To complement the Ferrari 458 Italia Berlinetta, first seen in 2009 and to replace the F430 Spider, Ferrari introduced the 458 Spider in 2011.
Mechanically identical to the 458 Italia the Spider can reach 62.2 mph from rest in the same 3.3 seconds.
However the extra aerodynamic drag from the drop top configuration means the 562hp motor can only push the Spider to 199 mph ….
… as against the 202 mph capability of the hard top 458 Italia.
The 458 Spider features an aluminium top, weighing just 25 kgs / 55 lbs, which can be retracted in just 14 seconds.
The aluminium retractable top is said to be lighter than the soft top of it’s predecessor the F430 Spider.
When launched Ferrari were hoping to build up to 2,000 458 Spiders, like the one seen here at Sherborne’s Classics at the Castle, a year.
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