Ferrari has debuted the new 488 Spider ahead of the model’s official unveiling later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. As expected, the 488 Spider offers much of the same equipment as its hardtop stable mate, however the drop top makes it the world’s most powerful mid-engine V8 car with a retractable folding roof.
The 488 Spider’s spaceframe chassis helps it retain the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness as the coupe, which has improved chassis performance by 23% when compared to the 458 Spider, Ferrari says. The roof itself folds backward in two overlapping sections, just like many other retractable hardtops, and takes 14 seconds to fully deploy.
Sitting beneath the roof when its folded back is the same 3.9-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine found in the coupe producing the same 661 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, hustling the 488 Spider from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds, .2 of a second slower than the coupe.
Pricing has yet to be announced, however interested parties should keep an eye out for the car’s debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where additional specs and information should become available.