Key figures for the 488 Spider are identical to those of the GTB coupé. So there’s 670 metric horsepower (around 660bhp) and 760 Nm of torque; enough to catapult the Spider from 0-100km/h (62mph) in just 3.0 seconds courtesy of that turbocharged 3992cc V8. As with the 488 GTB coupé, some purists were worried about the transition to turbocharging, but fears are groundless. Ferrari claims to have eliminated traditional turbo lag with a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds. And the 488 Spider’s engineers have also made sure the Ferrari convertible sounds great too, with a unique soundtrack that sounds great when the roof is up and spine-tingling when you’re in the open air. More power, more torque, more efficiency; for a performance sports car the move to turbo is a no-brainer.
To prove the point, put two well-matched drivers together on track, one in a 488 Spider and one in its predecessor the 458 Spider, and the older car would soon be eating the turbo’s dust. The driver of the 488 Spider would also be having more fun, thanks to SSC2 Side Slip Angle Control System programming that allows extra leeway for sliding and drifting. Ferrari’s 488 Spider may be a convertible, but it’s no boulevardier.