Innovation lies in the hands of the innovator, and for this Italian automaker Ferrari, the statement goes precisely correct. The Italian path finder gives life to a new innovation and names it Ferrari 458 Spider. This is a convertible variant of the Original 458 Italia, which marks its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The car features a distinctively designed retractable hardtop, which weighs 25 kilograms and can be opened in 14 seconds.
Engine, mileage and variants
The soul sitting under the hood of the car is the V8 4497cc engine that is integrated with advanced technologies and direct injection technology that ensure a precise combustion process at all speeds. This engine squeezes oil efficiently to generate 570 hp of maximum power at 9000 rpm and a maximum torque of 540 Nm at 6000 rpm. This engine mates the 7-speed F1 dual clutch transmission which owing to its responsiveness allows the sports car to establish 0 to 100 km/hr of speed in mere 3.4 seconds. This car sips 11.8 litres of fuel for a stretch of 100 kilometres which is pretty decent.
The exterior design of the car is a perfect amalgamation of modernity, sportiness and stylishness in the soul form of it. The stretched and gracious 'V' bonnet design with the fluidic aerodynamic hints and curved bulges, the large and wide grille, that emphasize on the mighty power lurking behind them and holds the imposing horse crown from Ferrari and the dazzling multifunctional headlamps correctly reflect the typical Ferrari styling. All this is made more functional with the retractable hard-top feature added to the car. The superlow and wide design of the car that fetches it a road-hugging appearance is a product of its expert dimensioning that reads, 4527 mm x 1937 mm x 1211 mm (L x W x H) and a long wheelbase of 2650 mm.
As soon as you sit in the car an oasis of pleasure envelopes you. Every thrill is converted into more joy with the solemnly comfortable and convenient interiors of the convertible. The driver is offered a large feast of authority with the Formula 1 style cockpit in the form of the leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel and gear shift lever, a purely intuitive instrument cluster and the sports footpedals. The car with its large leather-wrapped sports seats that make you feel the soul essence of comfort along with the double curvature roof, which makes a comfortable sitting space for over 6ft 4-inch tall occupants. The car allows you to carry your basic amenities along with you in the 58-litres front boot space.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The car wholeheartedly lets you experience the best of dynamism along with an assurance of care with the long array of dependable safety features employed in it. One of the important member of this long array consists of exceptional handling assistance added by the Electronic Stability Control system. With this the car also has the 3rd generation Electronic Differential and the F1 Trac Traction Control system. The braking system enclosed in the car consists of front and rear carbon ceramic disc brakes assisted by Anti-lock Braking System and Electronic Brake-force Distribution.
The soul pleasure and convenience of engineering can be tasted with this beguiling and heart-pumping convertible. The car owing to its solemnly enchanting exterior design, unmatched dynamism and unadulterated handling surely stands as a outstanding convertible among many top-guns. However, there is more scope for refinement when it comes to fuel economy and cargo space.