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Along Came a Spider
Nate Chapnick | Photo: Courtesy Image | September 5, 2013
Once more it’s Ferrari in the fast lane with its hot new drop-top.
Whether you’re a supercar enthusiast or not, if you’re fortunate enough to take a spin in Ferrari’s new 458 Spider, it will change the way you drive and think about cars. For one, you’ll never look at the Pali tunnel or those H-1 overpasses the same—such otherwise banal structures provide the ideal acoustic chamber to amplify the sensational harmonics of the car’s screaming V-8 engine. Once you hear that sound you’ll never forget it.
Revolutionary in more ways than one, the 458 Spider is the first-ever production vehicle to feature a retractable hardtop with a midrear engine layout. At the press of a button, it transforms before your eyes, morphing from a hardtop supercar into a topless boulevard cruiser—a mesmerizing mechanical dance that takes just 14 seconds. Then you’re off in style, flying down those island roadways and appreciating every nuance of the 4.5-liter V-8.
With a turn of the five-setting Manettino dial on the steering wheel, relaxation can quickly turn to adrenaline-pumping exhilaration as you exercise the 562 horses that rocket the 458 Spider from 0 to 60 mph in a shocking 3.3 seconds. Yes, this is a fast car—yet its extremely balanced midrear engine layout makes it the perfect supercar for both expert and novice drivers.
There’s nothing in Hawai‘i as distinctively styled and as instantly recognizable as a Ferrari. No matter where you go, the 458 Spider is singular. In the front, a row of eight LED lights stretches up the sides of both headlights, which are artfully integrated into the line that forms the bulging wheel wells, ultimately swooping around to form the doorsill. In back, you’ll marvel at the three tailpipes, integrated in a metal mesh housing that’s set between a carbon fiber rear air diffuser. So yes, Ferrari has yet again given birth to a true Italian supermodel.
Carbon fiber trim and swaths of Italian leather surround nearly every inch of the sporty interior. With plenty of space for taller drivers, this Ferrari is also suited for daily tasks, offering storage space under the hood and a clever rear luggage shelf behind the front seats that easily swallows a set of clubs. Plus, unlike most supercars, the 458 Spider comes without headaches, thanks to Ferrari’s unique warranty covering all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life. Offering an unmatched top-down driving experience, this Ferrari is speeding ahead of the competition—in style. Get it now at Ferrari of Hawaii. 720 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Kaka‘ako, 791.9841, hawaii.ferraridealers.com
2013 Ferrari 458 Spider
Base price: $257,000
Engine: 4.5-liter V-8
Horsepower: 562 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Torque: 398 lb.-ft. @ 6,000 rpm
City fuel economy: 13 mpg
Highway fuel economy: 17 mpg
Weight: 3,153 lbs.
0 to 60 mph: 3.3 seconds
Top Speed: 198 mph
A clever folding hardtop provides the best of
One of the world’s most satisfying exhaust notes
Unparalleled Italian styling