Ferrari 458 Italia Spider: The Very First Mid-Rear Engine V8 With a Retractable Hard Top

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider: The Very First Mid-Rear Engine V8 With a Retractable Hard Top

The Ferrari 458 Italia Spider made its debut online in August and will be officially released at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany.

In line with Maranello spider tradition, the new Ferrari has been calibrated to guarantee superior sportiness and absolute driving pleasure either with the top up or down. The engine soundtrack has been also improved to ensure that occupants are completely captivated   cialis generico acquisto     by the top down driving experience. The 458 Spider accelerator pedal mapping and damping on its multilink suspension, for instance, have been calibrated to pursue maximum sportiness and driving pleasure.

The 458 Spider boasts excellent fuel efficiency with low CO2 emissions, 275 g/km. A result made possible thanks to a series of revolutionary engineering solutions incorporated into the HELE (High Emotions, Low Emissions) system, such as:

– Stop & Start, which reduces consumption by 10% on the urban cycle
– Pulse Width Modulation controlled brushless fan and low-pressure fuel pump, which reduce consumption by approximately 6%
– Electronic variable displacement A/C compressor

The 458 Italia Spider’s performance are guaranteed by Ferrari’s class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission, the refined E-Diff combined with the F1-Trac traction control and high-performance ABS for maximum handling dynamics.

Entirely in aluminum, the 458 Italia Spider hard-top implies several advantages over the traditional folding soft-top, such as a 25kg weight reduction and a deployment time of just 14 seconds. Fully integrated into the styling of the car, the hard-top fits ahead of the engine bay without compromising aerodynamics or the performance of the car. The reduced space needed to house the roof enables the car to offer an exceptional internal storage space: the new 458 Italia spider features in fact a rear bench that can hold a bespoke set of luggage or a golf carry bag.

458 Italia Spider Specs
Dimensions
Length 178.2 in
Width 76.3 in
Height 47.7 in
Wheelbase 104.3 in
Dry Weight 3,153 lbs*
weight/Power Ratio 7.42 lbs/kW
Weight Distribution 42% Front / 58% Rear

* With forged wheels and Racing seats
Engine
Type V8 – 90°
Displacement 4499 cc (274.5 cu in.)
Max Power 570 HP (425 kW)** @ 9,000 rpm
Max Torque 540 Nm (398 lbs/ft) @ 6,000 rpm
Specific Power Output 127 CV/l
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
** Including 5 HP of ram effect

Tires
Front 235/35 ZR20 8.5″

 

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