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 by Richard Owen
price $  $164 000 USD
engine V8
position Mid Longitudinal
valvetrain DOHC 5 Valves / Cyl
displacement 3586 cc / 218.8 in³
bore 85 mm / 3.35 in
stroke 79 mm / 3.11 in
compression 11.0:1
power 275/40 ZR 18 kw / 400 bhp @ 8500 rpm
specific output 111.54 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 275.86 bhp per tonne
torque 373 nm / 275.1 ft lbs @ 4750 rpm
redline 8500
driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
front tires 215/45 ZR 18
rear tires 275/40 ZR 18
front brakes Vented Discs
f brake size x 330 mm / x 13.0 in
rear brakes Vented Discs
r brake size x 330 mm / x 13.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Variable Power Assist
curb weight 1450 kg / 3197 lbs
wheelbase 2600 mm / 102.4 in
front track 1669 mm / 65.7 in
rear track 1617 mm / 63.7 in
length 4477 mm / 176.3 in
width 1922 mm / 75.7 in
height 1235 mm / 48.6 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual with Optional F1 Paddle Control
gear ratios 3.29:1, 2.16:1, 1.27:1, 1.03:1, 0.85:1, :1
final drive 4.44:1
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
drag 0.94 Cd