Ferrari’s $250,000 F8 Spider is faster than the iconic 488
Ferrari has just unveiled its latest mid-engined convertible, the F8 Spider and it’s lighter and more powerful than the car it’s set to replace.
Supercars never cease to amaze us, just when you thought a car couldn’t get more powerful or any faster, Bugatti swings back with a 300 mph car. Similarly, if you were under the impression Ferrari’s iconic 488 line couldn’t be improved upon, the F8 line is here to prove you wrong.
The F8 Spider as the name suggests is the Spider version of the F8 Tributo coupe, which is to say it’s electronically convertible. Set to replace the 488 line which was introduced in 2015, the F8 Spider squeezes into a stylish chassis the engine of the performance-orientated 488 Pista. It has a lot to live up to as the 488 GTB was named "The Supercar of the Year 2015" by car magazine Top Gear, as well as becoming Motor Trend's 2017 "Best Driver's Car"
The new contender has a 711 brake horsepower twin-turbo V8 that not very quietly rumbles under the rear of the car. The design of the car is also an updated version of the 488 GTB’s more comfort-focused chassis and interior.
The car is 20 kilograms lighter than its 488 little brother, while having 49 more horsepower. This lighter weight is thanks in part to a reworked crankshaft, flywheel, connecting rods and lighter exhaust manifolds.
Onto numbers you’ll be excited about: the new F8 Spider does the 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in 2.9 seconds or a tenth of a second quicker than its predecessor. 0-124 mph (0-200 kph) takes 8.2 seconds or half a second quicker than the 488, while the top speed of 211 mph (340 kph) is an improvement over the 488 Spider’s 203 mph (325 kph).
The F8 Spider is in many ways a similar car to the 2020 McLaren 720S Spider. The 720S has an output of 710 horsepower (one less than the Ferrari), it has a max speed of 212 mph (341 kph), and a 0-60 just one millisecond faster than the Ferrari challenger.
McLaren 720S Spider
Angrier than a Ferrari Portofino but more relaxed than the likes of the 812 Superfast, the F8 Spider has a comfortable interior with a 7-inch touchscreen display.
The 720S starts at around US $315,000 whereas the F8 starts at around US $250,000, with that price you get a zippy 14-second retracting roof.