The Ferrari 458 Italia - Italian menace


If there’s anything better than a gorgeous Ferrari 458 Italia, it’s that same gorgeous Ferrari 458 Italia with its roof taken off.A few months age we received confirmation that Ferrari was planning on producing a Spider version of one of their highly successful new models back in 2009 from none other than Luca di Montezemolo himself and now the covers have finally been pulled off.

While most of the Ferrari’s appearance looks pretty much the same to that of the hard-top version of the 458, the biggest difference between the two is obvious: the Italia comes with a retractable roof.

The top is made from aluminum materials and was designed to ergonomically fit just in front of the rear engine without compromising both the car’s aerodynamic and the overall performance as well. With the roof mechanism being small, the 458 Italia Spider even has room to have a small storage space just behind the two seats of the supercar.

The front of the Italian icon remains untouched, but the rear end has been given a few tweaks to go well with the car’s new aerodynamic set-up, specifically in the optimization of air flow towards the cooling ducts, oil cooler, and gearbox. There is also  an adjustable wind deflector, which has been designed so that the wind does not interfere with the interior cabin of the prancing horse, making conversations between driver and passenger less of a struggle than it would have been. 

Additionally to the exterior engineering done to the 458 Italia Spider, Ferrari also adjusted the car's engine mapping and suspension, as well as tuning the engine sound to ensure optimal performance capabilities without compromising the ride experience of the car.
 


Assembly                 Maranello, Italy
Predecessor            Ferrari F430
Body style                 2-seat Berlinetta
Layout Rear             mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine                      4.5 L V8
Transmission          7-speed dual-clutch
Wheelbase               2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Length                       4,527 mm (178.2 in)
Width                         1,937 mm (76.3 in)
Height                        1,213 mm (47.8 in)
Curb weight               1,485 kg (3,274 lb)
Designer                    Pininfarina

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