The 360 Spider is the 20th convertible road car in Ferrari's history - but the first from the Italian super-luxury carmaker to offer a fully electric soft-top roof system.
With the 360 Spider, Ferrari's main aim was to improve body rigidity and passenger comfort compared with the F355 Spider it replaces.
The 360 Spider is derived from the 360 Modena coupe, and Ferrari also wanted the convertible to match the coupe's high-performance figures.
Ferrari claims to have increased the 360 Spider's body rigidity by 65 percent compared with the F355 Spider. Passenger legroom has been increased by 45mm, and headroom by 50mm.
The 360 Spider takes 4.6 seconds to accelerate from 0-100kph - just 0.1 of a second slower than the Modena coupe. Top speed has been cut by 5kph but remains 'over 290kph,' says Ferrari.
The USA, Germany and the UK are expected to account for 75 percent of 360 Spider sales. For the F355 Spider, the USA took 47 percent of production, Germany 16 percent and the UK 12 percent.
The 360 Spider will make up 35-40 percent of total 360 production - or about 1,000 units a year.