Ferrari surprised visitors to Sunday's Pebble Beach Concours décor with the disclosure of 488 Pista Spider. The car is the 50th convertible from Prancing Horse, and one of the most powerful on the market today.
It shares its mechanical package with the 488 Pista coup unveiled in March in Geneva's car show, meaning it is a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 behind the cabin pumped a full 710 horsepower and 568 pounds- foot with torque. It's up to 660 hp and 560 lb-ft as 488 Spider delivers, the car that 488 Pista Spider is based on.
The resulting performance of all stretches, Ferrari numbers should be believed is a 0-60 mph time of 2.85 seconds, a 0-124 mph time of 8.0 seconds, and a peak speed of 211 mph. (Pista is Italian for "track.") The drive is to the rear wheels via a seven-step double coupling.
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
The car's dry weight is 3.042 pounds, or about 221 pounds more than Pista Coupe due to the automated retractable handle. Note, the specified weight is with optional lightweight objects, one of which is a set of single carbon fiber wheels. The carbon wheels are said to be around 20 percent lighter than the standard forged allows, in this case a 20-inch design with a new 10-spoke design for the famous Ferrari star pattern. Additional weight has been reduced by eliminating items in the cabin, including the carpet on the floor.
With regard to the chassis, Ferrari has given the 488 Pista Spider features the company's Side-Slip Angle Control system, which controls multiple vehicle features, including traction and stability control, suspension damping and electronic differential. The latest version, 6.0, also contains a new feature called Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. This adjusts the brake caliper pressure on the limit to further improve the car's performance and make it more predictable.
Ferrari says uncovering 488 Pista Spider at Pebble Beach Concours was a natural choice given the love for high performance convertibles in the North American market dates back to the 1950s. For more coverage on the event and the rest of the Monterey Car Week, go to our dedicated hub.