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Ferrari 458 Spider to be unveiled at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

August 9, 2011

Ferrari is set to unveil the Ferrari 458 Spider at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, around one month before the new 458 drop-top is expected to hit showrooms in Europe.

If the latest Ferrari sales figures are anything to go by, the Italian supercar maker is in a good place. With plans to launch the successors to the 599 GTB Fiorano, and Enzo in 2012, Ferrari has a lot to look forward to.

The long-awaited Ferrari 458 Spider has been widely talked about by the press, wondering if the hero car will sport a tin or fabric flip top.

Rumors suggest it’ll be an electric folding hard-top design, replacing the F430’s soft-top. This design, also seen on the Ferrari California, will be a first in the Ferrari 458 segment.

The 458 Spider will apparently be a tiny bit slower than its static roof brother due to the extra weight added by the electric roof arrangement.

Engine wise, the 458 Spider will use the same 419kW, 542Nm 4.5-litre V8 as the regular 458 Italia – not that there’s anything regular about it.

Tell us, if given the chance, would you want to drive the coupe, or the convertible?

Photo credit: Ferraripits

Josh was one of the original co-founders of PerformanceDrive. His expertise is car culture and aftermarket performance. He was the editor at Hot4s Magazine for a few years, and has since worked at Fast Fours, Zoom, and as a journalist for The Project Group.