Ferrari 458 Spider

It flips, folds, and falls into place. The lid on the FerrariĀ 458 Spider is just another way the Ferrari captivates. The mechanism works for Ferrari’s goal of exciting driving, keeping the folded roof from intruding into rear engine compartment while weighing 55 fewer pounds than a traditional soft-top. This keeps weight down to 3,400 pounds on the aluminum-bodied Ferrari and helps it perform much like the coupe. For instance, the 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds and top speed of 199 mph are only a smidge behind that of the hardtop. But the coupe doesn’t offer clear access to the 458 Spider’s exhaust, a hearty mix of engine notes that will keep you reaching for the redline. Ferrari mentions an electric wind stop to allow for normal conversations, but who’s talking when you have this mechanical aria? The high-revving V-8 features direct-fuel injection and a flat-plane crankshaft, pumping out 557 horsepower until the little flaps in the front intakes fold flat, then it rises up to its full 562. It boasts Pininfarina’s aerodynamically sculpted lines, another one of its enchanting features.Ferrari 458 Spider backFerrari 458 Spider photoFerrari 458 Spider photosFerrari 458 SpiderFerrari 458 Spider

Price: $260,000
Engine: 4.5-liter V-8
Horsepower: 562
0-60: Fewer than 3.4 seconds
Top Speed: 199 mph
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Torque: 398 foot-pounds