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Ferrari 488 Spider wins Performance Car 2017 in annual CAR Magazine Awards

Ferrari 488 Spider wins Performance Car 2017 in annual CAR Magazine Awards

20.02.2017: The Ferrari 488 Spider has been honoured with the Best Performance Car award in CAR magazine's annual Top 12 Best Buys competition




The Ferrari 488 Spider has been honoured with the Best Performance Car award in CAR magazine's annual Top 12 Best Buys competition.



"The CAR magazine awards are the most well-respected in the SA motoring industry, and we're thrilled that the 488 Spider won the 2017 Performance Car category. It's a spectacular vehicle and deserving winner", says Scuderia South Africa CEO, Mervyn Eagles.



CAR magazine's Top 12 Best Buys awards are a highlight on the annual motoring calendar, and taking first place in the Performance Car category is no easy feat. The competition is judged by some of the top motoring journalists in the country and this is a distinct accolade for the Ferrari 488 Spider.



Only vehicles that have been driven by the CAR team are considered for the awards and every aspect of the car is considered. The CAR team take into account performance, price, design and the overall package that each vehicle offers in its segment.



"There's some decent competition out there", says Eagles, "which makes this award even more special. Ferrari embodies pure performance, and we're delighted to see the 488 Spider recognised in such a prestigious competition and coming out on top."





About the Ferrari 488 Spider




The Ferrari 488 Spider is the best performance car ever built by the Prancing Horse and is powered by the 488 coupé's 3902cc turbo-charged V8 which punches out a maximum of 670 CV with the Variable Torque Management system guaranteeing smooth, progressive torque delivery in the higher gears up to a maximum of 760 Nm at 3,000 rpm.




This is an astonishingly sporty car with blistering acceleration (0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 8.7) and, even more significantly, a razor-sharp throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds which essentially eliminates the turbo lag typical of this kind of engine.




The Scaglietti centre of excellence's aluminium crafting skills have also produced a light, high performance spaceframe chassis made of 11 different 6000 series aluminium alloys containing varying percentages of magnesium and with specific characteristics to meet the demands of the different areas of application.




Extraordinarily, this yields the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness figures as the coupé, in which the roof is a structural element, improving the chassis' performance by 23 per cent over that of the 458 Spider.




The 488 Spider uses the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) which debuted on the 458 Spider as world-first for such a solution on a mid-rear engined car.



The RHT has rendered traditional soft-tops obsolete as it is not only lighter (- 25 kg) but also provides better protection from noise and elements even when lowered courtesy of a glass wind-stop adjustable to three different positions. Equally significant is the fact that the RHT can be raised or lowered in 14 seconds even when the car is moving.



The car's mechanical set-up and dynamic vehicle controls make a pivotal contribution to its powerfully sporty behaviour on the road with Manettino settings chosen for its mission.



Specifically, the technicians worked on the magnetorheological dampers to guarantee maximum sportiness without compromising on comfort. The new SSC2 Side Slip Angle Control system also makes it easier for non-professional drivers to reach the limit.



 Additionally, to ensure superb fun behind the wheel on more challenging routes, the 488 Spider responds virtually instantaneously to steering wheel inputs (0.06 seconds - 9 per cent faster than the previous Spider).



The hard-working Ferrari Design Centre has also brought a sculptural beauty to the modifications made to accommodate the RHT and meet the aerodynamic demands of the car.



Cases in point are the flying buttresses which optimally channel air flows to the engine cover, the ribbing on the engine cover and the air intakes with sculpted mesh grilles which lend that area of the car a sense of incredible dynamism.



The 488 Spider also debuts a new colour designed to enhance its forms. The Blu Corsa livery almost seems to meld with the sky overhead, in fact, and metallic particles suspended in the paint give the bodywork a gloss that underscores its sculptural volumes. Its unusual iridescent effect is created by the two-layer paintwork.




In line with Ferrari tradition and drawing on the harmonics typical of Prancing Horse cars with this kind of architecture, this 8-cylinder has its own absolutely distinctive soundtrack, thanks to exhaust headers with longer, equal-length piping and the flat-plane crankshaft.



The sound was crafted to be seductive but never invasive when the top is dropped, with both volume and clarity increasing in signature Ferrari fashion as the engine instantly responds to the accelerator pedal and revs rise, underscoring the car's performance.





Caroline van Rensburg - photos quickpic.co.za

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