At this year’s Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach, California, Ferrari has unveiled the Spider version of the 488 Pista.
The 488 Pista Spider is the 50th drop-top model from the Prancing Horse and according to Ferrari, a premiere in the US was a natural choice given that, ever since the 1950s, North American clients have always been keen connoisseurs of high-performance convertibles.
Just like the coupe, the spider too gets a characteristic central livery which runs the whole length of the car, expanding towards the rear where it finishes at the end of the rear wing, next to the spoiler. It alludes to the movement of the airflow.
Interiors have generous usage of carbon fibre and Alcantara throughout. The carpets have been replaced by patterned aluminum footplates and the driver-side door handle is now a simple strap.
The car features new diamond-finish 20-inch alloy wheels with a 10-spoke star-effect interpretation of Ferrari’s traditional mid-rear engine Berlinetta-style rims. Also available are the optional one-piece carbon fibre wheels which offer a 20% weight reduction over the standard forged alloys.
The 3.9L V8 develops the same 720 hp, and Ferrari says that the unique engine sound is now even more riveting thanks to the open-top configuration. Dry weight with options is 1,380 kg (1,485 kg kerb). The spider has a power-to-weight ratio of 1.92 kg/hp.