The Prancing Horse has opened the door to its stables to reveal a special version of its 458 car. It was previously rumored that it would be dubbed the Ferrari 458 Monte Carlo, but that bad idea did not reach fruition. The Ferrari 458 Speciale certainly seems to be exactly what the name claims: special. This new addition to the supercar family effortlessly blends extreme technology with futuristic innovation to create a truly remarkable machine.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale at a glance:
- 4.5-liter V8 engine from the Berlinetta. It has been revved to produce 596 horsepower, up from the 562 in the standard 458 Italia. Every horse counts.
- The Speciale is a svelte version, having dropped some curb weight. She tips the scales at a modest 2,844 pounds. For comparison purposes, the Ferrari 458 Italia weighs 3,274 pounds.
- Performance figures are impressive for the 458 Speciale. It hits the 0-60 mile per hour jump in 3 seconds. It can reach 124 miles per hour in just 9.1 seconds.
- Best lap time around the Fiorano course was 1m 23.5s.
The cockpit is the ultimate in exotic sports colors and materials
Love the carbon fiber details
The main emphasis for the 458 Speciale has been in the aerodynamics arena. The car is showing off some firsts from Ferrari, solutions that will pave the way for a leaner, meaner, and faster future. Notice the reworked rear and front, including movable nose flaps that activate at 105 miles per hour. The flaps reduce drag and generate more downforce. There are also side vanes ahead of rear wheel arches, similar to the hyberbeast LaFerrari. These features are finished off with a completely new spoiler and rear diffuser. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires were developed just for the 458 Speciale.
While many would label the cabin of the Ferrari 458 Speciale ‘bare bones’, it is actually quite luxurious for a supercar. There are glorious exposed carbon fiber touches, a two-point race harness, and sporty red and black leather complete with hand stitching.