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2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Ferrari has been one of the pioneers of open top V8 sports cars. The yesteryear's Ferrari 458 Spider was a hot favorite amongst car enthusiasts and was regarded as one of the most complete roadster ever produced. But, Ferrari was determined to better the best and out came the successor to 458, the 2018 Ferrari 488 Spider.

One look at the car is enough to make folks drool all over it. The car is just as sensational to look at from the outside as it is from the inside. The signature long tailed headlights are well integrated and provide a fantastic look to the front fascia of the car. The rear fascia complete with round tail lights and dual exhaust appropriately balances the character of the roadster

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Pros

Spot on exterior

Wonderful leather interior

Well-appointed and integrated folding hard top

Ferocious exhaust note

Mind numbing performance

Cons

Much less theatricals than the outgoing naturally aspirated motor

Needlessly complicated infotainment

What's New?

One major change from the outgoing Ferrari 458 is the introduction of forced induction

The power stats also 100 hp bump

488 carries a few major components from the outgoing model but is a completely new car otherwise.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$272700

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

top speed

208 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

238 cu. in.

horsepower

660 hp @ 8000 rpm

torque

560 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.7 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

179.8 in.

width

76.9 in.

height

47.7 in.

curb weight

3362 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

8.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

highway range

407 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/unlimited

drivetrain warranty

3 years/unlimited

corrosion warranty

3 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Styles

 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider in Giallo Modena color  2017 Ferrari 488 Spider in Rosso Ferrari color  2017 Ferrari 488 Spider in Blu Swaters color
Giallo Modena

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Base

Base

power
660 hp @ 8000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$272,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 7AM) Starting at $272,700 MSRP (15/18/22) 660 hp @ 8000 rpm, 3.9 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018


The exterior description might trick one into thinking that the car is a showpiece. But, the turbo V8 engine is perhaps what takes the center stage on this car. With an open top, the thunderous V8 growls and rumbles when the pedal is floored but maintains a composed temperament when required.

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Features

The 2018 Ferrari 488 Spider is available in only a single trim. The engine on duty is a 3.9L turbo V8 paired to a 7-speed dual clutch auto shifter. The engine might have lost some of the charm of the naturally aspirated predecessor but it still is largely fun to drive. The new and improved 7 speed dual clutch transmission give way for no criticism and is as good as any gearboxes you'll find on the best of the best sports cars.

There is a plethora of strike out features on the 488 GTB. The convertible cover, being a hard top still manages to perfectly integrate itself into the body lines of the vehicle. The new front wing crest in a way that they improve the outward view even better than that on the predecessor. On the inside, the dashboard layout is mostly driver centric. The sheer size of the rev counter dwarfs everything on the front interior. The dash is generously doused with a lot of carbon fiber elements that do the job of keeping the weight in check while giving an aesthetic oomph to the overall interior of the car.

Trim

488 Spider

MSRP

$272,700

Key Features

A short muscular front wing into which the bumper is wedged which lends the whole front of the car a sense of power and speed.

   The engine cover features longitudinal ribs which generate a three-dimensional, dynamic effect and are flanked outboard by sculpted mesh grilles.
   The commands not clustered on the steering wheel are on the wraparound satellite pods which are angled directly towards the driver.
  The new lighter, horizontally more compact dashboard also curves around the cockpit and features ultra-sporty air vents.
 

The multifunctional steering wheel and the control bridge on the tunnel.

 

The bonnet has a pronounced, raised central section and two side channels which channel air from the two vents in the bumper.

   Immediately draws the eye to flanks featuring new side air intakes for the intercoolers.
   The front is characterised by a single grille opening.

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Engine

"Adaptive dampers and a well-honed suspension setup make the 488 Spider equally capable on a race track as it is cruising along the coastline. The steering has a very quick ratio and the engine responds eagerly in even the most relaxed setting so it takes a few miles to get used to the sharp responses." - Carbuzz

Engine and Transmission

Under the bonnet of the Ferrari 488 Spider is a 3.9L Turbo V8 unit that is paired with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The motor produces 660 hp and 560 lb.-ft of torque. The engine produces linear power all the way from 2000 rpm to the 8000 rpm redline. Its the same engine that is used in the standard 488 GTB and as we have seen it already in the GTB, the engine is really a marvel.

It does not feel turbocharged at all and the instantaneous response time with a surge of power every time you put down your foot is simply breathtaking. The sound now features a lot of bass notes to it rather the shrill whining of the outgoing naturally aspirated motor from the 458 Spider.

As compared with the rivals, the 488 spider is both the most powerful and most expensive amongst them. While all the cars feature a turbo motor, the Aston Martin Vantage S Roadster is the only one to feature a 6.0L naturally aspirated V12 motor. Gear shifting duties in all the cars are taken care by a 7-speed automatic transmission. The 7-speed dual clutch transmission in the Ferrari is already much revered for its amazing response and thrilling gear shifts.

