2001 Ferrari 360 Spider First Drive Road Test Review Car and Driver

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That’s 186-plus an hour in local speed and it’s completely inconceivable to who’s ever driven that tunnel. Later, at the wheel of the new 360 Spider, we did drive that curved cavern, and we didn’t quite reach 186 we did get to 8500 rpm, which we is just as much fun and not nearly as

See, the unattenuated sounds from the rear of the Spider at revs are just about the $171,000 price of admission. soundtrack mixes a soft zing from the valvetrain the bright, edgy blare the four exhaust tips and overlays it with an uninhibited howl from a scoop the driver’s left ear.

With Ferrari North new British boss, Stuart in the right-hand seat, we accelerated through the tunnel and let the cascading effects bounce and tumble us, finally emerging into the laughing like madmen.

But the is not just about wonderful It’s also about alfresco while smelling the of Alpine flowers and the mixed of beer and coffee that from bars in small villages set in from the coast. And the car is so stiff in structure and well in the engine and suspension departments, about high speed,

The 360-series was designed from the to be supplied in both coupe and forms — an outcome somewhat easier by the car’s aluminum space frame. any roofectomy requires some reinforcements.

By beefing up the car’s frame at the lower longitudinal cowl uprights, and upper spars behind the rear Ferrari achieved structural that is 20 percent better in than in the preceding 355 Spider, and 25 better in bending. Because is used instead of steel the Spider weighs just 132 more than the 360 coupe.

Leather-wrapped rollover bars into the space frame behind the passenger compartment in concert with a beefed-up frame to achieve rollover results that reportedly the coupe’s.

Ferrari 360

During our various in and around Monaco, a little shiver was the only evidence of the decapitation. When you take account the high levels of feel and steering feedback present in the 360, this tremor is pretty much in the mix.

Housing the fully powered top was a challenge, given the mid-engined of the 360-series cars, and Ferrari handed the design and fabrication off to CDS, a Porsche/Mercedes-Benz cooperative that supplies powered for both of those brands.

CDS used shared Ferrari CAD to develop a one-touch mechanism eight hydraulic actuators and two motors in an articulating aluminum and structure.

The top folds double and itself under a hard cover — complete stubby fins — slides back, lifts and then lowers into during the elaborate 20-second performed by the top mechanism. A screen between and within the roll effectively reduces wind and the cockpit remains tranquil at high speed.

When erect, the fabric-top flaunts little flying at both sides of the plastic window that cover and emulate — the look of the The top is altogether a fairly seamless with a carefully tensioned roof liner to hide the from occupants.

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