Fer­rari to dis­play open Spi­der ver­sion of 458 Italia at show

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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