The Ferrari 360 Spider

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Ferrari 360 Spider – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 360 Spider

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Ferrari 360 Spider – Key Details

Ferrari 360 SpiderDetail
Launched: 2000
Engine: V8 – Mid Rear Engine
Power: 294 kW (400 hp) at 8500 rpm
Torque: 373 Nm (38 kgm) at 4750 rpm
Top Speed: Over 180 mph
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): 4.6 secs
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: TBC
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 360 Spider

FERRARI 360 SPIDER – ANOTHER TEMPTING CONVERTIBLE PROPOSITION

Ferrari’s 360 Spider, released in 2000, ushered in the modern era where opting for the convertible version of hard-top models means making almost no compromises. Modern technological advancements in lightweight materials and wind-tunnel testing allowed Ferrari engineers to preserve nearly every aspect of the Modena’s performance and comfort. Of course, the Spider variant also means unfiltered access to the glorious soundtrack provided by the flat-plane V8.

That 3.6-litre V8 engine is the same powerplant used in the Modena, of course; a red-headed beauty which Ferrari proudly displays under a glass panel behind the driver. The horsepower rating sat at a nice even 400, while torque was rated at 275 lb-ft. Buyers were given the choice of a traditional 6-speed manual or an “F1” automated manual which provided the choice of shifting via steering-wheel mounted paddles or allowing the car to do all the work.

All of those specs are identical to the 360 Modena. In fact, really the only difference between the two cars is the obvious one: a 20-second electronically-folding convertible roof. And it really is a thing of wonder, that roof. Watching it fold up and stow away in its tiny little compartment behind the cabin is akin to watching a skilled ballerina perform a complex dance routine. Along with the new top comes some roll bars behind the driver and passenger and some added bracing to keep the car every bit as stable and planted as the Modena. Engineers managed to keep the Spider’s weight gain to a minimum, (60 kilos) thanks to plenty of lightweight materials. That means this drop-top is able to achieve nearly identical performance measures as the coupe. The sprint to 62 is only a tick behind its hard-topped sibling, at 4.6 seconds.

In addition to offering nearly all of the performance and stability of the 360 Modena, Ferrari also managed to keep the cabin area remarkably calm and wind-free, even at speed. This spectacular achievement means occupants can carry on a conversation and stay warm and comfortable, even if the weather isn’t convertible-perfect. By retaining all of the good bits of the 360 Modena while removing the roof for unlimited access to the sun and that V8 symphony, Ferrari created something amazing with the 360 Spider. That it has also proven to be one of the more reliable Ferrari’s on the pre-owned market is just icing on the cake.

Ferrari 360 Spider – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: Carriage House Motor Cars

Ferrari 360 Spider – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/h4.6 s
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed180 mph / 290 km/h
Engine
TypeV8
Overall displacement3586 cm3
Max. power output*294 kW (400 hp) at 8500 rpm
Max. torque*373 Nm (38 kgm) at 4750 rpm
Dimensions & Weight
Length4477 mm
Width1922 mm
Height1235 mm
Dry weight**1350 kg
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

Ferrari 360 Spider – Registry & Videos

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