Folding Hard-Top For Ferrari 458 Spider

Not the 458 Spider...
Not the 458 Spider...
Word has reached PHHQ that the Ferrari 458 Spider will have a trick folding hard-top, rather than the cloth roof worn by its predecessor the F430 Spider.

A folding hard-top 458 has been the subject of much speculation, especially in light of the Ferrari California's folding metal roof. It was thought for the F430 spider that a folding hard-top was too heavy and complex, but it seems Ferrari has solved these problems for the drop-top 458.

Our trusty mole was pretty thin on details, but it seems that the transparent engine cover of the coupe has been dropped, although the 562bhp 4.5-litre V8 beneath it remains thankfully unchanged.

We still don't know if the new roof arrangement will be a glass or metal job, however, or whether it will tuck down behind the seats when open, as some web rumours have predicted.

We'll know more soon, though - the 458 Spider is earmarked for a public debut at the Frankfurt motor show this autumn, so we should see pictures and details of the new car some time later this summer.

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  • kambites 22 Jul 2011

    xto said:
    Would this not take purchasers from the hardtop.
    Surely that'd be a good thing for Ferrari, if a more expensive car takes sales from a cheaper one?

  • Dirty 22 Jul 2011

    I'm neither female nor a hairdresser so I don't care what type of roof the spider gets!

  • Mr Dave 18 Jul 2011

    I dont really care. I cant afford it. Wether its a soft top or folding hard top itll still be a really nice car.

  • mat430 18 Jul 2011

    this is not new this was decided ages ago

  • ikky85 15 Jul 2011

    Great. Soft tops ruin perfectly good looking cars

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