Ferrari 488 Spider
F488 Spider in a few words
The 458 was already hugely fast. The manufacturer claimed the 488 Spider spring rates to be equal to those of the outgoing 458 Speciale. Waouw! The performance is outstanding and the drop top is a pleasure to drive increasing suppleness. It was already key to the 458 Spider’s success and it remains a defining aspect of its replacement. But the car is undeniably better. A delight to drive both fast and slow. It never stops enthralling you. Remove the roof and enjoy! The Spider has a way of keeping you utterly fixated with what’s going on underneath you. The chassis is superb. A steering rack that manages to be direct, light and communicative all at the same time, still virtually immune to understeer. Its ability to move through a huge, steadying phase of grip, and then be levered progressively out of it, is phenomenal.
Not an awful problem you might thing given the responsiveness of a unit practically immune to turbo lag, and one that announces itself with a baritone gurgle from 3000rpm. But there’s less of an incentive to work to engine into its final frenzy, and less high-pitched, last-gap crackle when you get there. Which isn’t an indictment of the speed – far from it. The 3.9-litre V8 produces all 670bhp from 6.000rpm to limiter before 8.000rpm , meaning its power never drops off when the revs fall between gear changes. The drop-top hits to 0 to 100 /km/h in 3 seconds. A deeply desirable supercar that also advances the sports car arms race