The new 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider sports car has its photos leaked just a few days ago, and today, Ferrari has officially released full details about the car.
Initially, there were speculations about a retractable hardtop for this sports car, but we didn’t think that was possible due to a lack of space in the rear engine bay. Anyhow, Ferrari managed to pull it off, and it was tricky process according to Ferrari.
The 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider will the first hardtop convertible that came out of the Ferrari’s line. It uses a flipping hard panel instead of cloth top like the 360, 355 and 348 Spiders before it. The hardtop stows away directly under the deck lid, so that it is out of sight. The result is more pleasing to the eyes. Deployment of the hardtop only takes about 14 seconds.
As for power, the 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider is equipped with a naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 litre V8 engine producing 570 horsepower (@ 9000 rpm) and 398 lb-ft of torque (@ 6000 rpm). The engine is mated to a dual-clutch, F1 paddle-shift 7-speed automatic transmission. Ferrari did not released any performance numbers, but given the engine spec, we expect it to achieve a 0-60 mph time in the 3 plus seconds.
Check out the video below to see the retractable hardtop of the new 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider in action. We will have the performance numbers coming soon, so stay tuned.