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Fastest ever drop-top Ferrari gets European debut in Paris

Written by: Neil

Anyone with a fondness for the prancing horse and getting the roof down should hold on to their hat because Ferrari has just unveiled its fastest ever drop-off at the Paris Motor Show.

Admittedly, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider was first seen at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August, but this is the first time the car has appeared in public in Europe.

It’ll arrive as the 50th convertible Ferrari and such a landmark should be something special, right? Yep, so fittingly, the 488 Pista Spider will be the most powerful series production spider in Ferrari history, with an unprecedented weight/power ratio of 514bhp per tonne.

Out on the road, that means it can get to 62mph from rest in 2.85 seconds with a 211mph top speed. It’s this kind of blistering pace that helps it rocket around the Fiorano circuit in 81.5 seconds.

Ferraris naturally appeal to a rare breed of car buyer and the Italian brand says this landmark car targets the typical diehard Ferrarista who already owns other Ferrari spiders.

“These are drivers that want to feel all the power and speed the 488 Pista Spider is capable of yet also enjoy drop-top driving and the soundtrack of that unparalleled engine,” said the brand in a statement.

Ferrari adds that the amazing handling of the 488 Pista Spider makes it one of the most enthralling models Ferrari has ever produced, while the 709bhp 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine pumps out 50bhp more than the fixed roof 488 Pista.

It’s the same block that has been named ‘best engine’ for the third consecutive year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards. It has also been deemed to be the best engine out of all the winners over the awards’ previous 20 years.

Inside, the car boasts a distinctively sparse racing feel with an extensive use of lightweight technical materials, such as carbon fibre and alcantara, and contrasting hand-stitching, tread plates and heel rests in triangular aluminium.

Jess Wort, marketing manager at Petrol News, comments: “Motorists want something extraordinary when they come to Ferrari and this car is certainly that.”

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