We have local pricing for the new Ferrari F8 Spider, the retractable hard-top model that replaces the 488 Spider in Scuderia South Africa’s line-up.
So, how much will you have to fork over for the open-top newcomer? Well, the F8 Spider will be priced from R6 103 000, which makes it some R602 600 more expensive than the F8 Tributo coupé.
The Maranello-based firm says the new F8 Spider is about 20 kg lighter than the aforementioned 488 Spider (and, for the record, weighs 20 kg more than the 488 Pista Spider). Furthermore, the Italian automaker claims the F8 Spider is “significantly more aerodynamically efficient” than its forebear.
As in the F8 Tributo coupé, the turbocharged 3,9-litre V8 offers 530 kW (at 8 000 r/min) and 770 N.m (at 3 250 r/min), revving to 8 000 r/min and driving the rear axle via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The sprint from standstill to 100 km/h takes a claimed 2,9 seconds – matching the time of the F8 Tributo – while the 200 km/h mark is reached in a claimed 8,2 seconds (four-tenths tardier than the coupé). Top speed, meanwhile, is listed as 340 km/h.
Ferrari says the exhaust layout has been “extensively modified across the board” to produce a sound “absolutely unique to this particular car”. The retractable hard top takes 14 seconds to deploy or retract and can be closed or opened while the car is on the move up to speeds of 45 km/h.
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