FERRARI 458 SPIDER
THE WORLD’S FIRST MID-REAR ENGINED BERLINETTA
Ferrari just presented its latest addition to the 458 Italia series at Frankfurt Motor Show, the first ever mid-rare engine sports car with Ferrari-patent retractable hardtop 458 Spider. 458 Spider is complete with naturally-aspirated, directed-injection 4.5 liter V8 which was nominated as the 2011 International Engine of the Year. 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, with 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 458 Spider features a generouslysized adjustable electric wind stop. The design was perfected to slow and diffuse the air in the cockpit, as well as reduces noise. New technical solutions adopted for the chassis guarantee identical levels of structural rigidity with the roof up or down. Characterised by the latest high technology, 458 Spider materialises the essence of Ferrari sports car and combines functionality with responsiveness. A true Italian passion.
Text: BEBOP | Translation: dilettante
Photo Courtesy: Italian Motors Hong Kong
ITALIAN MOTORS HONG KONG
Maximum Power: 570 CV/9,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 540 Nm/6,000 rpm
Top Speed: 320 km/h
Acceleration: <3.4 Second (0-100 km/h)