A few months ago Ferrari released the successor for the 458 Italia, the 488 GTB, the first turbocharged mid-engined Ferrari ever since the original F40. Since then they also released a few weeks ago the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider which is the open-top version of the GTB. The car comes with a lot of features and upgrades over its predecessor, the 458 Spider, and on top of that it is nearly just as fast as the GTB which is no easy feat. Just as you would expect from a spider version, the car is very similar to the GTB with a few differences on the exterior as well as some inside the cabin which were not mentioned in the press release which is a bit odd for Ferrari.
2016 Ferrari 488 Spider Price
Ferrari will start deliveries of this model some time in the first half of 2016 but like with any other Ferrari, the waiting list is quite long because it was the car everyone was waiting for. The price has been rumored to be around $20,000 higher than that of the coupe which means it will start at around $265,000, more than $20,000 cheaper than its direct competitor, the McLaren 650S.
There are some drawbacks for having no fixed roof and the biggest of them all is the extra weight. The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider weighs around 110 pounds more than the GTB which is not as obvious as you may think. The performance is very close to the coupe and the only real differences are in tight bends where the Spider feels a bit loose, especially when the roof is down. Ferrari said that the 0 to 60 MPH time of the Spider is identical to that of the GTB at just 3 seconds but it does get it a bit longer to get to 124 MPH with a time of 8.7 seconds. The top speed has also been lowered by 2 miles at 203 MPH due to the different aerodynamic features of the car.
2016 Ferrari 488 Spider Engine
Under its rear deck, the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider has the same engine as the GTB which is a very impressive unit. The 3.9 liter twin-turbocharged V8 is not only capable of revving all the way up to 8,000 rpm with ease but it can also deliver up to 661 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to this engine and a revised 7 speed dual-clutch automatic, the 488 is usually faster around Fiorano than the Enzo which is very impressive for a super-car.
Exterior of the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider
Just as we said, the exterior of the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider is probably the biggest change over the GTB. The two cars are very similar when the roof is up on the Spider but there are small details which do tell which is which. The Spider does not have the usual glass engine cover but rather a carbon-fiber cover which opens up to house the aluminum roof. This can go up or down in just 14 seconds up to speeds of 25 MPH and Ferrari said that it is at least 50 pounds lighter than a soft-top which is quite impressive. The wheels on the Spider are also unique but these will likely be available on the GTB at a later date as well.
The interior of the two cars on the other hand is pretty much identical, both featuring the usual Ferrari multifunctional steering wheel and both having a carbon-fiber and leather upholstered interior. The difference comes with a really small feature which for now will only be available on the Spider. This is an extra screen which is available on the passenger’s side and it shows the engine’s RPM as well as the current speed and in which gear the car is, a neat feature to have for those looking to impress their friends.