2001 Ferrari 360 Spider

The 360 was designed with a Spider variant in mind; since removing the roof of a coupe reduces the torsional rigidity, the 360 was built for strength in other areas. Ferrari designers strengthened the sills, stiffened the front of the floorpan and redesigned the windscreen frame. The rear bulkhead had to be stiffened to cut out engine noise from the cabin. The convertible’s necessary dynamic rigidity is provided by additional side reinforcements and a cross brace in front of the engine. Passenger safety is ensured by a strengthened windscreen frame and roll bars.

The 360 Spider displays a curvilinear waistline. The fairings imply the start of a roof, and stable roll bars are embedded in these elevations. Due to use of light aluminum construction throughout, the Spider weighs in only 60 kg (130 lb) heavier than the coupé.

As with the Modena version, its 3.6 liter V8 with 400 bhp (300 kW) is on display under a glass hood. The engine — confined in space by the convertible’s top’s storage area — acquires additional air supply through especially large side grills. The intake manifolds were moved toward the center of the engine between the air supply conduits in the Spider engine compartment, as opposed to lying apart as with the Modena. In terms of performance, the 0-60 mph time was slightly slower at 4.4 seconds due to the slight weight increase, and the top speed was reduced from 189 to 180 mph (304 to 290 km/h).

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Specs & Performance

submitted byRichard Owen
price $ $164 000 USD
positionMid Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC 5 Valves / Cyl
displacement3586 cc / 218.8 in³
bore85 mm / 3.35 in
stroke79 mm / 3.11 in
power275/40 ZR 18 kw / 400 bhp @ 8500 rpm
specific output111.54 bhp per litre
bhp/weight275.86 bhp per tonne
torque373 nm / 275.1 ft lbs @ 4750 rpm
driven wheelsMid Engine / RWD
front tires215/45 ZR 18
rear tires275/40 ZR 18
front brakesVented Discs
f brake sizex 330 mm / x 13.0 in
rear brakesVented Discs
r brake sizex 330 mm / x 13.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Variable Power Assist
curb weight1450 kg / 3197 lbs
wheelbase2600 mm / 102.4 in
front track1669 mm / 65.7 in
rear track1617 mm / 63.7 in
length4477 mm / 176.3 in
width1922 mm / 75.7 in
height1235 mm / 48.6 in
transmission6-Speed Manual with Optional F1 Paddle Control
gear ratios3.29:1, 2.16:1, 1.27:1, 1.03:1, 0.85:1, :1
final drive4.44:1
top speed~290 kph / 180.2 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.5 seconds
0 – 100 mph~10.6 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~12.9 seconds
drag0.94 Cd