FrontRunners: Open Season

  • Ferrari 458 Spider

    Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s aphorism "Less is more" certainly applies to the Ferrari 458 Spider (www.ferrari.com), which is scheduled to arrive in North America early next year. The Spider has everything that makes the 458 Italia the darling of the sports-car set, except for a fixed roof—and it is better for it. Instead, the Spider has a retractable hard (not soft) top, making it the first such drop-top mid-engine sports car to offer both berlinetta and spider profiles. The Spider is equipped with the same 4.5-liter V-8 and uncompromising dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission as the Italia, but Ferrari’s engineers have tuned the exhaust so that drivers and passengers can fully exploit the aural joys of open-top motoring. Ferrari has not announced the price of the Spider.

    From Around the Web...
    The drop-top’s performance is just as stirring as its exhaust note…
    The British marque’s 591 hp concept just debuted at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy…
    From sports cars to SUVs, here are the year’s top luxury vehicles…
    The McLaren 570S offers potent performance, a twin-turbo V-8, and driving it fast is addictive.
    The Audi R8 V10 Plus variant’s extra 70 hp nearly puts it in the supercar league...
    Photo by Halston Pitman
    The Porsche Cayman GT4 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 183...
    XDiavel’s charismatic performance manages to redefine long-held preconceptions of the cruiser genre…
    Built to commemorate the 100th running of the Indy 500, the racecar will sell to help save lives…
    The Texas-based tuner expects to milk up to another 100 hp from the model when available…
    Photo by Patrick Ernzen ©RM Sotheby's
    From a winning 1966 Shelby Cobra to a Ford GT40, most cars in the collection should fetch millions…