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Lid lifted on Ferrari 488 Spider at Frankfurt show | Auto Express

New Ferrari 488 Spider joins GTB coupe, with its 660bhp V8 sending it from 0-62mph in 3 seconds.

Ferrari has revealed the second member of the 488 family: the Spider. The open-top, V8 supercar arrives only six months after the GTB was first introduced, and becomes the most powerful drop-top ever to come out of Maranello. It has made its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will arrive in dealers next summer.

As with the 458 Spider that went before it, the 488 uses a two-piece retractable hard-top. It’s 25kg lighter than the fabric roof used on the old F430 Spider. Like every drop-top Ferrari, the 488’s roof can only be operated when the car is stationary forsafety reasons, but it can then be neatly and electrically stowed under the new flying buttresses in 14 seconds.

The added strengthening required to make up for the loss of a fixed roof means the Spider is 50kg heavier than the 488 GTB, but it’s still 10kg lighter than a 458 Spider. However, the aluminum chassis and body construction means the new car’s retained the same torsional rigidity as the coupé.

Also carried over from the GTB is the new 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 and seven-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission. Developing 660bhp at 8,000rpm and 760Nm of torque at 3,000rpm, the Spider has a claimed 0-62mph time of three seconds flat. That’s identical to the hard-top GTB’s time, and 0.4 seconds faster than the old 458 Spider powered by the 562bhp 4.5-litre naturally aspirated V8. Roof up or down, the 488 will top out at 203mph, yet Ferrari claims 24.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 260g/km.

The manufacturer has also fitted an electric glass rear wind stop, which can be adjusted to three positions. Even when the roof is in place, the glass section can be lowered so that the driver can be exposed to the full V8 soundtrack.

As well as being Ferrari’s fastest-ever Spider, the 488 is claimed to be the most aerodynamically efficient drop-top from the brand. This is due to aerodynamic features such as the active front bumper and blown rear spoiler carried over from the GTB.

Ferrari 488 Spider

To make the 488 even more engaging to drive than the 458 Spider, Ferrari has tweaked the electronic aids. The second-generation Slide Slip Angle Control System (SSC2) now allows the driver greater freedom with throttle inputs, with less intrusive traction control. Ferrari claims the result is 12 per cent faster acceleration out of corners than in the 458 Spider, with nine per cent improvements in steering and throttle responses.

Official pricing for the 488 Spider will be announced closer to its Frankfurt show debut, but expect a premium of around £20,000 over the £183,947 488 GTB.

Source: Lid lifted on Ferrari 488 Spider at Frankfurt show | Auto Express

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Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition

Aston Martin: Amazing DB9 GT Bond Edition was released on September 2nd, also to mark the release of the new movie Spectre.
Only 150 examples.

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DB9 GT Bond Edition Rear Rear

Honestly, things move so fast. I completely forgot to mention that the DB9 GT Bond Edition was released on 2 September with 150 being made.

The 6.0-litre V12-engined grand tourer features special Spectre Silver paint; sterling silver Aston Martin badges front and rear; and discreet ‘007 Bond Edition’ exterior badging.

These features build on the styling of the DB9 GT which includes 10-spoke gloss black diamond turned 20in alloy wheels; bright aluminium bonnet vents, side strakes and grille; carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, and grey brake calipers.

Inside, the DB9 GT Bond Edition continues its subtle homage to James Bond with unique numbered sill plaques featuring the familiar 007 logo; gun barrel embroidery on the 2+2’s rear seat divider and a special Bond Edition start-up screen on the new model’s AMi II touch-sensitive Aston Martin infotainment system.

These embellishments add to the car’s already luxurious interior environment…

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Mercedes C-Class Coupe

Do you like Mercedes?
Today we will talk about one of the most elegant models of the brand Mercedes, the C-Class Coupe.

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The Mercedes C-Class Coupe is a sleek and sporty-looking three-door Mercedes that rivals the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 Coupe.

As you can see, the undisguised front end reveals a similar face to the C-Class sedan, which itself, shares a family resemblance with the S-Class, though the hood on the Coupe appears slightly flatter and more elongated while the headlamps seem to stretch back more.

The C-Class Coupe’s profile, sloping roofline and rear end are all heavily influenced by the S-Class Coupe.

Since it’s based on the C-Class sedan, it will have a similar interior, albeit with a four-seat layout, and engine range of four and six-cylinder petrol and four-cylinder diesel engines (at least in Europe) for the regular models, and a turbocharged 4.0L V8 for the C63 AMG available in two guises, with 470hp (476PS) and 503hp (510PS) for the ‘S’.

In addition, all C-Class coupes offer a choice of either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.