2017 Ferrari 488 Spider
There are a couple of big issues when it comes to turning a supercar coupe into a convertible. The first is the need to maintain the critical structural rigidity of the finished product. Removing metal is not usually a great way to do this, so the transformation to a drop-top needs precise engineering if it’s to work properly. The second crucial element, and it affects mid-engined cars most like the Ferrari 488, is that the overall proportions still work aesthetically. Fortunately, Ferrari successfully managed both these concerns when it came time to create the Spider version of its 488 coupe.
As well as starting with an incredibly rigid bodyshell to begin with, Ferrari added the necessary strength to the roofless version and then engineered a folding metal roof which, when closed, gives the car every bit of the coupe’s comfort, safety and torsional strength. But even in roof-open mode, the 488 Spider is almost impossibly rigid, yet it weighs just 50 kg more than the coupe version. The proportions, meanwhile, speak for themselves and there’s absolutely no doubt that the 488 Spider is one of the best looking cars ever made.
The particular example is heavily optioned and includes Cavallinos stitched into the seat headrests, contrasting stitching through the cabin, carbon-fibre interior highlights (including the central bridge) and even coloured seat-belts. The original purchaser also specified parking sensors front and rear as well as a reversing camera and extensive carbon-fibre touches including the rear air-ducts. Specific Pirelli tyres are also fitted and this car features a front end lifting system to make it compatible with modern urban life.
Features include: Yellow brake callipers, carbon-fibre rear air-ducts, carbon-fibre fog lamp surrounds, carbon-fibre driver-zone and LEDs, carbon-fibre central bridge, coloured seat-belts (Rosso), front-end lifting system, Cavallinos stitched into headrest (Rosso), parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, contrast stitching (Rosso), Pirelli tyres.