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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Exotic

Pininfarina designed both the F430 and the F430 Spider in its state-of-the-art research center, but Ferrari chose to unveil the open-top version six months after the coupe.

In 2004, Ferrari was on top of the world with its winning streak in Formula 1. It was the car to beat, but "can't touch this" was more appropriate for its team and the mighty Michael Schumacher. The German driver won its seventh, and last, title. In 2005, Ferrari introduced the F430 with more F1 technology inside than any other supercar on the market.

When Pininfarina studio started to develop the car, it knew that it would have to be available in both closed and open forms. That is why it left room for the strengthened chassis. But the front of the car was similar, with the same big air-intakes in the lower bumper that took the air to the front disc-brakes to cool them. The F430 Spider was designed using state-of-the-art computer aerodynamics simulation programs, usually employed exclusively by the F1 team. The power-roof was retractable behind the seats but without obstructing the view to the engine bay.

The F430 Scuderia featured leather-wrapped bucket seats. The dashboard featured carbon-fiber trims on the center stack and around the outer vents. Like its coupe sibling, the Spider featured a steering wheel with the start button on it and the "Manettino" switch to select the driving programs.

Ferrari installed a 4.3-liter V8 in the middle of the car paired to a 6-speed manual. A 6-speed automatic was on the options list, together with paddle-shifters behind the steering wheel.

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FERRARI F430 Spider 2005 - 2009
  2 gasoline engines
  • 4.3L V8 6AT (490 HP)
  • 4.3L V8 6MT (490 HP)
brochures (download)
FERRARI F430 Spider Brochure

FERRARI F430 Spider 4.3L V8 6AT (490 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.3L V8 6AT (490 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4308 cm3
Power
360 KW @ 8500 RPM
490 HP @ 8500 RPM
483 BHP @ 8500 RPM
Torque
343 lb-ft @ 5250 RPM
465 Nm @ 5250 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
193 mph (311 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/35 ZR19
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.6 in (4511 mm)
Width
75.7 in (1923 mm)
Height
48.6 in (1234 mm)
Front/rear Track
65.7/63.6 in (1,669/1,615 mm)
Wheelbase
102.4 in (2601 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.7 cuFT (218 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.37
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3351 lbs (1520 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3792 lbs (1720 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
8.7 mpg US (27 L/100Km)
Highway
17.7 mpg US (13.3 L/100Km)
Combined
12.9 mpg US (18.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
420 g/km

FERRARI F430 Spider 4.3L V8 6MT (490 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.3L V8 6MT (490 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4308 cm3
Power
360 KW @ 8500 RPM
490 HP @ 8500 RPM
483 BHP @ 8500 RPM
Torque
343 lb-ft @ 5250 RPM
465 Nm @ 5250 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
193 mph (311 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/35 ZR19
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.6 in (4511 mm)
Width
75.7 in (1923 mm)
Height
48.6 in (1234 mm)
Front/rear Track
65.7/63.6 in (1,669/1,615 mm)
Wheelbase
102.4 in (2601 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.7 cuFT (218 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.37
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3351 lbs (1520 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3792 lbs (1720 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
8.7 mpg US (27 L/100Km)
Highway
17.7 mpg US (13.3 L/100Km)
Combined
12.9 mpg US (18.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
420 g/km
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