The F8 Tributo’s drop-top sibling, the F8 Spider, shares the hardtop’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 while adding open-air driving flair to the mix. The engine puts out a whiplash-inducing 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel-drive, the F8 Spider can complete the 0-62 mph run in 2.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 211 mph. These figures match the Tributo, with the hardtop only really squeezing out a slim 0.4-second advantage up to 124 mph. As the 488 Spider’s replacement, the F8 Spider is both lighter (by 20 pounds) and more powerful (by 50 hp).
The F8 Spider gets plenty of Ferrari’s performance gear, too. There’s the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer system, a setup that enhances traction in corners by altering brake pressure at each caliper. A Slide Slip Control system has been tweaked to improve driver control at the limit. To maximize the engine’s performance potential, revs aren’t gradually restricted as the limiter is approached, only cutting off right at the 8,000 rpm redline. The engine is also 39 pounds lighter than the 488 Spider’s unit.
The retractable hardtop increases comfort levels and can be lowered in just 14 seconds. It’s just one component of another Ferrari show-stopper, the mid-engined F8 Spider demanding attention from every angle, even if it isn’t a dramatic departure from the 488 Spider. Official pricing and availability dates are still to be announced but don’t expect to pay much less than $300,000 for this McLaren 720S Spider rival
3.9-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas