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2012 Ferrari 458 Spider [w/video]

In Which We Fight The Urge To Name It "World's Best Car" When looking for exotic sports car thrills on public roads in the summer, it simply doesn't get any better than the Ferrari 458 Spider. How nice, too, that Italy's summer has gone on and on this year – it thoughtfully didn't end until the evening after our epic drive through the Apennine mountains. Our mostly sun-drenched route started at around 500 feet above sea level in Maranello, climbing to near 3,200 feet over Passo della Cisa, finishing the outbound portion on a deserted sandy beach in northernmost Tuscany. Then,... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
4.5L V8
Power:
570 HP / 398 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed DCT
MSRP:
$257,000 base
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    Report: Ferrari 458 Spider to debut new type of folding roof mechanism?
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    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 ...

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    Rumormill: Ferrari 458 Spider to go hard-top?
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    These interwebs are full or rumor and conjecture. The juiciest tidbits we publish here for your consideration and amusement. The latest? That the upcoming roadster version of the Ferrari 458 Italia will receive a retractable hard top. Now if you're thinking – given the "unavoidable" extra weight – that a hard top on a performance exotic makes ...

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    Report: Ferrari reveals plans for six new models
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    Fiat is in the midst of a grand restructuring, and reports are beginning to trickle in. First up is perhaps the most exciting, dealing with product development plans for Fiat's most prized asset: Ferrari. According to reports, Maranello currently has a total of six new models or model variants in the pipeline for debut over the next couple of years. The ...

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    From the Prancing Horse's Mouth: Montezemolo reportedly confirms Ferrari 458 Spider
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    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 ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #140
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    Episode #140 of the Autoblog Podcast is going to just squeak under the wire for the weekend. It's late, and we're going to blame the new guy. Jonny Lieberman joined Chris and Dan for a few moments between bouts of Skype-drop-itis, and the trio started off blithely to discuss the Autoblog Garage and then the Ferrari 458 Italia before giving up on J-Leib ...

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    'Cause You Know It's Coming: Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder rendered
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    Now that the Ferrari 458 Italia has been let loose to glare at the world, it is only a matter of time before it's followed by a 458 Italia Spyder sibling. While we wait for Ferrari to provide us images of that car, computer rendering artist Jon Sibal has gone ahead and created his version of the newest droptop stallion. It will be interesting to see ...

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