2019 Ferrari 488 Spider

What’s new

  • New 488 Pista model
  • Part of the first 488 Spider generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Astounding acceleration from its 661-hp turbocharged V8
  • Relatively easy to drive at any speed
  • Advanced traction and stability control systems
  • Impressive braking performance
  • Infotainment system is finicky to use
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Which 488 Spider does Edmunds recommend?

It's difficult to refer to any Ferrari as "standard," but without any trim levels to choose from, we strongly suggest the 488 Spider as it comes straight from the factory. Options do exist, but most are limited to personalization, such as paint colors and interior trim preferences. There is an optional upgraded audio system, but we'd save that money for a rainy day and simply soak up the sounds from the twin-turbo V8 engine.

Edmunds' Expert Review

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When Ferrari announced it was replacing the outgoing 458 with the then-new 488 for 2016, many enthusiasts scoffed at the idea of a turbocharged Ferrari, or at least one that's not named F40. But it's hard to argue with 661 horsepower, and even harder when Ferrari tames that power with its near-perfect set of stability and traction control systems. In short, the 488 has succeeded in surpassing the legendary performance of the 458 while remaining comfortable and easy to drive as almost any normal car. It's more than a little amazing.

Ferrari's even upping the ante for 2019 with the new 488 Pista. It comes with a revised engine good for 710 horsepower plus other changes that reduce the car's weight by about 175 pounds. Revised aerodynamics also give the Pista greater downforce at high speed.

Of course, other manufacturers are not sitting back and letting Ferrari bask in its accomplishments. McLaren offers a range of cars — from the 570GT to the 600LT all the way to the 720S — that take the fight directly to the Maranello factory. And Lamborghini's Huracan has finally come good with the new Performante, proving an excellent foil for the Ferrari's more subdued sound and styling. If you happen to have a quarter of a million dollars to spend on a sports car, these are very good choices to have.

Ferrari 488 Spider models

The 488 GTB's Trim Levels

The 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider doesn't come in any trim levels. Instead, Ferrari offers a wide array of personalization options, from paint color to carbon-fiber trim to custom luggage. Highlight features include:

  • 661-horsepower 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine
  • Seven-speed dual clutch transmission
  • Advanced traction and stability control systems
  • Instrument panel-mounted navigation
  • Keyless start
  • Full leather seats

The 488 Pista is an upgraded version that comes with:

  • Revised engine good for 710 horsepower
  • Weight-saving measures such as less sound-deadening material
  • Optional carbon-fiber wheels


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    Features & Specs

    2dr Convertible features & specs
    2dr Convertible
    3.9L 8cyl Turbo 7AM
    MPG 15 city / 22 hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission7-speed automated manual
    Horsepower661 hp @ 8000 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite 488 Spider safety features:

    Anti-Lock Brakes
    Helps prevent wheels from locking up even under heavy braking.
    Side Slip Control System
    Helps the driver maintain the ideal line through a corner.
    Electronic Stability Control
    Reacts to wheelspin to keep the driver in control under acceleration.

    Ferrari 488 Spider vs. the competition

    Ferrari 488 Spider vs. McLaren 600LT Spider

    Putting up a mere 592 horsepower to the Ferrari's 661 hp, the 600LT might not seem like much competition for the Ferrari. But the McLaren weighs considerably less and is just as eye-wateringly rapid over any road. The 600LT is more singular in purpose compared to the more well-rounded Ferrari.

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    Ferrari 488 Spider vs. Porsche 911

    While the 911 Turbo S may not have the same eye-catching looks as the 488, it's certainly not hurting for performance. In the Porsche, comfort is less compromised for the sake of performance. And with its comparatively low-key appearance, it can slip in and out of most situations without raising an eyebrow.

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    Ferrari 488 Spider vs. Lamborghini Huracan

    The Huracan Performante is the perfect foil to the 488 Spider. Packing a 630-horsepower V10 engine in new Performante trim, the Huracan is now at its best stage yet. The Ferrari might have the finer details of driving down a bit better, but the Lamborghini is an absolute mind-bender.

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    Is the Ferrari 488 Spider a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 488 Spider both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Ferrari 488 Spider fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 488 Spider gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 488 Spider has 8.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ferrari 488 Spider. Learn more
    What's new in the 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider:

    • New 488 Pista model
    • Part of the first 488 Spider generation introduced for 2016
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    Is the Ferrari 488 Spider reliable?
    To determine whether the Ferrari 488 Spider is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 488 Spider. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 488 Spider's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 488 Spider is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider?

    The least-expensive 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider is the 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl Turbo 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $291,627.

    Other versions include:

    • 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $291,627
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    What are the different models of Ferrari 488 Spider?
    If you're interested in the Ferrari 488 Spider, the next question is, which 488 Spider model is right for you? 488 Spider variants include 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl Turbo 7AM). For a full list of 488 Spider models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2019 Ferrari 488 Spider Overview

    The 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider is offered in the following submodels: 488 Spider Convertible. Available styles include 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl Turbo 7AM).

    What do people think of the 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 488 Spider.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 488 Spider featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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