Ferrari 488 Spider

Ferrari 488 Spider

The Ferrari 488 Spider

Performance and effortless driving for maximum drop-top fun

Maranello, 28 July 2015 – Ferrari announces the launch of the 488 Spider, its most powerful ever mid-rear-engined V8 car to feature the patented retractable hard top along with the highest level of technological innovation and with cutting-edge design.

Ferrari was the first manufacturer to introduce the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) on a car of this particular architecture. This solution ensures lower weight (-25 kg) and better cockpit comfort compared to the classic fabric soft-top. Just like all previous spider versions of Ferrari's models, this is a car that is aimed squarely at clients seeking open-air motoring pleasure in a high-performance sports car with an unmistakable Ferrari engine sound.

Every area of the car has been designed to set new technological benchmarks for the sector: from the aluminium spaceframe chassis and bodyshell to the new turbo-charged V8, aerodynamics that reconcile the need for greater down force with reduced drag along with the specific cabin air flow demands of an open top car, and vehicle dynamics that render it fast, agile and instantly responsive.

Ferrari 488 Spider

The heart of the 488 Spider

Beneath the engine cover throbs the 3902 cc turbo-charged V8 that debuted just a few months ago on the 488 GTB. Its performance levels are nothing short

of extraordinary: a maximum power output of 670 CV combined with maximum torque of 760 Nm at 3000 rpm send the 488 Spider sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds flat and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.7 seconds. This is also an exceptionally efficient engine as it is not only 100 CV more powerful than the previous naturally-aspirated V8 but also has lower CO2 emissions.

Sculpted by the wind

This is also the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever built, thanks to a series of complex aero solutions designed to guarantee optimal down force whilst reducing drag, two normally mutually-exclusive objectives. Maranello's engineers managed to achieve both goals simultaneously by introducing several innovative devices, including a blown spoiler and an aerodynamic under body incorporating vortex generators.

The air flow studies also took into account factors relating to in-car comfort. The electric glass rear wind stop can be adjusted to one of three positions to guarantee maximum comfort when the top is lowered. Fully lowering the wind stop allows the occupants to enjoy the engine soundtrack even with the roof raised regardless of the weather or driving conditions.

Form and function sculpted in aluminium

Designed around the concept of the retractable hard top, the 488 Spider has a space frame chassis made of 11 different aluminium alloys combined with other noble metals, such as magnesium, each one used in a highly specific way. This yields the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness figures as the coupé, improving the chassis' performance by 23% over that of its predecessor. An extraordinary result, given that the roof is structural, that is only possible thanks to the expertise of the Scaglietti centre of excellence that engineers Ferrari's aluminium chassis and bodies.

The RHT folds backwards in two overlapping sections to rest flush on the engine in a very compact solution. The mechanism is exceptionally smooth and takes just 14 seconds for the top to fully retract or deploy.



  • Type 90° V8, turbo-charged, dry sump
  • Total displacement 3902 cc (238.1 cu. in)
  • Bore and stroke 86.5 x 83 mm (3.4 x 3.3 in)
  • Maximum power * 492 kW (670 cv) at 8000 rpm
  • Maximum torque * 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear
  • Specific output 172 cv/l (2.07 kW/cu. in)
  • Compression ratio 9.4:1

* with 98 octane fuel


  • Front 245/35 ZR20 J9.0
  • Rear 305/30 ZR 20 J11.0


  • Maximum speed > 325 km/h (203 mph)
  • 0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) 3.0 s
  • 0 – 200 km/h (0 – 124 mph) 8.7 s
  • 0 – 400 m (0 – 437 yd) 10.55 s
  • 0 – 1000 m (0 – 1093 yd) 18.9 s
  • Dry weight/power ratio 2.12 kg/cv (6.35 lb/kW)

Dimensions & Weight

  • Length 4568 mm (179.8 in)
  • Width 1952 mm (76.9 in)
  • Height 1211 mm (47.7 in)
  • Wheelbase 2650 mm (104.3 in)
  • Front track 1679 mm (66.1 in)
  • Rear track 1647 mm (64.8 in)
  • Kerb weight** 1525 kg (3362 lb)
  • Dry weight** 1420 kg (3131 lb)
  • Weight distribution 41.5% front – 58.5% rear
  • Boot capacity 230 l (8.12 cu. ft)
  • Fuel tank capacity 78 l (22.7 US gallons)

** With optional equipment

Fuel Consumption & Emissions

  • 11.4 l/100 km ***
  • 260 g/km ***

    *** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)


      • Dual-clutch, 7-speed F1


          • E-Diff3, F1-Trac, High-Performance ABS with Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS SCM-E, SSC