Hold your headless horses – it’s the new Ferrari 488 Spider

Ferrari has announced the 488 Spider, the hard-top convertible version of the 488 GTB coupé – and with 660bhp and 203mph capabilities, it’s the fastest and most powerful Ferrari convertible to date, eclipsing even the F50…

The new car uses a similar hard-top set-up to its predecessor, the 458 Spider, apparently saving 25kg in comparison to a fabric roof set-up. Thanks to the spaceframe chassis, it’s also said to have the same torsional rigidity as its 488 GTB sibling (and is supposedly 23% stiffer than its reclining-roof predecessor). What’s more, aerodynamic tweaks to the car – including a ‘bespoke’ rear engine cover flanked by two rear buttresses – mean the new car steals the F50’s long-held crown as not only the fastest and most powerful, but also the most slippery Ferrari convertible to date. Prices are to be revealed when the car is officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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