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Wow. They didn’t hang around with this one. Nope. Barely three months since we first got our hands on the GTB, here comes the 488 Spider. A generation ago, you’d wait ages for a new Ferrari, and the gap between coupe and convertible would be 18 months. Now they’re like buses. Interesting comparison. How many twin-turbo, 661bhp buses have you heard of? The point is Ferrari is very business-like these days. It knows that it needs to keep the new product flowing fast. The flotation on the US stock market is under way (the IPO values Ferrari at approximately $10bn) which means the company is being scrutinised by merciless high-end financiers and needs to stake out the lush territory somewhere between luxury and technology for maximum investment potential. Then there’s the fact that new invariably equals good at this end of the market. Not to mention that the sales split between Spider and GTB is almost 50/50. In fact, in the UK 54 per cent of 458 Italias sold were convertibles. In other words, it’s important. And we thought this was about fast, beautiful cars.