Models

 Ferrari 488 Spider

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Aston Martin Vantage S Roadster

 Mc Laren 570s

MSRP

$272,700

$203,000

$200,695

$190,100

Engine

3.9L, TwinTurbo, V8

Twin-Turbocharged 3.8L Boxer 6 Cylinder

6.0L, Naturally Aspirated, V12

Twin-Turbocharged 3.8L, V8

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

660 hp

580 hp

563 hp

562 hp

Torque

560 lb-ft

516 lb-ft

457 lb-ft

443 lb-ft

Acceleration

Ferrari 488 Spider is actually one of the easiest sportscars to drive especially due to how easily and effortlessly it accelerates. Unlike most supercars, the acceleration on the Ferrari does not take a hard physical toll on the driver. That being said, it still maintains one of the quickest off the line performance in the segment.

Although the Ferrari 488 is one the lightest in the segment, it's the 911 turbo S Cabriolet that beats the Ferrari by 2/10th of a second on a 0-60 mph run. While the McLaren 570s is only 1/10 of a second slower the Aston Martin Vantage is almost a second slower than the 488 Spider.

Models

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

2017 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

2017 McLaren 570s

0-60 MPH

3.0

2.8

3.8

3.1

Quarter mile

10.6

10.6

11.1

11.0

Engine

3.9L

3.8L

6.0L

3.8L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.8

8.4

12.6

6.6

Ride and Handling

Chopping off the roof and adding that folding roof mechanism adds a penalty of over 100 lbs but the chassis has been stiffened at certain points to not compromise on the drivability from the coupe. However, you can always tell the difference in the dynamics from the coupe as the car tends to be a little more wobbly now. Do not get us wrong, the car still handles like a dream. Its just not as good as the coupe. The springs have been carried on unchanged from the coupe. 

As with every modern Ferrari, you get a bumpy road mode which makes the ride composed and comfortable when you need it. Put it in the sportier modes and it always remains a driver's delight. Of course, it's not as good as the coupe but its still very fun and the wind in your hair would just accentuate that feeling even more.

Braking

The brakes on the Ferrari 488 Spider feature a 15.7-inch rotor on the front a 16.1-inch rotor on the rear. A light push on the brake pedal provides an instant response from the brakes. The brakes are not stingy at all and provide optimum braking efficiency.

On paper with rivals, the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet is the only vehicle to marginally better the 60-0 mph distance of the Ferrari at 93 feet in comparison to 94 feet of the 488 Spider. Both the McLaren and the Aston Martin are some way off from the segment leaders.

Model

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

2017 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

2017 Mc Laren 570s

Brake Front (in.)

15.7

16.1

15.7

15.5

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

15.4

14.2

15

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3362

3682

3671

3304

60-0 MPH (ft.)

94

93

114

100

 

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Fuel Economy

Fuel economy should be of little concern with these quarter of million-dollar sports cars. That being said, the inclusion of a turbocharger has bettered the fuel economy of the 488 Spider as compared to the outgoing model. But, it still remains as one the least fuel economic cars in the segment

Model

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

2017 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

2017 Mc Laren 570s

MPG (city)

15

19

12

16

MPG (highway)

22

24

18

23

MPG (combined)

18

21

14

19

It is the 911 turbo S Cabriolet that leads the way here with a combined mileage of 21 mpg. Second in line is the McLaren 570s while being closely followed by the Ferrari 488 Spider. The gatekeeper of the segment is the Aston Martin Vantage with the least efficient motor.

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Interior

"The cockpit remains unchanged from the GTB, unlike in the old days when Ferrari interiors were a plastic afterthought, the Spider features top quality materials and a vast range of customizations are on offer too." - Carbuzz

Seats and Comfort

The Ferrari 488 Spider features a carbon fibre seat layout. The view from the inside is as flexible as one would desire. The lumbar support lump is bound to irk a few buyers but the overall layout of the interior allows vast spaces on the inside. The dashboard is fully driver-centric and most of the information is visible only to the driver with just an ac went popping out for the passenger.

Ferrari says that nothing should be distracting the driver from the driving experience of this car and we can indeed appreciate Ferrari for ditching a centre screen when all other manufacturers are opting for larger and larger ones. The cabin is essentially carried forward unchanged from the GTB coupe but now you are blessed with the absence of a roof to let some wind in your hair while you whiz down the road at great speeds.

Although there are no specs available for the 488 spider and the McLaren 570s, from the given specs, the 911 turbo S cabriolet takes away the game in terms of interior space.

Model

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

2017 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

2017 Mc Laren 570s

Passenger capacity

2

4

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

 

38.4/52.0/41.6

36.7/-/42.8

N/A

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

 

32.0/50.6/41.4

N/A

N/A

Infotainment

The multi-purpose steering wheel laden with all the buttons is what most owners will use to control most of the features on the car. The A/C controls and audio controls can also be controlled via the knobs that are placed in the centre of the dashboard. There is no standalone screen as the instrument cluster houses two screens that double up to display the sat nav and other information. 

