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Take a Quick Italian Tour in the Ferrari 488 Spider

by Sam Jemielity

Car journalists get some pretty great perks: cars to review, trips to auto shows, chances to take new sports cars on tracks. Then there are the uber-perks, like Chris Harris gets in this video, spending a Monday morning driving a Ferrari 488 Spider around the rolling hills of Rimini, Italy. Man, I hate him for this. But at least he shares his good fortune – with only a little bit of gloating – as he puts the new Ferrari 488 Spider through its pace.

The 661 horsepower ocean blue model Harris tries out is flat-out gorgeous, and I could spend hours just watching the roof retract. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but the mechanism is pretty beguiling. Like in the 458, the 488 Spider adds about 50 kilos to the weight of the coupe, yet it still clocks a 0-62 time of 3.2 seconds. When it comes to structural rigidity, the 488 Spider doesn’t have the carbon tub of its competitor the McLaren 650S, leading Harris to note some different driving dynamics, with the Spider feeling more “bendy” in the chassis than the coupe.

A small quibble that I doubt most lucky owners of the 488 Spider will notice.

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