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Video: Ferrari 488 ‘GTS’ Spider confirmed, prototype spotted

Ferrari has been spotted test driving a prototype version of what appears to be a Ferrari 488 ‘GTS’ Spider, which up until now hasn’t really been confirmed.

Ferrari 488 Spider prototype

Based on the new 488 GTB, which itself is the new 458, the drop-top version is expected to feature the same lightweight roof mechanism that’s featured on the 458 Spider.

In the engine compartment will likely sit the exact same 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that’s in the coupe, which produces 492kW of power and 760Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100km/h in the coupe takes just 3.0 seconds.

The new 488 Spider is likely to add some weight to the GTB’s 1475kg kerb weight, with some reinforcements providing a stiff platform to make up for the lack of a proper roof holding it all together.

Ferrari 488 Spider roof

Not much is revealed in the video, except for the fact that it could be taken as confirmation that a 488 Spider will exist. Given the 488 GTB coupe has only just arrived, there’s likely going to be a bit of a wait before the drop-top lands.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.