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Ferrari 458 Italia Spider To Get Folding Hardtop?

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2011 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

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The Ferrari 458 Italia Spider is not yet reality, but it has been confirmed by Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo, and already it's the subject of speculation on fan forums. The topic of conversation? The possibility of a folding hardtop roof.

The Ferrari California was the first Prancing Horse to sport a folding hard top. A soft top was chosen for the F430 Spider and its high-performance Scuderia 16M variant to save weight and stow compactly in order to keep the engine visible at all times, top up or down. Adding a hardtop to the 458 Italia could frustrate those goals.

On the other hand, a folding hardtop adds a level of security and comfort a soft top can't deliver. A hardtop can also better preserve the lines of a car when it's up--no small consideration for an image-obsessed marque like Ferrari. It would also make sense of the images spied back in 2008 of a hardtop-equipped F430 Spider. In the past, a folding hardtop hasn't been a primary concern for its performance-focused models, instead favoring the space and weight savings of the soft top.

The California's decidedly more relaxed demeanor wears the hardtop well, however, and Ferrari could always skip the folding hardtop in favor of a soft top for a Scuderia version of the 458 Italia Spider.

As for us, we'd be fine with a hardtop, provided it stows away without significantly compromising space and without obscuring the gorgeous 4.5-liter, 570-horsepower V-8 in the middle. What do you think? Will Ferrari give the Italia Spider a hardtop? Or should it stick with the soft top? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. The added security of a hrad top has enticed BMW, and other such brands to employ it. Thus, with the preservation of the cars lined considered when the top is up a hard top makes sense. However, with it being a Ferreri it would not make much difference.
     
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  2. Should offer a soft top for purists, like what Chrysler did with the Sebring
     
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  3. Perhaps Ferrari have been eyeing the Mazda MX-5 Coupe for inspiration on how to do a hard top without compromising space or weight?
     
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  4. Welcome to 2010!
     
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  5. I'd really like it if the 458 Italia will sport a "usual" soft-top system for the Spider version, it just seems right that a hard going, suited up Ferrari Spider has a conventional soft-top! If the bosses in Maranello decides that the 458 Italia will be using a folding aluminium top, then they will kill-of the Spider name! Because a hardtop would (in my opinion) be called a CC (Coupé/Convertible) or just a C.
    I don't think it will be a "Coupé/Convertible", but less see!
     
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  6. I think that a hard top convertible would be awesome but I think ferrari should raise the horsepower levels so that the spyder has the same power to weight ratio as the coupe heck a little more would be great that way the spyder would be a better buy too!
     
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  7. A hard top looks so gorgeous.... and on that car it would kill gallardo spyder competition, at least for the customers who are looking for a better looking car... HARDTOP IS AWESOME.... more safe, better looking, nicer feel inside and out, and keeps the quintessential beauty of the ferrari in tact..... 8¬D HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE ALL THE WAY
     
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