2010 Ferrari 458 Italia
2011 Ferrari 458 Italia SpiderEnlarge Photo
The stunning new 2010 458 Italia supercar, Ferrari's replacement for the outgoing F430, was just revealed to the world a few months ago, but already Ferrari is thought to be working on an open-top version of its latest supercar, previewed here in this latest computer generated rendering. Today reports from Italy are claiming the Spider is now more than mere speculation.
Likely to be called the 458 Italia Spider, according to the reports Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed the Spider's development, though it won't be built until about two years after the hard-top's delivery begins in January, which pegs its release for sometime in early 2012.
While Ferrari has a adopted a folding hard-top roof for its most recent convertible model, the California, the 458 Italia Spider is likely to retain the lightweight soft-top roof seen on the F430 Spider and high-performance Scuderia 16M.
Apart from the roof and some chassis reinforcements, the 458 Italia Spider should be identical to its hard-top sibling, which means power will come from a 4.5-liter V-8 engine rated at 570 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque and sending torque to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Dimensions should remain at 4,527 mm in length, 1,937 mm in width, and 1,213 mm in height, though weight will almost certainly be higher than the hard-top's 1,380 kg measurement.