Luck has a heavy hand in the unexpected at times. The other day I received a tip off that the first Ferrari 458 Spider in Adelaide was sitting on the showroom floor at Belcar, but would only be there for a matter of hours. The only proper reaction to a tip off like this was to drop everything to take a look.
I’m usually not a fan of the Spider version of Ferrari’s mid engined V8’s. From the 308 through 348, 355, 360 and 430, I’ve always felt that the loss of the roof detracts from the visual flow of the car with the roof down, and looks downright dog ugly with it up. But the 458 Spider is a different story.
The secret lies in the rapid technological advancement of folding hardtop technology over the past decade. This is Ferrari’s first folding hardtop on a mid engined car, and borrows technology from the California, Ferrari’s first folding hardtop.
The major downside is that access to the engine is extremely limited in the Spider, and you have to crane off the entire roof and mechanism to perform even basic maintenance on the 4.5 litre V8. But hey, Ferrari’s were never meant to make rational sense, right?
The cockpit is still a little sci-fi for my tastes, but fit and finish is superb, as you would expect. It still has an incredible sense of occasion and it’s a very special place to be, so in that respect it lives up to the Ferrari tradition despite not having the timeless beauty of, say, the cockpit of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona.
For the time being, this video will have to do. Alonso is probably a better driver, anyway.458 #Ferrari #Spider