Published on May 19th, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Ferrari 458 Spider Arrives In Malaysia, If You Need To Ask The Price Then You Cant Afford It
The new Ferrari 458 Spider joins the Ferrari 458 Italia. This latest addition to the Ferrari family offers the same uncompromising technological solutions, handling and performance but in a refined open-top configuration. Equipped with a Ferrari patented, fully retractable aluminium hard top, the 458 Spider is the world’s first sports car with this lay-out. With 570bhp and 540Nm of torque this Spider will reach 100km/h from rest in under 3.4seconds and if there is enough open tarmac reach a top speed of 320km/h.
The 458 Spider’s innovative new hard-top is not only 25 kg lighter than a traditional folding soft-top, but is also quieter and thermally more efficient when raised. Aside from taking just 14 seconds to open or close, the hard-top was engineered to occupy a very small space when stored so that the designers were able to include a generous rear bench for luggage behind the two seats. Fully integrated into the styling of the car, the hard-top was designed to fit neatly ahead of the engine bay without compromising aerodynamics or the performance of the car.
The 458 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s 570 CV 4,499 cc V8, which was named International Engine of the Year 2011 for its engineering excellence in terms of driveability, performance, economy and refinement. This is coupled with Ferrari’s class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission.
The rear windscreen was designed to double as an effective wind-stop to optimise the flow of air to the engine intakes and the clutch and gear-box oil radiators. The 458 Spider features a generously-sized adjustable electric wind stop which opens to a height that guarantees efficient aerodynamics, reducing buffeting in the cockpit and enabling normal conversation to be held even at speeds over 200 km/h.
The all-aluminium chassis incorporates new alloys and castings, also adopted on the coupé, which ensure the 458 Spider already conforms to 2020 safety legislation. New technical solutions adopted for the chassis guarantee identical levels of structural rigidity with the roof up or down. The result is a car that is truly exciting to drive, blending extreme performance with the responsiveness that has always characterised Ferrari’s open-top berlinettas.
Its category-topping performance aside, the new car also boasts class-leading fuel consumption and emissions levels. Thanks to the HELE (High Emotion Low Emission) system, in fact, fuel consumption on the combined urban cycle stands at 11.8 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 275 g/km.