Ferrari has released pictures and details of its new 458 Spider, the convertible version of the stunning 458 Italia two-seat coupe.
The 458 Spider replaces the 430 Spider. It will have a folding hard top instead of the canvas top offered on the 430.
The two-seat 458 Spider will be unveiled Sept. 12 at the Frankfurt auto show. Sales in Europe begin in September; U.S. shipments follow in the first quarter.
The Spider will cost more than the coupe, which in Italy starts at 197,000 euros.
Ferrari customers normally pay another 15 percent to 20 percent on top of the car list price by purchasing personalization items from the company's Carrozzeria Scaglietti program. These items range from 5,760 euros for racing carbon fiber seats to 2,640 euros for a rear view camera.
Ferrari says its patented, fully retractable hard top is a world first for rear engine sports cars. The aluminum top offers a number of advantages over the traditional folding soft top, including a reduction of 25 kg in weight and a deployment time of just 14 seconds.