The Ferrari 458 Officially Loses Its Top

By | August 22, 2011

Ferrari 458 Spider Profile

Guest post by Bartley Liles

Close your eyes and imagine the best looking car out today. The Ferrari 458 Italia. That’s right, I said it. Better than the Aventador, Aston Vantage, better than anything. In fact, it is so good if I was a 12 year old boy it would be a poster on my wall. I should know because when I was 12 a long time ago, I had the same Lamborghini Countach poster every other 12 year old car crazy kid had.

Now Ferrari has chopped the top of my beloved Italia for its newest convertible called the 458 Spider and the gang over at Cheers and Gears looks to have what are the first unofficial photos of Marenello’s hottest new topless terror. The new Spider looks to have an all new cockpit concealing what could likely be a folding hardtop. Although the hardtop promises to keep the car air tight and stable at high speed it will also conceal all that Italian goodness that is the 4.5 liter V-8, and of course those famous red cam covers, which brings me to my point.

The new Ferrari 458 Spider is sure to deliver the finest open air motoring experience short of this guy, but- and this is a big but- I would rather drive the coupe version. Sure, driving the Spider will get you more attention and stares from the mere mortals walking Rodeo drive and deliver that wind in whatever hair you have left experience, but it will fail to deliver on the raw, emotional driving experience you get from the coupe. That hardcore, down to business, don’t mess with me I’m driving kind of experience. Not to mention that the coupe is better looking.

At the end of the day I’d take either one of course (who wouldn’t) but if I was laying down my hard earned cash it would be for the coupe. That way after flogging it all the way home I could step out and stare at what is surely the most beautiful piece of automotive machinery available today, but for now the poster on the wall will have to do.

Source: Cheers and Gears via Jalopnik


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