Frankfurt 11' Preview: Ferrari Unveils the 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider

Ferrari has unveiled the convertible version of the 458 Italia, the 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider. The Ferrari 458 Spider now holds the title as the world’s first mid-engined car with a retractable hardtop.

The 458 Spider is set to debut next month in Frankfurt. It’s powered by a naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5L V8 that packs 562 horsepower. The engine is mated to a dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission.

The retractable hardtop is made entirely of aluminum and takes only 14 seconds to retract. The hardtop fits ahead of the engine bay and still enables the 458 to have luggage space behind the seats.

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