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The 488 Spider is not only a thing of beauty but features some proper race-bred tech, which is usually reserved for the track. Specialized underbody aero improves downforce, and interestingly, the 488 Spider’s top comes off faster than any other Ferrari V8 model (14 seconds). The design is similar to the 458 it replaces, however, it harks back to berlinettas of old, with the side air intakes reminiscent of the old 308 GTB intakes.

The 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine lurking beneath the rear engine cover of the 488 Spider has divided opinions amongst Ferrari fans, with some purists saying that forced induction has detracted from the overall driving experience, while others have lauded the engine for its monstrous torque levels and overall stunning power delivery. Power outputs are impressive: you get 661 hp at a high 8,000 rpm and 561 lb-ft of torque at 6,750 rpm in seventh gear – an important claim, because Ferrari electronically limits the torque in lower gears to simulate the building progression of a naturally aspirated engine. For those who think that adding a turbocharger would cause lag, Ferrari claims a throttle reaction time of only 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm in third gear; in reality, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the old motor and this one. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is precise and fast and compliments the engine beautifully. Ferrari claims a 0-62 mph time of three seconds flat, and a quarter-mile time of only 10.55 seconds.

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