• Sep 29, 2009
Ferrari 458 Spider rendered by Jon Sibal – Click above for high-res image

Ever since the introduction of the 348 Spider back in 1993 and on through the 355 Spider, 360 Spider and F430 Spider – to say nothing of the targa variants that came before – Ferrari has always produced droptop versions of its mid-engine V8 supercars. So it should come as no great surprise that Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has reportedly confirmed the development of a roadster version of the new 458 Italia.

Like its predecessors, the 458 Spider will likely feature a conventional folding soft-top, and you can expect it'll be one of the lightest and quickest to deploy and retract in the business. Still, there was some speculation that Maranello would forgo building a 458 Spider altogether, leaving its sun-worshipping, V8-lovin' clientele to be tended to by the California. But while the affable marquis has been off on some statements in the past, we'll take this one at wind-in-your-face value. Expect the 458 Spider to appear in a couple of years.



[Source: Quattroroute via Euocarblog]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Aaaaaaand, the 355 is continues to be the best modern Ferrari design... maybe next time!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I consider the 355 modern– yes, it's like a 20+ year old design, but I also didn't want to lump it in with "non modern" Ferraris like the 288, and 250's, etc with which it would never compete on a rarity or aesthetics scale. :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Modern? Nah... exotic, meanest, appropriate... Yes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Ever since the introduction of the 348 Spider..."

      how about the mondial?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Was there ever any doubt this wouldn't happen? ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Vincenzo,
        How in any way is that a relevant reply to my comment? Or where you trying to just "ride the balloon" since I was the first commenter? ;-/

        It's sort of like comment spam.
        "Nice thoughts Adam, now please Read my Book at http://digg.com/d315uUw "
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thats weird, I don't remember any news of Bangle going to Ferrari... ? Man.. autodesign is getting Horrid! Ugliest Ferrari by far
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why? I hate when they make spyders out of supercars.

      1) It always screws up the lines
      2) No serious car is a convertible...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did we really need official confirmation that this was going to happen, I thought it was obvious?

      Alright, I'll step aside now and the next hundred posts can be dedicated to crying about the 458 design and how the 355 was so much better. Proceed....
      • 5 Years Ago
      With the lines on the car harkening back to the classic P3 & Dino 206 SP, a targa top would have been better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The more and more I look at this, the more I don't like it. It just looks like an Enzo replacement or something. I liked the 348, loved the 355, 360 was okay, 430 was great. and this is just... meh. If they kept the styling more in line with the 360/430 it would have been better, but the 430's design became outdated in its later years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I absolutely HATE that rendering/photochop. My eye is always drawn to the B pillar on the opposite side that you can see through the windshield.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has Ferrari officially announced that it will be offered in red? I mean, we've all seen the pictures, but have they OFFICIALLY announced it? Because THAT would be exciting!

      ...must be a slow news day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Photochop says Spyder - text says Spider. Does it matter?
      • 5 Years Ago
      How can you make a car as beautiful as the California one minute, then turn around and destroy the inherent beauty of the Modena and F430 with this ugliness? I don't understand why the automotive press loves it so much..

      Whoever worked on those headlights should be immediately fired and never be allowed to work in car design ever again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about you guys give full credit to Jon Sibal for that pic since he did it.
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