Could a drop-top version of the Ferrari 458 Italia be on the way? Find out how long it will take before the car enters production.

Reports out of Italy are indicating that Ferrari will eventually begin production of a convertible version of their latest model.  An article on quotes Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo as saying that the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider could hit the market in the coming years.

"[Deliveries of the 458 Italia] will begin in the second half of January," Montezemolo said.  "We also plan a spider version, but not for a couple of years."

Formally shown off for the first time in Frankfurt, the Ferrari 458 Italia is the replacement for the F430.  The latest machine recieves almost 570 horsepower and up to 540 Nm of torque courtesy of the 4.5-liter V8 engine.  Drivers will control that power via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.  The car is capable of a 3.4-second 0-100 km/h sprint, and a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).

Pricing for the Ferrari 458 Italia is estimated at €197,000.

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