2011 Ferrari 458 Spider
Maranello, 23rd August 2011 – The new 458 Spider joins the 458 Italia, widening the range of Ferrari’s mid-rear engined V8s and offering the same uncompromising technological solutions, handling and performance in a refined open-top configuration. It is equipped with a Ferrari patented, fully retractable hard top, a world first for a sports car with this lay-out.
The 458 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 litre V8 which was nominated as the 2011 International Engine of the Year for its engineering excellence in terms of driveability, performance, economy and refinement. The power is transferred to the road by Ferrari’s class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission through the sophisticated E-Diff, itself integrated with the F1-Trac traction control and high-performance ABS for maximum handling dynamics.
Certain of the car’s features, such as its accelerator pedal mapping and the damping of the multilink suspension, have been calibrated to guarantee maximum sportiness and absolute driving pleasure with the top down, in line with Maranello’s exclusive spider tradition. Even the engine soundtrack has been honed to ensure that the car’s occupants are completely captivated by the drop-top driving experience.
Entirely in aluminium, the hard-top solution adopted for the 458 Spider offers a number of advantages over the traditional folding soft-top, including a reduction of 25 kg in weight and a deployment time of just 14 seconds. Fully integrated into the styling of the car, the hard-top was engineered to fit neatly ahead of the engine bay without compromising aerodynamics or the performance of the car. The small space needed to house the roof enables the designers to include a generous rear bench for luggage behind the seats.
The rear of the car is characterised by innovative forms with the buttresses designed to optimise the flow of air to the engine intakes and the clutch and gearbox oil radiators. For maximum comfort whilst driving top down the 458 Spider features a generously-sized adjustable electric wind stop. The design was perfected to slow and diffuse the air in the cockpit, enabling normal conversation to be held even at speeds over 200 km/h.
New technical solutions adopted for the chassis guarantee identical levels of structural rigidity with the roof up or down. The result is a car that is truly exciting to drive, blending extreme performance with the responsiveness that has always characterised Ferrari’s open-top berlinettas.
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|type||Series Production Car|
|released at||2011 Frankfurt Motor Show|
|built at||Maranello, Italy|
|price $||$ 257,000|
|engine||F136-FB 90° V8|
|valvetrain||DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl|
|fuel feed||Direct Gasoline Injection|
|displacement||4499 cc / 274.55 in³|
|bore||94 mm / 3.7 in|
|stroke||81 mm / 3.2 in|
|power||425 kw / 569.9 bhp @ 9000 rpm|
|specific output||126.67 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||386.11 bhp per tonne|
|torque||540 nm / 398.3 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm|
|body / frame||Aluminum Body over Aluminum Chassis|
|driven wheels||RWD w/E-Diff3|
|wheel type||5-Spoke Forged|
|front tires||235/35ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport 2|
|rear tires||295/35ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport 2|
|front brakes||Ventilated & Drilled Carbon-Ceramic Discs w/ABS|
|rear brakes||Discs w/ABS|
|front wheels||F 50.8 x 21.6 cm / 20 x 8.5 in|
|rear wheels||R 50.8 x 26.7 cm / 20 x 10.5 in|
|steering||Rack & Pinion w/Variable Assist|
|f suspension||Double Wishbones, Coil Springs, Delphi Magnetorheological Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar|
|r suspension||Double Wishbones, Coil Springs, Delphi Magnetorheological Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar|
|curb weight||1476 kg / 3250 lbs|
|weight distro||42 % / 58 %|
|wheelbase||2650 mm / 104.3 in|
|length||4527 mm / 178.2 in|
|width||1937 mm / 76.3 in|
|height||1211 mm / 47.7 in|
|transmission||Getrag 7-Speed Sequential|
|top speed||~320 kph / 198.72 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~3.3 seconds|
|0 – 100 mph||~6.9 seconds|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~11.2 seconds|
|0 – 100 kph||~3.4 seconds|
|0 – 200 kph||~10.4 seconds|
|combined fuel econ eu||11.8 L/100 km or 19.93 mpg-us|
Story by Ferrari S.p.A.