Ferrari 458 Spider Info
A Ferrari 458 Spider in full throttle is truly a remarkable sight. The feeling of driving one is a unique, intoxicating experience on another level entirely. With the same powerful performance and effortless driving of the most highly awarded Ferrari of all time, the 458 Italia, it is easy to see the elegance and appeal of the next generation 458 Spider.
Replacing the F430 Spider is no easy feat, however the sheer sophistication of the F458 is undeniable. With sleek, athletic lines from its delicate nose to the iconic badge on its horizontal rear, the Ferrari’s Pininfarina body looks ready for action. The 458 Spider sports the recognisable, circular tail lights and triple-exhaust rear diffuser of a 458 fixed-roof. Yet in just 14 seconds the retractable hardtop folds into the recessed rear panels, morphing into the spider.
The stunning, high-end look of the Ferrari 458 doesn’t stop with first impressions. The interior cabin is both functional and stunning, with an F1 inspired, leather bound steering wheel, bucket seats, carbon fibre dash and LEDs that come to life as the engine nears redline. A subtle infotainment system is split into two screens and an ergonomic design ensures the driver can easily reach controls – many fitted on the steering wheel itself, and concentrate on the road.
Enthusiasts don’t choose to ride in a Ferrari for its serenity. Drawing onlookers at idle, with 558 HP, the 458 Spider shrieks to its top speed of 320 km/h. Achieving 0-100 km in an impressive 3.4 seconds - just one tenth of a second behind the coupe, the Spider proves that the retractable roof doesn’t slow it down by much. The lighter aluminium body and seven-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission support its award-winning, 4.5L V8 engine. Both steering and suspension have improved dramatically since the F430. It is innovative engineering such as this that make Ferrari arguably one of the world’s best marques.
If you’re chasing warm days and balmy nights, the seclusion provided by a traditional Tuscan farmhouse on hectares of scented orange groves may be just the weekend you had in mind. The isolated terrain provides the perfect alfresco landscape to enjoy the acoustics of a Ferrari 458 spider shrieking around the bend. Top down, of course.