Cargo Volume

The Ferrari 488 Spider is a hard-top convertible is not expected to carry a lot of stuff in the boot. Truly speaking, it indeed does allow for a lot of stuff in the boot but it still manages a modest 8.1 cube-feet of boot space.

The Ferrari 488 Spider actually features the biggest boot amongst the rivals. The second best in the segment, the McLaren 570s features a boot space of only 5.3 cube-feet which is far less than the segment leader.

Model

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

2017 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

2017 Mc Laren 570s

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

8.1

4.4

5.0

5.3

Interior Features

  • Multi-purpose steering wheel
  • Carbon fibre seats
  • Multi-display speedometer
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Big round rev counter.

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Exterior

"From the outside, the 488 continues the form factor of the much loved 458, with sharper lines and a more modern front and rear design. It screams Ferrari both on the go and when standing still." - Car Advice

Dimension and Weight

Ferrari isn't known for making the most beautiful sportscars but somehow they always manage to get their mid-engined V8 sportscars absolutely bang on. The 488 Spider looks essentially like the coupe except for the roof and engine cover. The shark fin-like extensions from the anti-roll bars look stunning and there are some air splits on the engine cover. It is also a delight watch that hard-top folding roof go up and down in all it's glory.

Being a mid-engine two-door sports car, the dimension and the weight of the car are wonderfully balanced. It only seems to pop out when the electronic aids are disabled. The aero package on the car deserves a special mention as well as it does a fantastic job of maintaining enough downforce when the car hits high speeds.

While Ferrari 488 Spider weighs in at 3362 lbs. even its drop-top guise, the McLaren 570s still takes the cake with a segment-best curb weight of 3303 lbs. The heaviest in the segment is the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet at 3682 lbs.

Model

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

2017 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

2017 Mc Laren 570s

Curb weight (lbs.)

3362

3682

3671

3303

Length(in)

179.8

177.4

172.6

178.3

Width(in)

76.9

74.0

73.4

76.0

Height(in)

47.7

51.1

49.2

47.3

Ground clearance (in)

6.1

4.6

5.0

3.6

Wheelbase (in)

104.3

96.5

102.4

105.1

Track width (in) F/R

66.1/64.8

60.7/62.6

61.8/62.0

65.9/63.7

Exterior Features

  • Air intakes for the intercooler
  • Convertible hard top
  • Rear fixed spoiler
  • Front spoilers
  • Dual rear exhausts

Wheels

The Ferrari 488 Spider rides on 20-inch alloy wheels that can be customized in terms of style as per the customer's requirement. For the first time ever, there custom carbon alloy wheels on offer as well for a small premium over the standard wheels.

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Safety

Although none of the safety agencies rate the Ferrari 488 Spider but, being a quarter of a million-dollar Ferrari roadster, you can expect absolutely no compromise on the safety standard. The car features a carbon fiber build throughout so there is no question of the stability of the structure of the car. There are a host of the passive and active safety features as well that keep the vehicle in check.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • F1-Trac ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags w/Passenger Off Switch
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Door-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Competition

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet vs Ferrari 488 Spider

The Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet is a car that has seen evolution throughout the decades and has finally evolved to its present age. The car features signature German styling but there is no denying that is far off of what Porsche enthusiasts would consider a true Porsche. Neither hp nor the torque figures match that of the Ferrari 488 Spider. Overall, the Ferrari looks much more like a thoroughbred roadster than the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet.

All in all, if money is no constraint and practicality can take a back seat, the Ferrari 488 Spider seems to be the obvious choice.

Aston Martin Vantage Roadster vs Ferrari 488 Spider

The Aston Martin Vantage is one of the very few cars of the day that features a naturally aspirated V12 motor. But, it honestly can't get away from the fact that is an aging machine as now. Even after featuring the bigger engine, the power stats are far less than what other machines in the segment produce. Even when it comes to the interior, the age of the car shows. Although the materials used and overall layout is still top notch but it still isn't as sharp as what one would expect out of a sports car.

McLaren 570s vs Ferrari 488 Spider

The McLaren 570s is a car that both looks good and drives even better. The dynamic nature of the car and its agility is unmatched even by more expensive sports cars. Not only it is a delight to drive on the race track but it's equally comfortable on the road as well. It features a generous dose of carbon fiber and aluminum alloys throughout. Not only that, the car is much cheaper than the Ferrari while essentially offering equivalent performance to the 488 Spider.

All in all, the Ferrari should be your choice if open-air thrills and a superior looking car is what you desire. Otherwise, the McLaren 570s is a car that simply can't be ignored while you go looking for a sports car.

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Final Verdict

Even after dumping its naturally aspirated motor, the Ferrari 488 Spider has managed to keep its charm. The engine is now more powerful, the car handles better than ever and there is really not much to complain about at all. The hard-top puts it in a segment where very few cars exist as most of them comprise of a soft top. The Ferrari 488 spider is a perfect combination of beauty and power. There are not a lot of cars that match the pedigree of the mighty Ferrari 488 Spider.