Ferrari 488 Spider

Hot on the heels of the 458-replacing Ferrari 488 GTB, the Italian manufacturer has revealed its most powerful convertible ever.

Powered by a turbocharged V8 engine, the Ferrari 488 Spider produces 660hp and will hit 62mph in 3.0 seconds flat – exactly the same as its coupe equivalent. And it’s good for 203mph.

Despite a trick folding hard-top that Ferrari claims is 25kg lighter than a conventional soft-top, the 488 Spider is 50kg heavier than the GTB – but 10kg lighter than its 458 predecessor.

Is it for posing?

Traditionally, serious drivers have preferred their Ferraris in coupe flavour for the extra structural rigidity. Ferrari says the 488 Spider’s spaceframe chassis is made of 11 different aluminium alloys along with materials such as magnesium, meaning it boasts identical torsional rigidity and beam stiffness figures as the coupe.

In simple terms, it should be as good to drive as the coupe – with chassis performance improved by 23% over the 458 Spider.

As well as the GTB-matching performance figures, the Spider is equally efficient. It’ll return a combined 24.8mpg and emit 260g/km CO2.

Ferrari 488 Spider

Can it do any tricks?

Like the 488 GTB, the Spider will feature Ferrari’s trick SSC2 side slip angle control system. The manufacturer says this results in 12% faster acceleration out of corners than the 458 Spider.

This works by controlling the electromagnetically-controlled dampers through the 488’s traction control system. Essentially, torque can be transferred between the rear wheels to create more grip out of bends. And, if the driver so wishes, it’ll let them play at going sideways.

When will we see it?

Ferrari has released these first official pictures of the new Ferrari 488 Spider today in new ‘Blu Corsa’ paintwork. We’ll see it for the metal for the first time in September at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but expect it to cost a premium of around £20,000 over the GTB coupe – making it around £200,000.

UK deliveries will start in spring 2016.