The choice of a rigid hard top was essential to the character of the new Ferrari, guaranteeing a significant improvement in in-car comfort. The RHT was a world first for a mid-rear-engined car when introduced on the 458 Spider, providing superb drop-top driving pleasure.
3902 cc power unit is Ferrari's most powerful performance engine ever
made with zero turbo lag and a unique, seductive soundtrack. It delivers
670 cv at 8,000 rpm with a specific power output of 172 cv/l. The
maximum torque of 760 Nm in seventh gear and a throttle response time of
just 0.8 seconds at 2000 rpm in third gear. The 488 GTB sprints from
0-62 mph in 3 seconds flat and from 0-124 mph in 8.3 seconds with
cylinder heads and roller finger followers to reduce the power absorbed
by the valve train at 10 percent lower revs thanks to reduced friction.
The use of flat-plane crankshaft architecture guarantees maximum
compactness, lower mass and helps improve the engine's internal
With an aerodynamic efficiency figure of 1.53 the Ferrari 488 Spider sets a new record for a Ferrari production Spider.
The front of the car is dominated by the central Aero Pillar and an F1-inspired double spoiler. The Aero Pillar manages the air flows striking the front of the car and distributing them along both the longitudinal and transverse plane.
The innovative aerodynamic under-body incorporates vortex generators, special curved aerodynamic appendages which accelerate the air thereby reducing pressure. The result is that the under-body is "sucked" down to the ground and down-force is higher but drag is not. The front section of the under-body is flat, generating down-force and pushing the car lower to the ground whilst minimizing the impact on the flow arriving at the front strakes.
The large rear diffuser has curved fences, optimizing the expansion of the air channeled under the car. It features also variable flap geometry controlled by a CPU, integrated with other vehicle control systems.
The blown spoiler is a new Ferrari-patented solution: air enters the intake at the base of the rear screen and exits via the bumper. This geometry is boosting down-force while avoiding having to extend the height of the rear spoiler, thus keeping drag low.
The base bleed air intakes on the sides of the car are divided by a central flap: the flow over the upper part of the flap is used for the engine air intake and it exits from the tail area, further reducing drag.
The Ferrari 488 Spider has been designed by the Ferrari Design Center, featuring new styling honed around its aerodynamic requirements, reflecting drop-top driving pleasure, sportiness and performance. Proportions are typical of a Ferrari mid-rear-engine sports car: a short muscular front wing into which the bumper is wedged, lending the whole front of the car a sense of power and speed, drawing the eye to to flanks featuring new side air intakes for the intercooler. The motif of the crease line that forms the scallops on the door leading to the intakes is a nod to the 308 GTB.
At the front a characteristic single grille opening and the bonnet has a pronounced, raised central section with two side channels that channel air from the two vents in the bumper.
The engine cover features longitudinal ribs, generating a three-dimensional, dynamic effect.
The 488 Spider also debuts a new color, Blu Corsa, designed to enhance its sleek yet muscular forms.