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Ferrari 458 Spider at the IAA: athletes with a retractable hardtop

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That the youngest mid-engine athlete from the stable F errari will sooner or later get an open variant aside , was to be expected. However, it comes as a surprise that the Ferrari 458 Spider does without a fabric top, as its predecessors wore, and instead uses an aluminum hardtop.

The fixed roof consists of two elements lying one behind the other. At the push of a button, the boot lid is raised and the roof is swiveled 180 degrees to the rear over the engine compartment before the boot lid is lowered again. The hardtop should be around 25 kilograms lighter than a conventional fabric hood.

Retractable aluminum hardtop for the Ferrari 458 Spider

With the smart hood mechanism, there is also one behind the seats The conversion from coupé to convertible should take place in 14 seconds. The retractable rear window embedded between the humps and an exhaust system that has been newly tuned in terms of sound ensure further convertible pleasure. The design of the trunk lid is also new. Directly behind the seats, two humps encircle the roll bars underneath and fall down into the ventilation ducts of the engine compartment.

So that the Ferrari 458 Spider is just as torsion-resistant as the Coupé, the chassis has been reinforced at critical points.

Ferrari 458 Spider with unchanged 570 PS-V8

The drive technology of the Ferrari 458 Italia. The 570 hp and 540 Nm 4.5-liter V8 engine also works in the Ferrari 458 Spider. Shifting takes place via a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, and an electronically controlled differential ensures traction. In the best case, the 1,430 kilogram Ferrari 458 Spider sprints from zero to 100 km /h in under 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 320 km /h.

The consumption of the Ferrari 458 Spider is given by the Italians with 11.8 liters (CO2: 275 g /km). Prices for the open version have not yet been announced.


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