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458 Spider Unveiled Online

So the wait is over, Ferrari have unveiled the 458 Spider online a couple of minutes ago.

Visit www.458spider.com for more info, sounds and press release.

Here is a video showing how the roof works :

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Thanks Mike. I suspect the pics and video don't do it justice.

I was initially disappointed with the Enzo until I saw it in person.

That's not to say this car disappoints me.

It just that it may look 10x better when viewed in person.
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They did it right

Would have liked to see a glass top like the 612 OTO / Sessenta but that could come further down the road and hopefully a production run of V12's.

Rumor is the 458 Scud will be called Evo - engineered with a little booster
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It never ceases to amaze me how manufacturers can get a windshield/pillar to stay rigid enough on a convertible/spider, especially one as steeply raked as this, and especially with all the twisting & flexing this car's chassis is going to see.

It would be interesting to see how "deep" into the main structure that windshield frame extends.

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It never ceases to amaze me how manufacturers can get a windshield/pillar to stay rigid enough on a convertible/spider, especially one as steeply raked as this, and especially with all the twisting & flexing this car's chassis is going to see.

It would be interesting to see how "deep" into the main structure that windshield frame extends.
Your right - I imagine in a corner or extreme driving there is movement.

I saw a gun video from glock - when the gun was fired it was crazy to see all the movement as the bullet exited the gun.

The engine cover is far better IMO than the glass.
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Really, you're not a fan of the glass engine window? For me that's always been a key feature of the 360, 430, and now 458. It reminds me a of a beautiful timepiece nestled in a jewel box. But I suppose it's a relatively small price to pay for an otherwise beautiful hard-top convertible.
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Really, you're not a fan of the glass engine window? For me that's always been a key feature of the 360, 430, and now 458. It reminds me a of a beautiful timepiece nestled in a jewel box. But I suppose it's a relatively small price to pay for an otherwise beautiful hard-top convertible.
It is beautiful

I have seen too many people stretch to see the bay and scratch their belts on the F car.
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It looks so much better in black!


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i am kind of interested to see how the engine cover function is? To me, the engine looks to be covered substantially by fixed body panels. I could be wrong but i wonder if this is going to be another "engine out" serviced vehicle?
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Some photoshop of other colours courtesy of member Carrar from TeamSpeed - Bianco Avus, Giallo, Blu Tour de France, Nero Daytona and Grigio Scuro.
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They did it right

Would have liked to see a glass top like the 612 OTO / Sessenta but that could come further down the road and hopefully a production run of V12's.
+1

A panoramic roof would be the proverbial icing on the cake.


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........that could come further down the road and hopefully a production run of V12's.
+2 !!!

Seems like the 599 has had a pretty long run already. Isn't it about time for the 458 to have a new big brother?

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Here is the press release:

The new Ferrari 458 Spider:
the world’s first mid-rear engined berlinetta
equipped with a retractable hard top debuts at the
Frankfurt Motor Show

Maranello, 23rd August 2011 – The new 458 Spider joins the 458 Italia, widening the range of Ferrari’s mid-rear engined V8s and offering the same uncompromising technological solutions, handling and performance in a refined open-top configuration. It is equipped with a Ferrari patented, fully retractable hard top, a world first for a sports car with this lay-out.
The 458 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 litre V8 which was nominated as the 2011 International Engine of the Year for its engineering excellence in terms of driveability, performance, economy and refinement. The power is transferred to the road by Ferrari’s class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission through the sophisticated E-Diff, itself integrated with the F1-Trac traction control and high-performance ABS for maximum handling dynamics.
Certain of the car’s features, such as its accelerator pedal mapping and the damping of the multilink suspension, have been calibrated to guarantee maximum sportiness and absolute driving pleasure with the top down, in line with Maranello’s exclusive spider tradition. Even the engine soundtrack has been honed to ensure that the car’s occupants are completely captivated by the drop-top driving experience.
Entirely in aluminium, the hard-top solution adopted for the 458 Spider offers a number of advantages over the traditional folding soft-top, including a reduction of 25 kg in weight and a deployment time of just 14 seconds. Fully integrated into the styling of the car, the hard-top was engineered to fit neatly ahead of the engine bay without compromising aerodynamics or the performance of the car. The small space needed to house the roof enables the designers to include a generous rear bench for luggage behind the seats.
The rear of the car is characterised by innovative forms with the buttresses designed to optimise the flow of air to the engine intakes and the clutch and gearbox oil radiators. For maximum comfort whilst driving top down the 458 Spider features a generously-sized adjustable electric wind stop. The design was perfected to slow and diffuse the air in the cockpit, enabling normal conversation to be held even at speeds over 200 km/h.
New technical solutions adopted for the chassis guarantee identical levels of structural rigidity with the roof up or down. The result is a car that is truly exciting to drive, blending extreme performance with the responsiveness that has always characterised Ferrari’s open-top berlinettas.
458 Spider technical specifications
Dimensions
Length 4527 mm (178.2 in.)
Width 1937 mm (76.3 in.)
Height 1211 mm (47.7 in.)
Wheelbase 2650 mm (104.3 in.)
Dry weight 1430 kg (3153 lbs)*
Weight/power ratio 2.51 kg/CV (7.42 lbs/kW)
Weight distribution fr/r 42%/58%
Engine
Type 90° V8
Displacement 4499 cc (274.5 cu in.)
Maximum power 570 CV (425 kW)** @ 9000 rpm
Maximum torque 540 Nm (398 lbs/ft) @ 6000 rpm
Specific power output 127 CV/l
Compression ratio 12.5:1
Tyres
Front 235/35 ZR20 8.5"
Rear 295/35 ZR20 10.5"
Performance
Maximum speed >320 km/h (>198 mph)
0-100 km/h <3.4 s
Fuel consumption + emissions
Fuel consumption*** 11.8 l/100 km
Emissions*** 275 g CO2/km
Gearbox
Dual-clutch, 7-speed F1
Electronics
E-Diff3, F1-Trac, high-performance ABS
* With forged wheels and Racing seats
** Including 5 CV of ram effect
*** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)
Photographs of the Ferrari 458 Spider can be downloaded from MediaCenter.
For further information:
Ferrari Press Office
tel. +39 0536 949337 - fax +39 0536 949049
e-mail: [email protected] - MediaCenter
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