Ferrari 458 Spider

Ferrari takes a masterpiece and makes it even better
There is little doubt that the 458 Italia came close to supercar perfection: "an awesome example of car-making art at its highest level" according to one British newspaper.

But the 458 Spider has all that and more: the open sky; the unmuffled soundtrack of the 4.5 litre V8 engine; an intimate connection with the world outside - if only it wasn't passing by at up to 198mph.

The 458 Spider is a hard-top. The aluminium roof opens and shuts in 14 seconds giving you the option of quiet, insulated comfort for the British climate or awesome, grab-life exposure when the sun shows up. Best of both. Oh, and the additional 50kg over the Italia makes hardly any difference to performance - it still get to 62mph in 3.4 seconds.

Day Hire

£1400
  • 24 Hours Midweek
  • 100 Miles
  • £5/excess mile
  • £5000 security deposit
  • 28-70 Driver Age

Weekend Hire

£3200
  • Friday to Monday
  • 300 Miles
  • £5/excess mile
  • £5000 security deposit
  • 28-70 Driver Age

Week Hire

£7000
  • 7 Days
  • 700 Miles
  • £5/excess mile
  • £5000 security deposit
  • 28-70 Driver Age

Specification

The 458 Spider is powered by 4,499 cc (4.499 L; 274.5 cu in) V8 engine derived from a shared Ferrari/Maserati design, producing 570 PS (420 kW; 560 hp) at 9,000 rpm (redline) and 540 N·m (400 lb·ft) at 6,000 rpm with 80% torque available at 3,250 rpm.

The engine features direct fuel injection, a first for Ferrari mid-rear engine setups in its road cars.

Roof system

The convertible variant of the 458 Italia features an aluminium retractable hardtop which, according to Ferrari, weighs 25 kilograms (55 lb) less than a soft roof such as the one found on the Ferrari F430 Spider, and can be retracted in 14 seconds.

Transmission

The standard transmission is a Getrag dual-clutch 7-speed transmission, similar to the Ferrari California. There is no traditional manual option, making this the second road-car after the Enzo to not be offered with Ferrari’s classic gated manual.

Handling

The car’s suspension will feature double wishbones at the front and a multi-link set-up at the rear, coupled with E-Diff and F1-Trac traction control systems, designed to improve the car’s cornering and longitudinal acceleration by 32% compared to its predecessors.

The brakes include a prefill function whereby the pistons in the calipers move the pads into contact with the discs on lift off to minimise delay in the brakes being applied. This combined with the ABS has reduced 100–0 km/h (62-0 mph) braking distance to 32.5 metres (107 ft).

Performance

Ferrari’s official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration is less than 3.4 seconds, while top speed is over 319 km/h (198 mph), with a fuel consumption in combined cycle (ECE+EUDC) 13.7 L/100 km (20.6 mpg-imp; 17.2 mpg-US) while producing 320g/km of CO2.