Frankfurt 2011: Ferrari unleashes 458 Spider

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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Frankfurt 2011: Ferrari shows off 458 Spider

Ferrari has finally debuted the 458 Spider, which is based on the 458 Italia mid-engined sports car but comes with a fully-retractable aluminum hard-top, a world first for a sports car with this layout.

According to Ferrari, the 4548 Spider's innovative new hard-top is not only 25kg lighter than the traditional folding soft-top used in its predecessor, the F430 Spider; it's also quieter and more thermally efficient when raised. Besides taking only 14 seconds to open or close, the hard-top was engineered to occupy a very small space when stored, allowing Ferrari engineers and designers to include a generous rear bench for luggage behind the two seats.

With the hard-top stowed away, the rear windscreen serves as an effective, electrically adjustable wind-stop that reduces buffeting in the cockpit.

Powering the 458 Spider is the same 4.5-liter V8 engine used by the 458 Italia. Coupled with Ferrari's class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission, the 458 Spider can run from zero to 100kph in 3.4 seconds before it reaches its top speed of 320kph.

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Despite these impressive performance numbers, the 458 Spider also boasts of class-leading fuel consumption and emissions levels with a combined urban cycle of 8.474km/L and carbon dioxide emissions of 275g/km.

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