When you chop the top of a sports car, you often lose the lines that originally draws crowds to gasp in excitement as it rolls past into the sunset. Ferrari has just hacked the lid off its 458 Italia and the resulting 458 Spider is the tradition-bucking result. The convertible 458 puts your ears closer to the engine, allows all of your senses to to explode without getting the upholstery messy and guns down nearly every other car in your path.

Nestled behind your soon-to-be-mussed coif sits the 458's 4.5-liter V8 heart that pumps out 562 horsepower and life-changing affirmations. Be it the Italian countryside or California coast, this is a car we'd want to be piloting when the sun is shining and the roads are empty. If you need us, we'll be clicking through our gallery of high-resolution photos and watching the drama-soaked video after the jump in an endless loop.

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The world's first mid-rear engined berlinetta equipped with a retractable hard top debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Maranello, 23rd August 2011 – The new 458 Spider joins the 458 Italia, widening the range of Ferrari's mid-rear engined V8s and offering the same uncompromising technological solutions, handling and performance in a refined open-top configuration. It is equipped with a Ferrari patented, fully retractable hard top, a world first for a sports car with this lay-out.

The 458 Spider is powered by Ferrari's naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 litre V8 which was nominated as the 2011 International Engine of the Year for its engineering excellence in terms of driveability, performance, economy and refinement. The power is transferred to the road by Ferrari's class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission through the sophisticated E-Diff, itself integrated with the F1-Trac traction control and high-performance ABS for maximum handling dynamics.

Certain features, such as its accelerator pedal mapping and the damping of the multilink suspension, have been calibrated to guarantee maximum sportiness and absolute driving pleasure with the top down, in line with Maranello's exclusive spider tradition. Even the engine soundtrack has been honed to ensure that the car's occupants are completely captivated by the drop-top driving experience.

Entirely in aluminium, the hard-top solution adopted for the 458 Spider offers a number of advantages over the traditional folding soft-top, including a reduction of 25 kg in weight and a deployment time of just 14 seconds. Fully integrated into the styling of the car, the hard-top was engineered to fit neatly ahead of the engine bay without compromising aerodynamics or the performance of the car. The small space needed to house the roof enables the designers to include a generous rear bench for luggage behind the seats.

The rear of the car is characterised by innovative forms with the buttresses designed to optimise the flow of air to the engine intakes and the clutch and gearbox oil radiators. For maximum comfort whilst driving top down the 458 Spider features a generously-sized adjustable electric wind stop. The design was perfected to slow and diffuse the air in the cockpit, enabling normal conversation to be held even at speeds over 200 km/h.

New technical solutions adopted for the chassis guarantee identical levels of structural rigidity with the roof up or down. The result is a car that is truly exciting to drive, blending extreme performance with the responsiveness that has always characterised Ferrari's open-top berlinettas.

458 Spider technical specifications

4527 mm (178.2 in.)
1937 mm (76.3 in.)
1211 mm (47.7 in.)
2650 mm (104.3 in.)
Dry weight
1430 kg (3153 lbs)*
Weight/power ratio
2.51 kg/CV (7.42 lbs/kW)
Weight distribution fr/r

90° V8
4499 cc (274.5 cu in.)
Maximum power
570 CV (425 kW)** @ 9000 rpm
Maximum torque
540 Nm (398 lbs/ft) @ 6000 rpm
Specific power output
127 CV/l
Compression ratio

235/35 ZR20 8.5"
295/35 ZR20 10.5"

