Ferrari 488 Pista Spider: the 50th-ever convertible Fezzer

Published: 28 August 2018

► Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
► 710bhp, unlimited headroom
► Maranello’s 50th drop-top

Ferrari’s latest convertible has arrived: the 488 Pista Spider. The new open-air thrill machine was revealed at the 2018 Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach.

Maranello says its North American customers have a real love for drop-tops, hence the reasoning behind its fancy Californian debut.

The most powerful V8 the brand has ever produced sits mid-mounted, complete with two turbos, 710bhp and 568lb ft ready to exploit. That’s good for a 0-62mph sprint in 2.85sec – the same claimed time as the coupe – and a top speed of 211mph.

The Pista Spider has bespoke 20-inch forged alloys ‘with a novel 10-spoke star effect interpretation of Ferrari’s traditional mid-rear engine Berlinetta-style rims.’ Carbonfibre wheels are available as an option and are 20% lighter than the forged alloys.

488 Pista Spider interior

Inside, there’s plenty of lightweight race-spec materials like Alcantara and carbonfibre, while the carpets have been replaced by aluminium tread plates and the door pulls are just straps.

Otherwise it’s standard Pista fare: the near-telepathic Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer allows for huge slides when the car thinks you’re actively seeking them, while gently curbing them if it detects a panicky steering correction.

No price is given, but that complicated roof mechanism will mean a higher price tag than that of the £260,000 488 Pista coupe.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches