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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  • tom felty 14 Jul 2011

    sounds good, im guessing its going to be something like the

  • Whitean3 14 Jul 2011

    I don't know why heavy folding metal roofs have not become much lighter composite folding roofs. Given that a convertible should be designed so it is structurally rigid with the top down the roof is surely just a cover. So why not save a lot of high-up weight with something in carbon fibre?

  • timewatch 14 Jul 2011

    I know that the round rear lights on this car are a Ferrari signiture, but having radically changed the front I don't understand why they did not make the rear end design more interesting and progressive like the front?

    Think they've let it down a bit in that department.


  • MrCarCoach 14 Jul 2011

    I just hope they get the look right, personally I think the California is too heavy in the rear. Give me a fabric roof every time because to date, they always look better.

    All this seems unnecessary weight with added complexity, which to me in a Ferrari is wrong.

  • ZOLLAR 14 Jul 2011

    tom felty said:
    sounds good, im guessing its going to be something like the
    Christ man I can't take the suspense!!!!, like the what???????

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