Ferrari unveils 488 Pista Spider as its most powerful V8 convertible ever

After introducing the incredible track-focused 488 Pista coupe in February earlier this year, Ferrari followed it up with its chopped-roof version which was officially unveiled at Pebble Beach. The new drop-top version of Ferrari 488 Pista is the 50th convertible in the carmaker’s history, and Ferrari chose to wrap the car in a very America-appropriate color scheme of white with blue stripes, in part to acknowledge its debut on American soil. Since ‘50s, North America has been the biggest market for high-performance convertibles. The Maranello-based automaker said that the 488 Pista Spider, like its hardtop sibling, has been created with knowledge gained from the 488 Challenge and 488 GTE race cars. Not so surprisingly, it is the most powerful Ferrari convertible with a V8 in it.

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The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider shares the same 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 with the coupe variant, but it has been tuned to put out 711 hp and 568 lbft of torque. In terms of performance, the Spider’s 0-62 mph sprint time of 2.85 seconds is the same as that of the coupe, while it takes 0.4 seconds more in the run from a standstill to 124 mph which is completed in 8 seconds. The Spider also mirrors the 211 mph top speed of the coupe. The 488 Pista Spider also has a relatively light curb weight of 3,042 pounds, which has been achieved by the extensive use of carbon fiber and other light weight materials in the construction. The cabin is wrapped in Alcantara and carbon fiber, while the floor mats have been replaced with aluminum plates. You also get thin leather straps instead of door handles. Pricing is yet to be revealed, although it’s sure to cost more than the 488 Pista coupe.

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