With diamond-finish wheels, this Ferrari car packs a 720-horsepower punch

Ferrari 488 Pista Spider. Photo: Bloomberg
Today on the Pebble Beach Golf Course in California, Ferrari unveiled the 50th convertible model it has ever made, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider.

This 488 Pista Spider is the continuation of Ferrari’s top-selling 488 line. It has the most powerful Ferrari V8 engine ever—720 horsepower on twin-turbos—and a unique barking rev sound thanks to the fact that it now packs a retractable rooftop. The Pista Spider can go to 62mph in 2.8 seconds; top speed is 211mph. (Pista is Italian for “track,” after all, which signifies just where this car is best suited to live.)

But there’s not much to see here that is new from the 488 Pista, except for that folding roof.

Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

Ferrari executives at the debut said the premiere in the United States was a natural choice given that ever since the 1950s, North American buyers have always bought higher numbers of “high-performance convertibles” compared to consumers in Europe and the Middle East. 

Here’s the bad news: The roof adds 200 pounds to the superlight Pista, which you’ll notice around corners. And, although the pricing has yet to be announced, it’s sure to hit in the high $350,000 range, with orders on the limited run starting now. Better hurry to get your allocation now.