What could be better than driving a Ferrari? Well, how about driving a Ferrari convertible? How about driving the newest Ferrari convertible, the 2001 360 Modena Spider? Well what a coincidence, we just happen to have one right here. So let’s fire it up and see how much fun driving can be, when you go bareback in the open air on a prancing horse! CAR & DRIVER MAGAZINE: Best Convertibles - Ferrari 360 Spyder Five price categories. Five winners. Our choice for the ultimate in top-down motoring. while at the wheel of the new 360 Spider, we did drive through that curved cavern, and although we didn't quite reach 186 mph, we did get to 8500 rpm, which we think is just as much fun and not nearly as dangerous. See, the unattenuated sounds coming from the rear of the Spider at those revs are just about worth the $171,000 price of admission. That soundtrack mixes a soft pulsing zing from the valvetrain with the bright, edgy blare from the four exhaust tips and then overlays it with an uninhibited induction howl from a scoop behind the driver's left ear. With Ferrari North America's new British boss, Stuart Robinson, in the right-hand seat, we accelerated hard through the tunnel and let the cascading sound effects bounce and tumble around us, finally emerging into the sunlight laughing like madmen. But the Spider is not just about wonderful noises. It's also about driving alfresco while smelling the perfume of Alpine flowers and the mixed aroma of beer and coffee that wafts from bars in small Provencal villages set in from the coast. And because the car is so stiff in structure and well endowed in the engine and suspension departments, it's about high speed, too. The Ferrari 360 Spider and BMW Z8 have overwhelmingly distinctive personalities, each reflecting a fabled automaker. But, as one staff member put it, "The Z8 Roadster looks back, whereas the 360 Spider looks forward. We often savor yesterday, but here let's celebrate tomorrow." Included in this celebration: "I've become a real fan of the Ferrari's paddle-shifter," wrote one driver, "principally because of the technology it embodies—and it works so well!" But there's always a tradeoff: "Actually, I prefer Ferrari's traditional manual," wrote another. "When I execute an artful downshift, I like to think it's my artistry, not some computer chip's." Either way, the Ferrari is a rolling bit of Maranello heritage, known to enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. "Recognition—and extreme swoopiness—are two-edge swords," advised one driver. "Ironically, I'm unable to enjoy the 360's immense performance without attracting a whole lot of attention—and potentially the wrong sort of it."
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