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Tuesday 29th September 2009


Soft-top 458 due in a couple of years says Ferrari boss

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed that a soft-top version of the Ferrari 458 Italia is waiting in the wings, but that fans of ruffled hair will have to wait a little while yet.

In an interview with Italian car mag Quattroruote, Di Montezemolo said: "[Deliveries of the 458 Italia] will begin in the second half of January. We also plan a spider version, but not for a couple of years."

The planned introduction of a 458 Spider is not exactly earth-shattering news - Spider traditionally follows coupe in mid-engined Ferrari land much as night follows day - but it is nice to hear it straight from the (prancing) horse's mouth.

When the 458 Italia does arrive it will be powered by the same 4.5-litre 562bhp direct-injection V8 fitted to the coupe, so expect similar performance figures - a top speed of around 200mph and a 0-62mph sprint of around 3.4secs.

Author: Riggers
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