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Published on August 23rd, 2011 | by Seán Ward

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The Ferrari 458 Spider

At long last, the Ferrari 458 Spider has arrived.

It has the same, high revving 4.5 litre V8 engine, which produces 562 bhp at 9000 rpm, and has a maximum torque output of 398 lb/ft at 6000 rpm.

The power is transferred to the road by Ferrari’s seven speed dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift gearbox, and the Ferrari E-Diff, pioneered by Ferrari and famously helped in development by Michael Schumacher.

The Spider follows the California with its metal folding roof, going against what previous mid engined V8 Ferraris, such as the F430 and F355; the norm is a cloth folding roof arrangement.

The aluminium roof somehow manages to save 25 kg off the hardtop, but rather more impressive is the speed at which the roof folds away: just 14 seconds.

And, according to Ferrari, normal conversation can be held at speeds of up to 200 kph thanks to a ‘wind stop’, but how true this is remains to be seen.

Click here to read the history of the Ferrari 458 Italia.

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