2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder

A Ferrari 458 Italia in blazing red is indeed a sight to behold. Then again, it is beauty personified if the top is stripped off the red Italia. Confirmation had been received about Ferrari coming up with a Spyder version of what was their very successful model that had been designed by the great Luca di Montezemolo. Speculations therefore have started to work on what the car would look like in its final stage.

It is being held that the car would make use of the same folding hardtop design that is found on the Ferrari California. The hard top would in all probability be made up of aluminum panels along with a cast aluminum weight bearing structure. This would cater for reduced overall weight of the car. Just 14 seconds is all it would take for completing the entire opening / closing cycle.

For the powertrain it is expected that a 4,499 cc V8 engine would be fitted and matched to a F1 dual clutch gearbox. This would be capable of delivering 570 hp at 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. This is the same power rating as that on the coupe. Power output of the engine unit is 127 hp/liter and 120 Nm/liter with CO2 emission as low as 307 g/km. Likewise, fuel consumption is 13.3 liter per 100 km. The hardtop however would add to the weight of the Ferrari 458 and this may affect the overall performance of the car to some extent. Top speed of the car would therefore be below 201 mph and the acceleration just below 3.4 seconds for the 0 to 60 mph sprint.

Source: topspeed

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