetting, Ferrari has added L-shaped flaps on the upper corners of the front windshield.
If you’ve got a huge pile of cash lying around the house, then you’d be happy to know that Ferrari F8 Spider and 812 GTS are now on sale at the country’s sole Ferrari dealership located in Bonifacio Global City.