The Ferrari 458 Spider, which replaces the 430 Spider and features an aluminum retractable hardtop, will be priced at $257,000 in the United States and will be available to the public in January 2012, according to the Italian manufacturer.
In Europe, where sales of the car begin in October, the Ferrari 458 Spider will cost 226,800 euros or about $309,000 with current exchange rates.
Ferrari customers in Europe also usually spend the equivalent of 15-20 percent on top of the car's list price to purchase personalization items from the company's Carrozzeria Scaglietti program. These items include carbon fiber seats ($7,800) and a rearview camera ($3,600).
The aluminum top replaces the canvas top offered on its predecessor. Webasto AG supplies the 458 Spider's roof system. Ferrari says its patented, fully retractable hardtop is a world first for rear-engine sports cars.
The all-aluminum hardtop solution adopted for the 458 Spider offers a number of advantages over the traditional folding canvas top, including a 55-pound weight reduction and a deployment time of 14 seconds.
The 458 Spider's powertrain, like the 458 Italia coupe, is a normally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 delivering 570 horsepower with seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 458 Spider accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in less than 3.4 seconds and has top speed of is 198 mph.