Many people like to spec their Ferrari in the classic Ferrari rosso, but if you ask me, today’s drool car, a 488 Spider, looks much better in white, or bianco avus in Ferrari lingo. And if you still need that red in your life, just take a glance at the interior: rosso everywhere. This stunning colour combination suits the Spider well, with the red interior peeking through the open roof injecting a nice dose of adrenaline into the otherwise elegant palette. There really is no better aesthetic combination for the shapely mid-engined Ferrari. Aside from the smart colourway on this model, you are looking at one of the most dynamic cars on sale today.
Just as in the 488 GTB, the throbbing, mid-mounted 3.9 litre V8 uses two turbochargers to develop 661 bhp and 760 Nm of torque. This being a Spider, the sound the engine makes is just as important as the power it produces, and Ferrari took great care to create a proper noise out of this forced-induction engine. While it may not scream like a 458, the 488 nevertheless produces a brutal exhaust note that is a joy to listen to. Allowing drivers the best opportunity to enjoy that V8 symphony is a metal hardtop that folds flat in just 14 seconds. When up, the car is as quiet and serene as the GTB. Lower it, and the effect is somewhere between a Targa and a full-on convertible, while the car’s structure remains commendably stable. Impressively, the 488 Spider retains nearly all the performance of its coupe sibling: the 0 – 100 km/h time remains the same (3.0 seconds), while the Fiorano lap time has dropped by less than a second.
This stunning white 488 Spider can be found at Ferrari of Central New Jersey in the states. Here is what they say about it:
THE FERRARI 488 SPIDER IS THE LATEST CHAPTER IN MARANELLO’S ONGOING HISTORY OF OPEN-TOP V8 SPORTS CARS, A STORY THAT STARTED WITH THE TARGA-TOP VERSION OF THE 308 GTB – THE IMMORTAL 308 GTS – AND WHICH ULTIMATELY RESULTED IN THE FULL CONVERTIBLE SPIDER ARCHITECTURE.
With just 450 miles on the odometer, this Ferrari hasn’t even been broken in yet, but its very long list of features will set you back mightily. In fact, its $329,000 asking price is just 20 thousand American dollars less than an entry-level 488 Pista. But these two cars will attract a different clientele, and this Spider is spec’d perfectly for its likely duty as a chic riviera cruiser, don’t you agree?
The Ferrari 488 Spider Gallery
This car is available at: Ferrari of Central New Jersey.