The Ferrari 488 Pista is a 488 GTB version designed for use on race tracks, making it a natural rival to the Lamborghini Hurricane Performante . So, now that Lamborghini has a Hurricane Performante Spyder convertible, it's not surprising that Ferrari is launching a 488 Track Spider with a retractable roof.
Presented at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2018 , the most prestigious of the events that are part of Monterey Car Week, the 488 Pista Spider has the same performance improvements as the 488 Coupe Coupe, but with the option of enjoying the air free thanks to a retractable hardtop. Ferrari says the 488 Track Spider marks the 50th convertible model that was launched in its seven decades of carmaking.
Like the 488 Coupé Track, the Spider uses a two-turbine 3.9-liter V8 that produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. That's an increase of 50 hp and 8 lb / ft on the 488 Spider, the model on which Track is based. A dual clutch transmission with seven speeds sends that power to the rear wheels.
The word "Pista" in Italian means the same as in Spanish, and the skills of the Pista Spider are up to that name. Ferrari says the convertible supercar will hit 0 to 62 mph in 2.85 seconds, and reach a top speed of 211 mph. These figures coincide with the Coupe track, which is impressive given the greater weight of the convertible.
Ferrari focused on weight reduction in Pista Spider, replacing the carpets with aluminum plates and the driver's door handle with a strap. An optional set of carbon fiber wheels is 20 percent lighter than standard tires, according to Ferrari. But even with all these changes and using the carbon fiber wheels, the Spider weighs about 220 pounds (100 kilos) more than the Coupe Coupe.
The Spider Track also has the same suite of electronic products as the Coupe Coupe. It features Ferrari's F1-Trac traction control system, electronic differential and Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, which uses software to adjust brake caliper pressure to the rotors, to help keep the car under control when it is being driven limit and with all its power.
Ferrari did not disclose the price or launch date of the 488 Pista Spider. The automaker said the car was revealed on Pebble Beach due to the popularity of convertibles in the United States, giving a first look at the model that could become a favorite among fans of high performance cars.