FERRARI HAS UNVEILED the 597bhp, stripped-out 458 Speciale.
Following on from the equally ‘focused’ 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia, the 458 Speciale features not just more power but less weight and active aerodynamics too.
The standard 458’s 570bhp 4.5-litre V8 has been fettled by Ferrari engineers to produce 597bhp, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 the company has ever produced and just 19bhp shy of the twin-turbocharged McLaren 12C. Weight saving measures also mean that Speciale has a dry weight of 1290kg, a saving of 90kg over the normal 458.
These improvements mean the Speciale has shaved 0.4 seconds of the 458’s 0-62mph sprint, hitting the magic 100km/h in 3.0 seconds dead. It will then hit 200km/h (124mph) in 9.1 seconds.
Styling changes were carried out by the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina but were lead by the need for greater aerodynamic performance. The results of this include front and rear moveable aerodynamics, which Ferrari say will be part of all its future cars, making the Speciale the most aerodynamically efficient production car in Ferrari’s history.
The Speciale also features new Side Slip angle Control (SSC) which instantly analyses the car’s slip angle and can then optimise torque distribution and torque management to make on-limit handling easier and more driver-friendly.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motorshow in September.