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Published on June 7th, 2021 | by Joshua Chin

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Ferrari SF90 Spider Officially Launched In Malaysia

This drop-top hybrid Ferrari lands locally with a pre-tax price tag of RM 2.088 million. 

Following on from the local launch last year of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, Naza Italia has recently officially debut its drop-top Spider sibling over here too. Arriving in Malaysia a little bit more than half a year since its global unveiling, this new 1,000 PS hybrid convertible supercar bears a pre-tax (and pre-personalisation) price tag of RM 2.088 million. 

Essentially much the same car as its coupe counterpart, the star of the show with this SF90 Spider over the Stradale will naturally be its folding metal hard top. An evolution of the version that first premiered on the 458 Spider back in 2011, this latest and greatest iteration of Ferrari’s retractable hard top (RHT) takes just 14 seconds to turn this prancing horse from a sunshine-mobile to a cozy cruiser. 

This aluminium-skinned roof has also been claimed to be 40 kg lighter, and takes up to 100 litres less space than a conventional system. All the while however still maintaining the capability of being electrically operated while on the move, as well as featuring an adjustable electric rear window between those two buttresses to minimise buffeting at speed. 

And speed is still very much on the agenda of this drop-top Ferrari, as the SF90 Spider is still capable of the same blistering 2.5 seconds century sprint time of its coupe cousin. A feat made possible thanks to its four-wheel-drive plug-in powertrain that is identical the Stradale, which to those unfamiliar consists of a trio of electric motors with a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 mated to eight-speed dual-clutch transmission sandwiched in the middle of it all. 

Outputting the same 1,000 PS and 900 Nm of torque, the SF90 Spider does however lose out a tad to its fixed-roof brethren by being 0.5 seconds slower around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track. This is mainly due to the extra 100 kg of heft on the cabriolet in contrast to the coupe, which comes in the form of the retractable hard top mechanism and the extra chassis reinforcements. 

What is lost though in out-and-out performance to its static-roofed sibling, the SF90 Spider does nevertheless gain it back in the looks department. That is because while the buttresses and the lack of a roof in the middle may be the only obvious visual changes over the Stradale, this new Ferrari cabriolet is actually just that little bit sleeker too, courtesy of a more steeply raked windscreen and a marginally (by 20 mm) lower roof line than the coupe. 

Now moving on inside, the only major change within the SF90 Spider would be the addition of a roof operation switch on the carbon fibre centre console. The rest of the interior meanwhile is virtually identical to its coupe cousin, which in turn means that this drop-top Ferrari as standard with a 16-inch digital instrument display, a heads up display, sports seats and a button-fest of a sports steering wheel. 

Much like the SF90 Stradale too, a veritable variety of options are to be added on to the Spider. The highlight of which would be the Assetto Fiorano package that adds race-spec Multimatic shock absorbers for what Ferrari claim to be ‘optimised for track use’, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, a carbon-fibre rear spoiler, an optional two-tone livery as well as various lightweight carbon fibre and titanium add ons. 

Priced a little bit more than its coupe counterpart that currently retails for RM 1.905 million over here, it will be rather intriguing to see the number of takers for this drop-top Ferrari locally. Malaysia, with its blazing sun and all, is not really considered prime convertible weather, though the lack of a roof does make that V8 roar out the back just that little bit more audible and exciting. 

PRESS RELEASE: Naza Italia, Official Importer and Distributor of the Ferrari brand in Malaysia, has introduced the spider version of the SF90 Stradale, the SF90 Spider. Ferrari’s first retractable hard top hybrid was unveiled to Malaysians in a digital debut.

As the Prancing Horse’s first production plug-in hybrid spider, the SF90 Spider sets new performance and innovation benchmarks not only for the marque’s range, but for the entire sports car sector. The new convertible has the same extreme supercar specification and record-breaking performance as the SF90 Stradale yet also adds greater driving pleasure and versatility to the mix, thanks to latest iteration of Ferrari’s signature retractable hard top architecture. This makes the SF90 Spider the ideal car for owners that demand the very pinnacle of Ferrari technology, but still want the thrill of open-top driving.

“The Ferrari SF90 Spider, like the SF90 Stradale it’s designed after, is a dynamic performer and whilst it retains the overall look and feel of its successor, the spider version further impresses with new stylistic, aerodynamic and technical features that set new benchmarks for performance, innovation and quality of drive for extreme supercars. We know it will offer our clients’ an incredibly rewarding driving experience which fulfils their automotive desires and we are thrilled to present this to the local market,“ said Dato’ Nik Hamdam Nik Hassan, Group CEO, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd.

The retractable hard top (RHT) was again adopted because it guarantees optimal noise insulation and protection from the elements when raised, does not deform at high speeds and provides exceptional occupant space and comfort. The RHT is so compact, simple and light it can be actioned in just 14 seconds and can be deployed when the car is on the move. The key to the success of the Ferrari RHT, which premiered on the 458 Spider in 2011, and which has been constantly evolved in the intervening years, is that it takes up just 100 litres of space rather than the 150-200 litres required by a traditional system. The use of aluminium in its construction also means that it is around 40 kg lighter than a conventional retractable hard top. An adjustable electric rear window guarantees superb occupant comfort even at high speeds when the RHT is lowered.

As is the case with the SF90 Stradale, the SF90 Spider is also available with an additional specification option for owners that want to push its track car vocation to the extreme. The Assetto Fiorano pack includes a list of exclusive upgrades that set it apart from the standard car, not least Multimatic shock absorbers derived from the Ferrari’s GT racing experience and optimised for track use. Others include the adoption of high-performance materials (such as carbon-fibre and titanium) that have shaved 21 kg off the car’s weight, a carbon-fibre rear spoiler and road-homologated Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres designed to improve track performance in the dry, thanks to a softer compound and fewer grooves. Lastly, the Assetto Fiorano offers an optional two-tone livery that further underscores the car’s racing vocation.

The Ferrari SF90 Spider is available from the base price of RM 2,088,000 (before duties, customization options, taxes and insurance). For further details, contact the Ferrari Malaysia Showroom.

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