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Ferrari 488 Spider treats drivers to a 660-horsepower symphony

Ferrari released photos and details of its 488 Spider, a new roadster with a retractable hard top to be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show in September.

Ferrari 488 Spider
The Ferrari 488 Spider shows off its roadster profile. Ferrari

Ferrari quickly follows the release of its 488 GTB last March with the 488 Spider, a retractable hard-top version of the model next month. Similar to the 488 GTB, the new Spider makes use of a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 engine mounted behind the cabin.

With the top down in the 488 Spider, drivers will be treated to Ferrari's signature exhaust note even more clearly than in the previous hard-top model.

Ferrari describes its retractable hard top as the "most technologically advanced" on the market. It folds down in 14 seconds, separating into two panels that rest over the engine cover behind the cabin. The driver can choose from three positions for a power-operated rear-glass wind block to lessen wind turbulence in the cabin.

Structurally, Ferrari notes in its press release that the Spider has the same torsional rigidity as its hard top predecessor, while only gaining 110 pounds. The zero-t0-62-mph time comes in at 3 seconds, the same as for the 488 GTB, with a top speed of at least 203 mph.

Ferrari launched a microsite for the 488 Spider, showing photos, specifications and video.

The Ferrari 488 Spider will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show next month.