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Old 08-23-2011, 08:44 AM   #1
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Ferrari 458 - Italia loses top

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Engineering a mid-engined exotic with a retractable hardtop is a bit tricky. Which is why it's never been done before – that is, until now. Feast your eyes on what Maranello's crafty engineers have wrought.

The convertible version of the 458 Italia fills the space left by the F430 Spider and the 360, 355 and 348 Spiders before it. But whereas those went with cloth roofs, the newest variation on the theme uses a folding – or more accurately, flipping – hard panel. The mechanism is similar to the one on the Superamerica, but whereas that model's roof panel simply rests under the open sky on the rear deck, the 458 stows under the deck lid, protecting it from collecting dust or rain that would otherwise be deposited on the driver and passenger when deployed.

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Woah I don't normally like convertibles but this still looks hella nice!
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wonder how much slower it is then the regular 458.. looks nice for a vert tho!
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who cares if its slower, its looks sooooo sexy
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Ferrari 458 Spider video, pictures, and specs

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any reason they chose to go with spider instead of 'spyder'?
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:01 PM   #11
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Ferrari's convertibles were always named spiders whereas Lamborghini convertibles are named spyders.
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:57 PM   #12
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Ferrari can call it whatever they want, people will still DROOL over it.. damn it.. now look what ferrari making me do
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Love how it looks... hopefully we won't see it locally wrapped in something matte with a N on the back
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looks better in the convertible imo which is rare
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wow, a hard top. But the biggest drawback is we can't see the engine.
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ugh... I still don't like cars that lose their top unless they were meant to be convertibles since day one.

All these "roofed before, and now lost their top" conversions just never look as good
as the real convertibles.

I would prefer the "roofed" version.
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ugh... I still don't like cars that lose their top unless they were meant to be convertibles since day one.

All these "roofed before, and now lost their top" conversions just never look as good
as the real convertibles.

I would prefer the "roofed" version.
While I tend to agree with this, I prefer the look of the spider over the roofed version. Never really liked the original 458's look, to be honest.
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