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Monday, November 10, 2008

Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M

At this past weekend's 2008 Ferrari World finals in Mugello, Italy -- an event that serves as a season capper to Ferrari's numerous racing efforts -- the Prancing Horse unveiled a race-bred version of its F430 Spider called the Scuderia Spider 16M.

Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M side view

An in-the-sheetmetal celebration of 2008 Ferrari's Formula 1 Constructor's championship, the Spider 16M is being billed by Ferrari as the fastest convertible ever around its famed Fiorano circuit (we're assuming that means it's faster than the California). Judging by the specs, the car is similar in nature to its F430 Scuderia hardtop sibling, with the 4.3-liter V-8 pumping out some 503 horsepower (in U.S. spec). Ferrari says the 16M can blast from 0 to 62 mph in a blistering 3.7 sec. on to a top speed of 195 mph -- that'll dry your hair in a hurry.

The Scuderia Spider 16M will come in two color schemes: a standard black with gray livery or a tricolor theme. If you were wondering what the 16 stands for, it's for Ferrari's 16th Formula 1 constructor's title, and special plaques on the grille and the dash will remind all 499 customers of their supercar's exclusivity.

Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M rear three quarter
Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M cockpit

Being a high-end convertible, the roll-bar has been fitted with a carbon-fiber outer shell and Ferrari decided to kick up the tunes with a special audio system featuring a removable Ferrari iPod Touch with a central dock. The kids will love it. Expect the 16M to check in somewhere in the $300,000 range when it goes on sale, and expect Ferrari to sell every last one of them.

Below are the official specifications for the Spider 16M from Ferrari:


. Naturally aspirated mid-rear 90? V8, 4308 cc
. Maximum power output 375.4 kW (510 hp) at 8500 rpm
. Maximum torque 470 Nm (47.7 Kgm) at 5250 rpm
. Max engine speed 8640 rpm (at limiter)
. Compression ratio 11.9:1
. Bore and Stroke 92 mm X 81 mm
. Specific power output 118.4 hp/litre
. Six-speed plus Reverse F1 gearbox
. Dry dual clutch
. Electronic differential E-diff + F1-Trac
. Oil gearbox lubrication with oil/water heat exchanger

Performance, fuel consumption, emissions
. Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3.7 s
. Maximum speed 315 kph
. Drive weight/power 2.6 kg/hp
. Fuel consumption 15.7 l/100 km (combined ECE)
. CO2 emissions 360 g/km (combined ECE)
Chassis and bodywork
. Car dimensions:
- Length 4512 mm
- Width 1923 mm
- Height 1216 mm

Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M interior

- Wheelbase 2600 mm
- Front track 1669 mm
- Rear track 1616 mm
. Dry weight * 1340 kg (-80 kg vs F430 Spider)
. Kerb weight * 1440 kg
. Weight distribution 43% front, 57% rear
. Fuel tank capacity 95 litres
. Independent front and rear forged aluminium double wishbone suspensions, titanium helical springs, hollow anti-roll bars and lighter electronic shocks . 398mm X 36mm carbon-ceramic material front brake discs with aluminium 6-pot calipers . 350mm X 34mm carbon-ceramic material rear disc brakes with aluminium 6-pot calipers
. 19" five-spoke split rims front and rear
. Tyres: 235/35 front and 285/35 rear; Fabbrica Pirelli PZero Corsa only
Electronic control systems
. CST Stability and Traction Control System. Steering wheel-mounted manettino with five settings to integrate the F1 gearbox, CST and F1-Trac (Stability and Traction Control System), suspension control.
*Figures refer to the European market versions

Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M front
Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M rear
Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M gauges
Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M plaque