The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider has had its European debut in Paris after its world unveiling at Pebble Beach.
Ferrari delighted us all with an unexpected 488 Pista Spider at this year’s Concours D’Elegance, and while we got most of the important info back then, we’re now in for the full info dump as we head into the Paris Motor Show.
The biggest and bestest improvements for the Pista Spider all come with the engine. The 3.9-L twin-turbo V8 has been massaged with a combination of better components, better airflow, and improved manufacturing techniques to provide an additional 49 hp over the previous 488 Spider.
Formula One-derived technologies including Inconel exhaust manifolds, a lighter crankshaft and flywheel, and titanium con-rods, reduce the weight of the engine by a whole 40 lbs. Ferrari also gave the Pista Spider larger intercoolers by moving the air intakes further down the fuselage from their former side locations. Power is now rated at 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque.
Zero to 62 mph is done in a blistering 2.85 seconds on its way to a top speed of 211 mph--the same as the 488 Pista coupe. At Fiorano Circuit, Ferrari’s private race track, the 488 Pista Spider also managed the same lap time of the 488 Pista coupe at 1:21.5.
Handling is also improved on the 488 Pista Spider. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission shifts 30 ms faster than the previous transmission on the 488, and tweaks to the car’s aerodynamics improve downforce by 20% without increasing drag.
Ferrari also improved their Side Slip Control System (which they call a “performance control system” rather than a stability control system), which allow the car to corner better when combined with brand new Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires.
Pricing for the 488 Pista Spider hasn’t been announced yet, but you can bet it’ll be more than the $350,000 they ask for the Pista coupe.