Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mansory Design Unveils Ferrari 458 Spider Monaco version


German car alteration gurus Mansory Design have turned their notice one of Italy’s finest convertibles, the Ferrari 458 Spider. The company claims to have abridged the weight, improved the presentation, and updated the styling of the car with the Monaco version, which is limited to just three units.
Mansory says the use of carbon fiber for the new face splitter, hood, side skirts, rear diffuser, and other mechanism drops 132 pounds from the curb weight of the donor Ferrari 458 Spider. The car now wears a slew of gray carbon slats on each side of the headlights, as well as famous gray skirts that help channel air to the rear wheels. Inside, Mansory reupholstered the seats in a mix of leather and Alcantara, using red diamonds on white stripes to symbolize the official colors of Monaco. We think the seats seem like a pack of playing cards.
More presentation comes in the form of a new air intake and tire, and a reprogrammed engine computer. The tweaks are believed to bump the 4.5-liter V-8 engine’s output from 570 hp to 590 hp, and from 398 lb-ft to 413lb-ft of torque. Mansory claims the 548 Spider will thus run the 0-to-62-mph sprint in 3.2 seconds, down from 3.4 seconds as claimed by Ferrari, while managing a top speed of 205 mph, up from Ferrari’s quoted utmost of 198 mph.
The final upgrades appear in the form of new shock absorbers and lowering springs that drop the Ferrari 458 Spider by 0.8 inch. Mansory-designed black wheels, measuring 20 inches in front and 21 inches rear are shod in muggy Michelin PS2 tires.
With just three copies on offer, act rapidly if you want one of the unique Ferrari 458 Spider Monaco Edition cars. Or perhaps just save some cash by trade the regular, unmolested roadster from Ferrari.


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