Along Came Two Spiders: Topless Ferrari 488 and Lamborghini Huracán Arrive at Frankfurt Motor Show
Two of our favorite supercars, now with less roof.
This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show is chock-full of German debuts, and now the Italians have joined the party. Say hello to the 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider and Lamborghini Huracán Spyder.
Like the 458 Spider that preceded it, the latest topless Ferrari utilizes a two-piece retractable hardtop. Ferrari says this unit is actually 50 lbs less than a comparable soft top. Thanks to extensive use of aluminum alloys, curb weight is an admirable 3,360 lbs. That’s only 110 lbs more than the coupe, and the Spider offers the same structural rigidity.
Mechanically, the Spider is identical to the 488 GTB. Its 3.9-liter V8 delivers 661 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The convertible’s 0-60 mph time is also identical to the coupe, a scant 3 seconds.
Lamborghini’s Spyder doesn’t mess with a good thing, either. The Huracán’s 5.2-liter V-10 is unmolested, still producing 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, still paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Owing to a curb weight that has risen—if not exactly swelled—some 260 lbs, the Spyder is a few ticks slower than the base car. Estimated 0-60 mph time is 3.4 seconds.
The 488 Spider goes on sale next summer, the Huracán Spyder in the spring. Expect both to flirt with a $250,000 price point.
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