The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider marks the Prancing Horse’s 50th Droptop

August 27, 2018

Ferrari has had a long line of convertibles and droptops throughout its seven-decade history. The distinguished list is now joined by the latest iteration of the 488 Pista, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider.

A close look at Ferrari’s 50th droptop reveals the same aerodynamic lines that made the 488 Pista and 488 Pista Piloti truly breathtaking to look at, not to mention slippery thru the wind tunnel. This time, however, the folks from Maranello chopped off the roof to allow open air motoring and a few other privileges.

One of the most notable privileges is to be able to hear the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8’s sonorous soundtrack as it produces its 720hp and 770Nm of torque. The most powerful motor from the Prancing Horse’s stable allows the 488 Pista Spider to blast from 0-100kph in 2.85 seconds and from 0-200kph in 8 ticks. Top speed is pegged at 340kph.

While the 10 Best Engines of the Year awardee for three straight years promises to do a beautiful job of powering the droptop to speed in a straight line and around the corners, one cannot deny the laws of physics, particularly weight. The complex disappearing roof does add a few pounds—91kg to be exact. To counter this, Ferrari removed the carpets and put in place patterned aluminum foot plates. The driver likewise gets a strap in place of the usual door handle. And carbon fiber wheels are an option that can further reduce weight by some 20 percent.

Despite the heavier mass, we’re quite sure many customers won’t be able to resist the allure of an open-top Ferrari—a 488 Pista at that. Not only will they be able to soak up the scenery in a Ferrari but they’ll likewise relish the sound of that V8 motor at full bore. Priceless.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.