Image courtesy of Hunter L. Williams
With the 2015 New York International Auto Show in full swing–Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals and Virgin Atlantic absorbed the city’s pulse from behind the wheel of an enviable machine. The luxury road trip took place in a feisty red Ferrari Italia convertible rental from Imagine Lifestyles, where the duo enjoyed several well-known pit stops along the route with professional photographer Hunter L. Williams of New York in tow.
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Ferrari has been busy celebrating 60 years of selling its exotic sports cars stateside. The company hosted an extravagant event on Rodeo Drive recently–including 60 of its finest specimens to commemorate the milestone and a luxury auction. It was at the auction that we discovered how much the Ferrari 458 Speciale A is worth: $900,000.
The gorgeous specimen took center stage for the auction, which was well-attended by local celebrities and those close to Ferrari.
Ferrari cars are never considered cheap or affordable, though prices do vary dramatically depending on model and collector value. This recent sale does not exactly indicate that future Ferrari 458 Speciale A cars will sell for such a sum. That particular car had the distinction of being the very first one sold Stateside, and chassis #1. One can acquire a Ferrari 458 spider for around $250k, and several other models for under the $200k marker.
Fans of the Ferrari 458 Speciale have even more to be excited about. The nice lady has removed her top for the entire world to see, and it looks incredible! Not only is the Speciale now a convertible, she packs a few more Prancing Horses for good measure.
Her full name is now the Ferrari 458 Speciale A. The ‘A’ stands for ‘Aperta’, which is Italian for ‘Open’. Now that we have cleared up that mystery, let’s get down to specs.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale A at a glance:
- She is packing a specialized 4.5-liter V8 capable of kicking out 597 horses and 398 pound-feet of torque.
- This is a tweaked version of the already amazing 458 Speciale. It boasts an aluminum drop roof that can be lowered in under 15 seconds. While it does add over 100 pounds to the overall curb weight, the extra power helps to combat that issue.
- The engine is paired with a seven-speed transmission with a twin-clutch and those adorable paddle shifters.
- Both the Speciale versions have Side Slip Angle Control (SSC). This assists with traction and rear diffs to combat the oops factor for inexperienced drivers.
- Even in convertible form, the 458 Speciale A can blast from 0-60 miles per hour in just 3 seconds. Yusss!
Fun fact: The Ferrari 458 Italia was first introduced back in 2009. While that seems like only yesterday, there could already be a successor on the horizon.