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Old 08-16-2011, 09:41 AM   #1
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Default 458 Italia is about to go topless – but via a folding roof


Spider version of 458 Italia coupe (pictured) will adopt a folding metal roof.

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458 Italia is about to go topless – but via a folding roof made out of metal rather than cloth.

Ferrari’s next supercar is already guaranteed to go harder than its predecessor.

The Spider version of the 458 Italia will be unveiled at September’s Frankfurt motor show, where it will swap the soft fabric roof of the drop-top F430 it replaces with a fancier folding hardtop.

It will make the 458 Spider Ferrari’s second model to feature a retractable metal roof, joining the California released in 2009.

The California will remain the more affordable of the drop-top duo, relatively speaking, with its $459,650 price tag.

The 430 Spider carried a $40,000 premium over the 430 coupe, though the 458’s more complex and therefore more expensive roof system is likely to widen the price gap. With the 458 coupe costing $526,950, the Spider could be pitched closer to $600,000 when it lands on our shores in 2012.
Ferrari would have been faced with a greater challenger to engineer a folding metal roof for the 458 because its 425kW V8 – shared with the coupe – is positioned behind the driver. The California’s V8 is placed under the bonnet in a front-engined layout.

The additional weight of the metal roof would inevitably have some effect on performance for a car, though it’s unlikely to be considered slow when the coupe version can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds.

Company insiders suggest Ferrari has moved to a folding hardtop because a fabric roof is susceptible to cold weather – becoming too brittle – in Ferrari’s key regions of the US (particularly the north-east) and China, where temperatures can drop to as low as minus 30 degrees Celcius.
Ferrari is also expected to complete its replication of the three-model F430 range by introducing another Scuderia variant that will give the 458 even more power and racetrack-focused handling.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:51 AM   #2
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Are those prices right???
Can't be in USD I'm sure...
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:51 AM   #3
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I like it.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:00 AM   #4
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Are those prices right???
Can't be in USD I'm sure...
Well if its not in USD but in Euros... that would be worse right?

Unless its in Pesos... but I highly doubt it.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:22 AM   #5
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Yeah, the 458 is more like in the low-to-mid $200s depending on options. Good friend's dad just bought one, and he didn't pay anything like $400k for it. Bet the article just converted Euros straight to dollars for some silly reason.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:15 AM   #6
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I'm gonna guess that's Australian dollars since the picture is linked to an Australian website
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:44 PM   #7
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I'm gonna guess that's Australian dollars since the picture is linked to an Australian website
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Also, power is listed in kW, common for AU.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:05 PM   #8
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Why would the new folding top not be made of CF?
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:32 PM   #9
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"Company insiders suggest Ferrari has moved to a folding hardtop because a fabric roof is susceptible to cold weather – becoming too brittle – in Ferrari’s key regions of the US (particularly the north-east) and China, where temperatures can drop to as low as minus 30 degrees Celcius."


Who the F is out driving a convertible Ferrari at -30* C ??
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:57 PM   #10
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"Company insiders suggest Ferrari has moved to a folding hardtop because a fabric roof is susceptible to cold weather – becoming too brittle – in Ferrari’s key regions of the US (particularly the north-east) and China, where temperatures can drop to as low as minus 30 degrees Celcius."


Who the F is out driving a convertible Ferrari at -30* C ??
See above. It's those lousy Asians.
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:04 PM   #11
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price definitely threw me off.

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Who the F is out driving a convertible Ferrari at -30* C ??
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