2016 Ferrari 488 Spider

by Mike Hunter

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150397_Ferrari488Spider_interni_2945The quintessential sports car is the Ferrari, and this model is the one everyone is talking about. Pricy, fast, highest quality and style to rival none is what is heard about this intensely tech’ed-out vehicle. With a 3902cc turbo-charged V8 engine with 661 horsepower and more than 560 lb.-ft. of torque, this rocket is impressive by all measures. Clocked at 0–62 mph in just 3.0 seconds, the 488 Spider hits the streets with little chance of being seen.

The entire car was developed, according to Ferrari, around the retractable hard top and has set countless technological benchmarks. Its roar and precision engineering give way to power and grit like no other Ferrari of this type. The Variable Torque management system allows for progressive torque delivery heightening performance and making for smooth transition of higher gears, resulting in impressive speed and snapshot-like movement. The behavior of this exceptional model is elevated through multiple electronic systems, which now includes Ferrari’s Side Slip Control 2(SSC2) to manage slip angle control — resulting in response times that are 9-percent more rapid than previous editions of the Spider.

With a top that retracts and deploys in just 14 seconds, the conversion to open air is as easy as driving this beast. More comfortable than previous model-years, the hard top seals to eliminate sound, and, when stored away, allows for smart wind dynamics and minimal in-cabin disruption — even at high speeds. A small electronic window works independently of the top and holds three positions to ensure wind blockage, sound muffling, or the “open road” experience that allows sounds of the exhaust system to be heard. The styling is what one would expect of Ferrari — crouched and set for speed. This new model is more dramatic in its styling and the contemporary curves give it more detail.

2016 Ferrari 488 Spider
Combined MPG: 24.8
0–60: 3.0 sec
MSRP: $255,000

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