Look, I admit it; when I saw this car spring to life in my inbox yesterday I squealed – a bit embarrassing but true, I really did squeal. The guy next to me wore his coffee in shock!
Very shortly after that I was told that my eyes were sparkling and I had a ridiculous grin on my face like a loved up Disney character. Of course I have yet to see the real thing. It was only launched yesterday after all, but wow she is a beauty.
When you compare the facts and figures they are pretty much the same as the roofed version, top speed 205mph / 0-60 in 2.9sec so the Ferrari 488 Spider not only looks as hot as volcano, but this baby can shift too. If you want the facts and figures click here, but only do it once you have stopped looking goofily at the pictures.
When the announcement came through, it took me by surprise a bit. There was no launch date mentioned at the Geneva Motor show in March, although everyone guessed it was on the way. With the Frankfurt Auto Show less than 7 weeks away, it made me think about the timing, at which point 2 options sprang to mind:
1: Ferrari has something astonishing up their sleeve, which the usual spies and pundits haven’t got wind of yet – an electric car or a Ferrari SUV to go with Maserati and Bentley’s version maybe, even Lamborghini has a concept called the Urus? No! I can’t imagine it either – the mind boggles at the idea of a Ferrari SUV and I have loads of mad ideas charging around my brain right now, but that is not what I am guessing.
2: Call me cynical, but isn’t it lucky that Ferrari launched a brand new Spider just 3 days before the beginning of London’s Supercar Week! Go on then, click on the YouTube clip and you will see what I mean!
Coincidentally, while the Veyron has finished its production run, with the new car being postponed for a wee while, and Lambo having no new-new cars out this year, I have a funny feeling that the lads at Ferrari have seen the wallets lining up to talk about their beautiful cars and thought that the time is right!
The car owners, will happily pay a small fortune – in excess of £20,000 for a return journey for their metal marvels to be flown around 3,000 miles, and often leave them parked up on the streets of Knightsbridge! What is funny is that, because many of them come from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait, they seem to get away without worrying about little things like parking permits, which really seems to upset some of the tabloid newspaper readers. There was a Porsche 918 having a bit of a spruce up outside Harrods yesterday. It was in a parking bay, but the irate reporter had claimed that it was stopping traffic! Really, like a road full of McClarens, Lamborghini Aventadors and Ferrari La Ferraris wouldn’t be doing that already!