We all knew the Ferrari F8 Spider was coming and the Italian car manufacturer has just taken the covers of its latest mid-engined droptop.
Powering the F8 Spider is the same twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine as the F8 Tributo coupe to pump out a hearty 711 and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque. Ferrari says the F8 Spider accelerates to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.9 seconds, hits 124 mph (200 km/h) in 8.2 seconds, and continues through to a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h).
The engine itself is very similar to the unit that powered the Ferrari 488 Pista, hence why it produces the same amount of grunt. Ferrari also uses exhaust manifolds for the F8 Tributo and F8 Spider made from lightweight Inconel. Ferrari quotes a dry weight with all the available carbon fiber trimmings of 3086 lbs (1400 kg) which is a touch heavier than the F8 Tributo.
Like the 458 Spider and 488 Spider before it, the Ferrari F8 Spider uses a retractable hardtop. It takes just 14 seconds to deploy or retract and can be operated at speeds of up to 27.9 mph (45 km/h).
The overhauled design of the F8 from the older 488 translates into better cooling in the Spider as well as greater downforce. The marque says the new car is 10 per cent more aerodynamically efficient than the 488 Spider.
Like its coupe sibling, the F8 Spider incorporates Ferrari’s Side Slip Control 6.1 system as well as the latest Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer system (FDE+). This system uses Ferrari software to adjust brake pressure at the calipers during corners, while exiting corners, and also in low grip conditions.