Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M (2008) first official photos

Published: 09 November 2008

These are the first pictures of the new Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M, essentially a drop-top version of the sublime 430 Scuderia. Unveiled this past weekend at Ferrari’s World Finals end-of-season gig at Mugello, just 499 Scuderia Spider 16Ms will be built, each costing over £180,000.

What’s with the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M name?

Ferrari says its latest model has been built to celebrate the Prancing Horse’s 16th F1 Constructor’s title, hence the ‘16M’. But you can bet it would have just been Ferrari Scuderia Spider had McLaren won the Constructor’s title as well as the Driver’s title.

Surely this is sacrilege? The California was bad enough, but cutting the roof off your most hardcore model…

When you look at it like that we couldn’t agree more. The hard-top Scuderia is a stripped-out track-focussed sports car.

Then again, the Scuderia is still a usable every day so the addition of a convertible version just widens its appeal.

And for those of you not yet convinced, Ferrari says the Scuderai Spider 16M is the fastest open-top Prancing Horse road car to ever lap its Fiorano circuit. That means it’s quicker than the California.

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What’s the spec sheet like?

As with the 430 Scuderia there’s a 4.3-litre mid-mounted V8 producing 503bhp at a screaming 8500rpm, plus 347lb ft. With a dry weight of 1340kg – 80kg less than a F430 Spider – the 16m will reach 62mph in 3.7 seconds. That’s just one tenth behind it’s hard-top sibling. Top speed is 197mph.

As standard the Scuderia spec also means you get Ferrari’s E-diff, controlled via the manettino dial on the steering wheel. There’s also the F1 paddle-shift gearbox with shift lights on the steering wheel, race seats, lightweight front and rear bumpers and a carbonfibre shell for the roll bars.

Anything else to make me feel special?

The Scuderia Spider 16M comes with a Ferrari iPod touch that can slot into the dash, a plaque on the rear grille to celebrate the 16th title, while ‘the exclusivity of the interior is underscored by the silver “limited series” plaque just above the air vents at the centre of the dashboard’. Nice. New colours and that tricolour livery are also available.

Sacrilege or sublime? Click ‘Add your comment’ below and let us know what you think of the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M

By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy