New convertible has comparable performance to coupe, but is 100kg heavier
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The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider has been unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

Said to be the company's 50th drop-top model, the 488 Pista Spider is powered by the same 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 as the Pista coupe, which develops a maximum of 530kW of power at 8000rpm, and 770Nm at 3000rpm.

Thanks to the folding hardtop and other necessary structural changes, the Spider has a dry weight of 1380kg, 100kg more than 488 Pista coupe.

With the standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, Ferrari claims the new convertible can complete the 0-100km/h metric in 2.85 seconds, blow past 200km/h within 8.0 seconds, and hit a top speed of 340km/h.

For those interested, the coupe and convertible share the same 0-100km/h time and top speed, but the heavier convertible is 0.4 seconds slower to the 200km/h.

The Spider rides on 20-inch alloy 10-spoke wheels, although one-piece carbon-fibre wheels developed by Carbon Revolution in Geelong (which are 20 per cent lighter) are available as an extra-cost option.

Another standard feature is the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, which its maker claims "makes on-the-limit driving more intuitive, controllable and predictable".

To keep weight in check, the Spider has simple strap instead of a interior door handle, aluminium foot plates instead of carpets, and plenty of faux suede and carbon-fibre components throughout the cabin.

Australia

We're waiting to hear back about local availability and timing for the new drop-top.