The new 2010 Ferrari 16M Scuderia Spider is based off of the F430 Spider. Same engine. Same transmission. Similar chassis. So why does it cost an extra $80,000? Because the differences between the two cars make the new Scuderia one of the fastest and most nimble cars ever to hit the streets.
The engine has received a bit of extra tuning, boosting the horsepower by 20 up to 503 and adding 4 more lb-ft of torque, for a total of 347. The suspension has also received a few tweaks, and harder springs mated to wider tires on 19-inch wheels will make the Scuderia Spider more stable than its already stable F430 sister. Take these additions, then subtract 175 pounds of mass, and you have the fastest street-legal production convertible Ferrari has ever made.
The Scuderia Spider is a bit slower than the Scuderia coupe. Acceleration times are down by half a second in the 0-to-60 mph test and the loss of about 30% of the chassis’ rigidity from chopping off the roof makes the convertible less nimble around the corners compared to the coupe. However, these differences will be minimal to all but the most attentive drivers, and the acceleration differences would only really be noticed by somebody with a stop watch. Unless, of course, you’re in a Scuderia Spider and are drag racing a Scuderia Coupe, but that situation only really happens on the manufacturers test tracks, so it’s not much of a worry.
All told, the 2010 Ferrari 16M Scuderia Spider costs $313,350. The Formula 1-derived engineering found in the F430 has been enhanced and added to in the Scuderia, although the F430 already did such a good job at it that there wasn’t much to improve. If you’re really looking for an incredibly fast Ferrari, try out the V12-powered 599 GTB coupe. That more powerful car with a few options will cost about the same as the Scuderia Spider. If, however, you want great speed and the wind in your hair, the 2010 Ferrari 16M Scuderia Spider is the way to go.