Ferrari’s new Special Series model, the 488 Pista Spider, has been unveiled this past weekend at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.
The car, which is the 50th drop-top model from the Italian brand, matches the performance of the 488 Pista coupé even though it weighs a 100 kg more.
Powered by the same twin-turbo V8 as the hard-top variant, which happens to be the most powerful Ferrari V8 engine ever, the convertible is claimed to generate 710 bhp and 568 lb-ft of torque, all of which helps deliver a 0-62 mph time of 2.85 seconds as well as a top speed of 211 mph.
Externally, the Spider wears a central livery that runs the whole length of the car, expanding towards the rear where it finishes at the end of the rear wing next to the spoiler.
“This continual expansion of the stripe recalls the movement of the airflow and exalts the lines of the car,” claim Ferrari’s designers.
Other design details include new diamond-finish 20″ alloy wheels with a 10-spoke star-effect interpretation of Ferrari’s traditional mid-rear engine berlinetta-style rims (one-piece carbon-fibre wheels that offer a 20% weight reduction over the standard forged alloys are also available as an extra option).
On the inside, in an effort to save weight, the designers have opted for extra carbon-fibre and the carpets have been replaced by patterned aluminium foot plates. The driver’s-side door handle is now also just a simple strap.