2016 Ferrari 488 GTS revealed
Ferrari has just taken the wraps off of the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTS also known as Spider, the convertible version of the Ferrari 488 GTB
The 2016 Ferrari 488 GTS features a retractable hardtop roof similar to the one in 458 Italia Spider and it only only needs 14 seconds to open.
Just like it’s predecessor, the Ferrari 488 GTS loses the transparent engine cover that displays the 3.9 liter turbocharged V8 in the 488 GTB.
The Ferrari 488 GTS is powered by the same 3.9 liter turbocharged V8.
The 2016 Ferrari 488 GTS is capable of a 2.8 seconds 0-60 mph and top speed of over 200 mph.
With 661 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque, the new 488 Spider is Maranello’s fastest and most powerful convertible to date.
The Ferrari 488 GTS is heavier than the 488 GTB by almost 100 lbs.
The 2016 Ferrari 488 GTS is only available with the 7 gears F1 dual clutch transmission that sends power to rear wheels.
The new Spider’s chassis is however just as rigid as its coupe version, and thanks to usage of different exotic materials (Carbon Fiber, Magnesium, Aluminium, etc…) it is over 20% stiffer than the outgoing model the 458 Italia Spider.
The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider is set to be unveiled this September at the 2015 IAA FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW.
The new Spider will shortly after be ready to be special ordered and deliveries will begin early 2016.
It is rather curious timing that Ferrari has revealed the new 488 Spider just as its parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is preparing to spin Ferrari off and file for its IPO.
Ferrari will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, however due to exclusivity nature of the Ferrari brand, its sales are unlikely to grow more than the promised 10,000 cars a year (up from 7,000 in 2014).
Ferrari 458 Italia Spider was one of the best selling Ferraris in the automobile company’s history and I’m sure the new Ferrari 488 GTS will be a hit especially here in Southern California.
Ferrari 488 GTS Specifications:
|Ferrari 488 GTS||7 gears F1 dual clutch transmission|
|Horsepower||661 hp at 8000 rpm|
|Torque||561 lb.-ft. at 3000 rpm|
|0 – 60 mph||2.8 sec|
|Top Speed||205 mph|
|Fiorano lap time||1:23:00|
|Kerb weight||3341 lbs|