Ferrari engineers may not like turbochargers on principle but they’ve embraced the technology in recent times as a strategy to build performance and still meet ever-tightening CO2 output levels. The 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 in the 488 GTB and Spider models (488 signals 488cc per cylinder) is the freshest example of that direction. To mark the Spider’s introduction at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, Ferrari released a video showing the engine assembly, complete with comments from Andrea Antichi, head engine assembly at the Montaggio Motori plant in Maranello.
The Spider is arguably the most powerful open-top Ferrari to date. It’s rated at 661 horsepower at 8,000 rpm (that’s a 100 more ponies than the previous 4.5-liter V8 in the previous 458 Spider) with 583 lb-ft torque at 3,000 rpm. Considerable technology went into the twin-scroll turbos to reduce lag, such as using ball-bearing-mounted shafts and constructing the compressor wheel with a titanium/aluminum alloy. And Ferrari leverages other engine tricks from the Italian automaker such as direct injection, variable pressure oiling and the trademark flat-plane crankshaft. The engine is also backed up by an F1-style 7-speed dual-clutch tranny. It’ll go from 0-62 mph in three seconds flat along with topping out at over 200 mph — all the while recording over 24.7 mph on the highway.
The video clearly showcases the clean and organized facilities, although the dyno room is awfully crowded with wires and sensors to pull as much info as needed for the tests. Still makes you drool, however.