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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: ***EXCLUSIVE*** The Ferrari 458 Italia is seen during the Ferrari 458 Italia auction event to benefit Haiti held at Fleur de Lys on March 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Close your eyes and picture a convertible Ferrari. Now open them. What kind of roof did it have? If you're thinking of folding cloth, Ferrari's made plenty of those throughout its history. But of the last three to roll out the gates of Maranello, only one of them had a soft top. And a makeshift one at that.

That was on the limited-edition SA Aperta. The one-off Superamerica (also based on the 599, and like its namesake predecessor) had a flip-top glass panel, and the California (the only production convertible the company currently offers) has a folding metal roof.

The question, then, is what type of roof the anticipated upcoming 458 Spider will incorporate. The jury's still out, but reports suggest it won't be a soft-top like the F430, 360, 355 and 348 Spiders that came before. Instead it could feature some new kind of glass or metal contraption that will slide down behind the two seats when stowed.

The versatility could come at the expense of the clear engine cover that lets you peer into that state-of-the-art 4.5-liter V8 and its Rosso red cam covers. But whatever type of roof the 458 Spider packs, you can bet Ferrari is working hard at keeping weight to a minimum and rigidity to a maximum.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's hope it's fireproof...
      Jacob Hoffman
      • 4 Years Ago
      Carbon Fiber folding roof option, $7456 option, with out paint!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Andre Neves
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forget the roof mechanism, that white 458 looks ridiculous!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not new stuff; Ferrari has done a roof like this before. Built on the 308 platform, the 1976 Ferrari Rainbow by Bertone had a roof panel that lifted up and dropped back on guide rails between the firewall and the seats. It had a fixed glass sunroof panel so you could see out the back with the rearview mirror. I saw the car when it was in Southern California for a short press tour and despite being a prototype, the roof, surprisingly, worked!
      CJ Irwin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Targa top similar to the 308 is the way to go
      • 4 Years Ago
      What I'd love to see is a return of the Targa, a-la 308/328/348 Make mine a 438GTS!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 458 Italia is a great sports car from the factory however we offer a Performance ECU upgrade for the car that really unleashes the stallions full potential. Up to 29HP gains on a stock exhaust system! www.superlativeautosport.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am voting for inflatable roof mechanism. Save space, cheap to manufacture, weights almost nothing, innovative, and inflates with the heat rising from the engine bay and the driver's ego.