Maximum speed
>320 km/h (>198 mph)
0-100 km/h
<3.4 s

Fuel consumption + emissions
Fuel consumption***
11.8 l/100 km
275 g CO2/km

Dual-clutch, 7-speed F1

E-Diff3, F1-Trac, high-performance ABS
* With forged wheels and Racing seats
** Including 5 CV of ram effect
*** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Aaaaah Love.....
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      Personally I love the coupe more, but this is still an amazing car with a lot capabilities with the added advantage of hearing that Sonorous V8 even more
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stunning car! I just wish we didn't have to have a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy to ensure sales of it. :-/
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ingenious top for a spider since the beautiful lines of the 458 are maintained! I have a California coming after a 6 mos. wait and I'll keep it. It doesn't have the 458 HP and mid location but it's just as gorgeous!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sad another knock off of a lamborgini from the late 80:s..sad for ferrari..shame.. no design team capeable of another spyder from the the 1970"s..or at least some of the old spyders looks..
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      Wow...this looks incredible! With the top up most people wouldn't even know its a convertible. Very well done...and for the top-down driving experience I think it would be worth the added mass. Beautiful.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Challenger??? Mustangs???? You are both comparing a Timex to a fine Swiss watch. Or better yet, a #303 tomato can to a NASA titanium part.. But I understand that your automotive mechanical knowledge is 1950's era. Also, the Ferrari would run away from either of your cars and especially on any curvy road. Did you hear the sound of that Ferrari? It will also likely make 200 mph. ALSO, you are probably not aware that the Ferrari is currently beating everything else in the American LeMans sports car series in it's class.. That would be Porsches, BMW's, and the LeMans winning Corvettes. We are talking some VERY quick factory team race prepped cars here. Most comments on these AOL news items are from people who have no education/knowledge in the subject they are commenting on.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If that the truth then why oh why did Ferrari buy the suspension technology off General Motors? Are you aware that the ZR is computer restriced to 205 mph. And are you aware it is faster on the ring by 6 seconds then the fastest time Ferrarii set usung an Enzo? "A 2012 Corvette ZR1 equipped with new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires has tackled the ZR1’s Nurburgring time set in 2008, shaving off more than six seconds. The ZR1’s new time of 7:19.63 gets that much closer to the record holding 7:18 run of the Porsche GT2 RS, but more importantly, provides the Corvette with ammo against the Dodge Viper ACR (7.19 seconds), the Nissan GTR (7:26.7), Ferrari Enzo (7:25.21), and the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport (7:24.44)."
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      Sick Dog
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car looks girly/gay. I didn't like the curvy look of the 458 in the first place. Now with two pointy **** at the back, this car is a blasphemy of the Ferrari brand.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sick Dog
        Your mom's rear is blasphemy to the world!
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sick Dog
        ****! I meant to downvote you for having absolutely no taste and calling one of the hottest cars ever made from Ferrari a girly gay blasphemy. Instead, autoblog's comment system thought I wanted to upvote.
      Stephen Smalling
      • 3 Years Ago
      Super epic.
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        @Stephen Smalling
        A vehicle cannot be epic, let alone 'super' epic. Really? It's people like you who ruin this word and it's meaning. Ocean waves, solar system occurrences, and nature are the only things that can be labeled as epic.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Agree on the super epic, but a car can absolutely be epic. Look it up. "heroic; majestic; impressively great" "extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope "
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          ep·ic    [ep-ik] adjective 1. noting or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style: Homer's Iliad is an epic poem. 2. resembling or suggesting such poetry: an epic novel on the founding of the country. 3. heroic; majestic; impressively great: the epic events of the war. 4. of unusually great size or extent: a crime wave of epic proportions. See definition 3. This car and video are both majestic and impressively great, therefore EPIC!
          • 3 Years Ago
          I appreciate the reply however I don't agree with a car being epic. A car cannot be heroic. Perhaps majestic. But impressively great, or extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope, that I cannot agree with. When I think of epic, I think of supernovas, or gigantic tidal waves, or mother nature when she is at her best. I don't think of anything man-made.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Of course the use of the word here is hyperbolic, but it works.
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          why are you on Autoblog..even by your standards...the italia may just be the only car ever to be worthy of sharing a sentence with the word epic. This new spyder is +1
          • 3 Years Ago
          The ocean waves and solar system events you mention occur naturally and all over the universe. On the contrary, the automobile, quite possibly one of the most important (for better or worse) inventions of man, required the evolution of intelligent life. You could argue this is even more rare than a supernova. Simply said, we have observed many supernovas, but finding a planet with a bright red Ferrari on it now that is epic.
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      Ghetto Cat
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like a Lotus with slapped on Ferrari emblems. Ha ha, who will drive this? 1 in 1 billion people?
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