Ferrari to display open Spider version of 458 Italia at show
FERRARI shows this open Spider version of the 458 Italia at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Ferrari’s patented fully retractable hard top covers things up when required – a world first for a car of this layout. The 4.5 litre V8 behind the seats gives dramatic performance, with 562bhp and a 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds. Official fuel consumption averages a respectable 24mpg for a car capable of 198mph. CO2 is 275g/km. The gearbox is a seven speed dual clutch automatic. Price: awaited.
Maserati, Ferrari’s budget understudy in Fiat Group, is showing a GranCabrio with design features from the luxury fashion house of Fendi. Silvia Venturini Fendi created a bespoke three-layered paint, Grigio Fiamma Fendi – dark grey with an iridescent golden finish. The wood trim Pergamena Fendi runs across the width of the dashboard, on the doors and on the top of the gear lever, all in the iconic Fendi yellow, like the brake callipers and the embroidered yellow trident on the headrests. Prices: awaited.
Exotic sports cars do not figure in the Euro NCap crash tests, carried out mostly on mainstream models.
The latest tests by the independent agency award a maximum five stars to Audi A6, BMW X3, Chevrolet Aveo and Orlando, Citroën DS5, Hyundai i40, VW Golf cabriolet and Jetta and the Opel/Vauxhall extended range electric car. Tougher tests are coming in 2012 and NCap warns that none of the cars would meet the next five star pedestrian standard. This year the A6, Ampera and DS5 only just achieved it. The DS5 and X3 get plaudits for their emergency call systems.
The lack of electronic stability control (ESC) on all models sold in Europe was one reason why the newly launch Kia Picanto was demoted to four stars. From next year all newly-launched cars in Europe must have ESC.
All new Picantos on sale in Britain do have ESC but the model fared worse than many city car rivals, notes NCap, losing marks when a rear door came open, “marginal” chest protection in one test, and marginal whiplash protection in a rear-end shunt. Bonnet impact on a pedestrian’s head and legs was also slated as poor or marginal.
ADVANCED: The Ferrari 458 Spider, top, and, above, the Citroen DS5 in crash testing, winning plaudits for its emergency call systems.