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One of the “it” cars at the moment is the new Ferrari 458 Italia. All those who have been lucky enough to drive it say it is perhaps one of the best driving machines ever made.
However, those who prefer to drive topless (we mean, with the roof down) have been waiting for the Spider version. Now according to new rumors, Ferrari is working on the drop-top 458 and it will likely feature a folding hard-top.
This won’t be the first Ferrari to adopt a retracting hard-top, since this feature has been available on the current California model for a couple of years now. A 180-degree rotating roof was also offered on the 575 Super America model, which had a special glass roof.
As for this models official unveiling, it is suggested to be in Frankfurt this year. That means, you’ll be able to enjoy the magic of the 458 Spider by next summer. Better start saving up now because if the current coupe has a base price of $225,000; the convertible will certainly be more expensive.
The Lexus SC430 has trundled on for 10 long years as the convertible of choice for Lexus devotees who are well heeled enough to buy a hardtop convertible, and don’t want the sporty driving dynamics of a Mercedes SL or BMW 6-Series – in short, wealthy old people.
Now, after a decade of production, the big Lexus is being put out to pasture. Falling demand (less than 1000 sold in 2009, with 70% sold in America) has been blamed for the vehicle’s cancellation, and a new hybrid-powered droptop, being dubbed the SC600h is apparently on the way. If you still crave an SC430, 300 are being produced for this model year, and your local Lexus dealer would likely be glad to sell you one, or one of their leftover stock from previous years.
[Source: Motor Trend]