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Ferrari’s 458 Spider

Ferrari has revealed images of their 458 Spider ahead of its official launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The big news is the step away from norm that Ferrari has taken with this class of convertible. Instead of a fabric roof, Ferrari has made use of a metal folding roof. Quite a beautiful folding system in fact. With the roof up, the car looks almost identical to its fixed hard top brother. Ferrari have also worked their magic and designed the roof to be 25kg lighter than an equivalent soft top roof.

However the car is still 50kg heavier than the fixed hard top. Despite this slight weight gain, the 458 is still capable of reaching 60mph in 3.4 seconds and will reach a top speed of 198mph as opposed to the 202mph that the hard top is capable of.Check out this video of the 458 Spider in action:Ferrari 458 Spider

 

Fiat’s Plans for the Future

Fiat’s product plan has surfaced on the internet, showing what to expect from the likes of Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Fiat. This plan shows their upcoming models for the next three years.

Fiat, as a car manufacturer does not seem to have much planned for Europe. However, in 2012, they will be introducing the 500 Abarth to the American market, an electric 500, for the European, and very probably the American market. There should also be the next generation of Fiat Panda that will go on sale in 2012. In 2013 they also plan to introduce a 4-door version of the 500.

Alfa Romeo, on the other hand seem to have been keeping themselves busy, and will continue to do so for the next three years. Next year we should expect the launch of the fabulous 4C Coupe, which, if it does make production, should cost about 40,000 Euros. In 2013 the Giulia will finally be revealed to the world, as well as a variant of the Giulietta hatchback (a Giulietta Sportwagon maybe?). Their controversial SUV should also be available in 2013 as well as something called a 5-door subcompact. This is very probably a 5-door version of their MiTo. Then there is a also the possibility of the unveiling of a roadster in 2013, a replacement to the aging Spider. 2014 Alfa plan to show the Sportwagon version of the Giulia and the possibility of a replacement of the 166, which was dropped from the market in 2007.

Ferrari will be unveiling a convertible version of their sublime 458, a replacement for the 599 and an Enzo replacement in 2012. In 2013 a lightweight version of the 458 will be unveiled, as well as a freshened up California. In 2014 the 458 will also get a freshen up.

Maserati, will debut their rival for the BMW M5 in 2012 and in 2013 will see the next generation of Quattroporte being unveiled as well as their SUV. These three cars have a lot of weight on their shoulders since Maserati want these cars to up their annual sales to 50,000 units per year.

Fiat have a busy few years ahead of them, but nothing seems out of their reach. Stay tuned to see more of these up and coming models.