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2002 Ferrari 360 Spider

  • 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider Base Convertible

    Base Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      400/275
    • ENGINE
      3.6L V8
    • MSRP
      $160,829
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2002 Ferrari 360 Spider Review

Nobody builds exotic cars like the Maranello men.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider has limited options that narrow to the exterior and interior colors, with well-equipped trim levels. The sleek design created by the Italian automaker proves eye-catching and sophisticated.

The inclusion of common standard features makes the Spider a desirable two-seat convertible.

The lightning-quick performance of the Spider marks one reason shoppers choose the ultra-exotic sports car. The eye-catching exterior design provides another good reason. The sloping nose, bulging fenders, and glass-covered engine hatch draw attention to the magnificent design.

Available in two trim levels, the Ferrari 360 comes in coupe or convertible styles. The Spider serves as the convertible version, coming in the base model and F1. The F1 has shift-paddles mounted on the steering wheel, similar to those on the Formula One racecars.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automated manual
Models: Ferrari 360 Modena Spider, Ferrari 360 Modena Spider F1

What's New

The fabulous Ferrari 360 Spider continues unchanged for 2002.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider looks recognizable from a distance due to its unique body design. The rounded lines, glass-covered engine hatch, bulging fenders, and sloping nose all combine to form the exclusive style of the convertible. The six colors available for the exotic-looking two-seater look vibrant and bright, adding to the attention factor. The body, suspension components, and chassis use an aluminum construction, which makes the Spider weigh less than similar autos. The wheelbase of the Spider measures 102.3 inches. The overall length totals 176.3 inches. The Spider convertible stands two inches taller than the 360 coupe.

The automatic top of the Spider stays hidden within a hard tonneau cover until rose. It only takes about four seconds to fully open. The convertible top comes in four attractive color choices.

Interior

The interior of the Ferrari 360 Spider looks as luxurious as expected in an automobile of this magnitude. The bucket seats have firm bolstering and come in various shades of leather. The driver may choose the upholstery stitching colors, as well. Cargo space remains a bit limited with an area behind the seats holding smaller items, such as a golf bag or tennis rackets. The front of the 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider convertible holds a convenient luggage storage area for additional items. Standard interior features include air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, leather upholstery, keyless entry, a CD player, and an interior air filtration system. However, it lacks cup holders.

Performance & Handling

The power of the 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider comes from a 3.6-liter V-8 that pumps 400 horsepower and 276 lb-ft torque. A manual six-speed comes standard with the semi-automatic as an option. The F1 version of the Spider comes with the steering-column-mounted paddles for swift operation of gear changes. The Formula One racecars utilize a similar system.

Acceleration seems impressive in the Spider reaching a speed of 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds. The Spider proves structurally sound with the inclusion of reinforced bulkhead areas, floor pans, and roll hoops. Choosing the rag top does not affect performance as one might expect. Even though the Spider has a higher drag coefficient, it performs the same as the coupe version without the open body style. The two-stage muffler and dual intake runners maintain the civil manners of the V-8. The top speed soars at 180 mph. The elevated speeds create an effective downforce during wind tunnel testing.

Safety

Government safety scores remain unavailable. Traction control, stability control, an engine immobilizer, and anti-lock brakes come standard on the 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider. Front airbags provide protection, but side airbags remain unavailable.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ferrari 360 Spider: 10/15 mpg city/highway
Ferrari 360 Spider F1: 10/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Attractive looks
  • Convertible style
  • Attention grabber
  • Exciting, powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • A little wide for tight spaces
  • High price

Sum Up

Nobody builds exotic cars like the Maranello men.

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