The Ferrari 488 spider conquers Frankfurt

Publication date: 
15 Sep 2015

Also on show with the new 8-cylinder are two Tailor Made California Ts

Frankfurt, 15 September – Today marks the official debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show of the 488 Spider, the latest chapter in Maranello’s ongoing history with open-top V8 sports cars. The new car’s 3902cc turbo-charged V8 unleashes a maximum of 670 CV and delivers smooth progressive torque up to a maximum of 760 Nm at 3,000 rpm, courtesy of the Variable Torque Management system. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 8.7. Even more significant is its razor-sharp throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds which essentially eliminates the turbo lag typical of this kind of engine.

The Scaglietti facility’s skills have produced a light, high performance spaceframe chassis with the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness figures as the coupé improving its performance by 23% over that of the 458 Spider. The RHT (Retractable Hard Top) has rendered traditional soft-tops obsolete as it is not only lighter (- 25 kg) but also provides better protection from noise and elements even when lowered. The RHT can now also be raised or lowered in 14 seconds even when the car is moving.

The hard-working Ferrari Design Centre has brought a sculptural beauty to the modifications made to meet the aerodynamic demands of the car. The 488 Spider also debuts a new colour created to enhance its forms: metallic Blu Corsa was designed to meld with the sky overhead with two-layer paintwork creating an unusual iridescent effect.

Frankfurt also provides the venue for another major announcement: the extension of Apple CarPlay to the entire Ferrari range. The FF was the first car in the world to adopt the innovative iPhone feature and was followed by the California T.

Sticking with the sporty theme, there are also two Tailor Made California Ts on the Ferrari stand at Frankfurt. The first is strikingly modern thanks to glossy Grigio Titanio bodywork, an Antracite top and black leather and Blu Microprestige technical fabric interior trim. The second California T clearly references the sporting heritage of the famous 1957 250 TR. It has Piano Black bodywork with sporty red and white detailing on the front wheel bumpers and a matte Grigio Ferro Met grille. The livery colours are mirrored in the cabin which mixes black leather with extensive Rosso Cremisi, exactly as per the classic track car.

Also at the German Show are a coupé version of the 488 in Bianco Italia with Blu Sterling interior, and, of course, the 12-cylinders in the range: the four-seater, four-wheel drive FF in an elegant Grigio Silverstone livery with Tortora cabin trim and the F12berlinetta in Rosso Corsa with a classic beige leather interior to underscore its roots in the purest Ferrari tradition.