Outrun: the Ferrari 458 Spider driven
Top Gear magazine's Tom Ford takes a spin in Ferrari's new convertible. With fashion model in tow…
Posted: 03 Dec 2011
As with the exterior styling, this bit is a nicely elegant surprise. Pluck a single rocker switch on the centre console and the rear deck lifts up and back, the panel above your head splits along a line about two-thirds of the way down, and the roof itself rotates backwards, to be sandwiched once more by the rear section. It takes 14 seconds to open (or close, and only when standing still), and has the clean-and-tidy economy of movement that you don't usually find when you have to cram a large roof into a small space. It helps that the roof panels leave the almost-vestigial back window in place - becoming a wind-stop in the process - as well as the large and imposing rear buttresses, but it works, and it works well. Sort of a super-targa.