Pista Spider Ferrari’s 50th droptop

Riley Riley

Sounds like someone upset a dangerous insect.

But the Pista Spider is actually the 50th in a long line of droptops from the stables of Ferrari.

The new Special Series model, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, has been unveiled at California’s famous Concours d’Elegance car show at Pebble Beach.

The car sets a new benchmark for Ferrari spider performance with an unprecedented weight-power ratio of 1.92 kg/cv.

It’s the result of the most powerful Ferrari V8 ever, recently named Best Engine in the world for the third consecutive year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards.

4 Ferrari Pista Spider side

The 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 unleashes 530kW and combines that power with increasing torque at all engine speeds for continuous and unending acceleration all the way to the red line.

The unique engine sound is now even more riveting thanks to the open-top configuration.

The vehicle dynamics honed for this Special Series 8-cylinder convertible deliver a seamless combination of razor-sharp acceleration, braking efficiency, lightning-fast gear shifting, precision steering, grip, stability and superb handling.

It delivers a completely captivating and unprecedented driving experience thanks in part to the new lateral dynamics control system, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE), which makes on-the-limit driving more intuitive, controllable and predictable.

The car features new diamond-finish 20-inch alloys with a novel 10-spoke star-effect interpretation of Ferrari’s traditional mid-rear engine berlinetta-style rims.

Also available are the optional one-piece carbon-fibre wheels which offer a 20 per cent weight reduction over the standard forged alloys.


Type: V8 – 90° twin-turbo
Overall displacement: 3902 cc
Max. power output * : 530 kW (720 cv) at 8000 rpm
Max. torque *: 770 Nm at 3000 rpm in 7th gear


Length: 4605 mm
Width: 1975 mm
Height: 1206 mm
Dry weight** : 1380 kg


0-100 km/h: 2.85 s
0 -200 km/h: 8 s
Max. speed: 340 km/h


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