Ferrari has revealed the drop-top version of its new V8-powered Tributo, the F8 Spider.
 
The car is described by the company as “less extreme than the 488 Pista Spider but sportier than the 488 Spider.”
 
Power comes from a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 530kW of power and 770Nm of torque, outputs which are identical to the F8 Tributo. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels.
 
The fresh air feeling comes with a 70kg weight penalty (1400kg dry weight), however, the Spider can sprint from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, again, matching the coupe. Accelerating from 0-200km/h takes 8.2 seconds, while the top speed is 340km/h.
 
To achieve the power increase over the 488 Spider, the new intake line is derived directly from the 488 Challenge. The air intakes have been moved from the flanks to the rear where they are located on either side of the blown spoiler and are directly connected to the intake plenums. This reduces losses and ensures greater air flow to the engine, thereby increasing the power.
 
The air flow also benefits from increased dynamic pressure created by the shape of the rear spoiler which is now larger and wraps around the tail-lights.
 
Rather than gradually limiting the revs towards the limit, it cuts off right at the 8000rpm red-line, maximising the amount of power available in power-on dynamic driving situations.
 
Ferrari has again opted for a retractable hard top, the brand says this is for the higher level of comfort it provides. The roof takes 14 seconds to open and close, which can be done at speeds of up to 45km/h.
 
On the inside, the cabin retains the driver-oriented look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined models with all controls mounted on the new generation steering wheel. The sports seats are also new and a 7.0-inch touchscreen passenger-side display is optional.
 
Australian pricing is yet to be confirmed, expect an announcement in the lead up to the F8 Spider’s local arrival in 2020.
 
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