2016 Ferrari 488 Spider: 5 details that make it go faster, look sexier

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The 2016 Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] 488 GTB is arriving just in time to one-up rivals like the McLaren 650S and Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4.

Part of what makes the 488 GTB such a standout new product for Ferrari is that it packs a completely new 3.9-liter turbocharged V-8, making 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque.

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But the other part of it is beauty—a more technical, detail-oriented kind of beauty than that of its predecessor, the 458.

And with the 488 Spider that was first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this fall, Ferrari’s mid-engine model took a step away from the curvaceousness of the 458 and became just a little sharper and more deeply sculpted—while managing some downright voluptuous proportions.

We didn’t think the form and figure of this model could get better, and then it did—in the 488 Spider that was first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this fall, masking in beautiful double-layer paint plus proper lighting to show off the proportions, creases, and contours.

2016 Ferrari 488 Spider

2016 Ferrari 488 Spider

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The 488 and its top-down Spider variant remain built on an aluminum spaceframe chassis, with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission delivering power to the rear wheels, with the help of an electronic rear differential.

In addition to the turbocharged engine, the 488 GTB and Spider get new active-aero components, plus a new Side Slip Control 2 handling feature that allows amateur racers a little more leeway without getting into trouble.

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The 488 has become a lot more driver- and passenger-friendly on the inside; but keeping purely to the outside, there are a number of ways that race-bred functionality has been added to this beautiful form—and ways that beauty has been added to go-fast functionality.

Earlier this fall at the Frankfurt show, we took a look with Michele Comelli, Product Marketing for Ferrari SpA, and asked him to pick out five up-close cues that reconcile beauty and functionality on the 488 Spider:

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