Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Ferrari shows off its new 458 Spider

spider.jpg
spider2.jpg
spider3.jpg

Sports car designers aren’t known for their sensitivity to the everyday needs of the average driver. Put simply, you don’t buy a McLaren MP4-12C for the cup holders.

But not all piston-obsessed manufacturers are completely indifferent to our needs, as shown by the new Ferrari 458 Spider.

There are clever things happening beyond those sumptuous curves. Previewed ahead of an official unveiling at The Frankfurt Motor Show (starting 13 September), it has a powerful 4.5-litre V8 that cranks out 562bhp, can hit 62mph in 3.4sec and can reach speeds of 198mph.

However it’s the Spider’s retro hardtop roof that provides the most interest. It retracts in just 14 seconds and weighs less (25kg to be exact) than the average soft top. What’s more, it tucks away to leave space for 
a rear luggage bench.

There’s yet another sensible addition in an adjustable electric wind stop behind the seats that Ferrari promises lets you “hold a normal conversation at speeds of up to 124mph”.

It’s estimated to cost £200,000, but some would say that’s a small price to pay for a supercar that can handle an (admittedly small) shop run.

Related

car1.png

World’s fastest supercar

1957_Ferrari_250_TR_02_0.jpg

World's Most Expensive Car

Exige 270E TRI 1.jpg

The car that runs on wine, cheese and chocolate

Comments

More

Oh great, now Paul Nuttall's comparing himself to Gandhi

Mate, that's not how it works

by Tom Victor
26 Apr 2017

Jeremy Corbyn would be Prime Minister if only under-40s could vote

But they're 20 points behind overall

by Gary Ogden
26 Apr 2017

Wild boars have joined the war against ISIS

A herd of stampeding pigs reportedly kills three Islamic State militants

by Tom Mendelsohn
26 Apr 2017

United Airlines have now killed a giant rabbit

Could it get any worse?

by Dave Fawbert
26 Apr 2017

Watch S-Town's Tyler Goodson give his first TV interview

“Sometimes I regret ever speaking into that microphone"

by Matt Tate
25 Apr 2017

Wait, is Donald Trump about to start a war over milk?

Armed conflict has been started over less. Maybe

by Tom Victor
25 Apr 2017

This guy in a gorilla suit still hasn’t finished his London Marathon ‘

Just because something hasn't been done doesn't mean you have to do it

by Tom Victor
25 Apr 2017

Woolworths could be coming back to the high street

The perfect accompaniment to Brexit Britain

by Tom Mendelsohn
25 Apr 2017

We put a bunch of politicians through FaceApp

And the results are terrifying

by Tom Victor
25 Apr 2017

Tom Hardy 'switches to superhero mode'

He declared: "I caught the c***"

by Gary Ogden
25 Apr 2017