By on August 23, 2011

Oh look, a convertible Ferrari 458. And, true to the brand’s nouveau-riche poser image, it’s one of those awful, complex, weight-adding, retractable hardtops. What’s that, Autocar? You say the 458 uses a “pivoting” hardtop like the 575 Superamerica (rather than a hinged system), and that actually it’s 55 lbs lighter than the 430 Spyder’s ragtop? Plus, it leaves space for a “luggage bench behind the seats”? Well, damn. Arguing with that is like, well, arguing that no sportscar brand should ever give up the involvement of the manual transmission. No matter how badly I want to disapprove of nearly every thing Ferrari does these days, I just… well, let’s just say they don’t make it easy. Bastards.

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8 Comments on “What’s Wrong With This Picture: Along Came A Spyder Edition...”

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    Am I the only one that finds the look of modern Ferrari to be somewhat distasteful? They are very striking, attention grabbing designs, especially in person, but that’s not the same as beautiful. I get the same feeling I get when I see a Mercedes. It’s as if this car is designed to impress others, not to be beautiful in it’s own right.

    I think the Alpha Romeo 8C along with some Maserati have simpler, and ultimately nicer lines.

    I know the BB will crucify me now. I am prepared to take my lumps.

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      You’re not the only one. I totally agree with you. New Ferraris and Mercedes (I feel exactly the same way about these too) are sharp looking, flashy and look cool in a way, but I just don’t see the beauty.

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    I am going to need a bigger bed.

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    I actually think the current range is quite pretty, especially the front engine cars. The California for instance is lovely. This 458 Spyder looks better to me than some recent designs like the Enzo which were getting pretty weird.

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    Its…. beautiful…

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    It’s hard for people who like cars to knock Ferraris. Okay, how about this? “My” local Ferrari dealer talks towing on their home page:

    It’s free with your annual service!

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    I hope that retractable roof is fireproof.

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    Anyone else see a strong nod towards the 206/246 in that rear engine cover?

    Kind of odd they got rid of the signature clear engine cover though.

    I think the 458 is spectacular – in person. In photos you don’t really get a true sense of the fluid curves and elegant complexity of the thing.

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