Ferrari is bringing two new convertibles to the Frankfurt Motor Show. Both of these cars aren’t exactly giant surprises, but they are very pretty all the same.
First is the 2020 Ferrari F8 Spider. As you’d expect from the name, it’s the F8 Tributo but without a roof. Or, more accurately, it has a retractable hardtop roof that folds neatly into the rear compartment just above the engine. This means the glass panel that allowed people to see the car’s 3.9-L twin-turbo V8 is no longer there, but this just re-focuses attention on the car’s open top.
Everything else remains the same as the Tributo. Power is still 710 horses and 568 lb-ft torque, zero to sixty still takes 2.8 seconds, and top speed is still 211 mph. The Spider does take an extra 0.4 seconds to reach 124 mph, owing to the additional 154 lbs the retractable hardtop adds to the car’s weight, but that’s about it.
Next is the Ferrari 812 GTS, the convertible version of the 812 Superfast. Again, the Spider is still very similar to the original, with a 789-hp 6.5-L naturally aspirated V12 engine. That makes it the most powerful convertible in the world.
Also unchanged is the 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.
However, there are a few additions. First, and most obviously, is the retractable hardtop roof. Second is the new rear section of the car which adds a new rear diffuser and additional flaps to compensate for the lack of an air by-pass on the rear fenders.
Also, the front windshield has a pair of L-shaped flaps added to the corners to reduce air turbulence. Ferrari says this reduces noise enough that the occupants can hold a full conversation even at high speeds. This sounds preposterous, but if true, it would be a huge engineering breakthrough for convertible car owners.
Pricing and availability weren’t announced, but you can likely expect both at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this week.