Ferrari 458 Speciale
The Ferrari 458 Speciale will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The special edition Ferrari is for those that would like a 458, but want something a little more special than the standard car. The car promises even better performance than the 458 Italia and has some styling differences that separate it from the standard car.
At first glance the Speciale looks the same as the Italia or Spider, but on further inspection you start to notice the design differences. The car has a more aggressive front end with the addition of cooling vents that help air flow and performance. The front fascia has been reworked and hints to the fact that this 458 packs an even bigger punch. There is also a racing stripe down the middle that makes it look like it would be at home on the track.
The interior is similar to the 458 Italia, but with more of a track feel. The car comes with track mats instead of carpet mats and has 458 Speciale labels on the dash. The suede seats feature a stylish colored insert that really sets off the track car feel.
The special edition Italian sports car features a V8 engine that puts out 596 horsepower at 9,000 rpms and 398 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpms. This equates to a 0 to 62 mph time of 3 seconds flat. It will rocket its passengers from 0 to 124 mph in just 9.1 seconds (just think of all the 80’s sports cars that would just be hitting 60 mph in that time). The power to weight ratio is very good with the car needing to move only 4.77 pounds per horsepower.
The pricing for the 458 Speciale is not available yet and will likely be released closer to the cars release.
If you like the looks of the 458 Italia (and who doesn’t), but want something with a bit more punch then the 458 Speciale should be a good option. The car looks more aggressive than the standard car, but still retains the basic lines of the Prancing Horse that we all fell in love with. Expect to pay quite a premium to get into one, but if you have the money it doesn’t look like you will be disappointed.
The 458 Speciale is the latest product of Ferrari’s core philosophy of extreme technological innovation and research which, in this instance, has yielded powertrain, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics advances that transform the already exceptional 458 Italia into a car genuinely worthy of the “Speciale” moniker. The result is a completely new, uncompromising, streamlined sports car concept.
Many of the sophisticated solutions being applied for the very first time to an in-range car in the 458 Speciale, including its advanced active aerodynamics, will become a standard feature of all new Ferraris in the future.
Flanked in the Maranello marque’s range by the multi-award-winning 458 Italia and 458 Spider, the new mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta was designed to boost both performance and driving emotion to unprecedented levels, yet simultaneously guarantee smooth, effortless control in all kinds of situations.
Having lavished meticulous attention on the power unit that was named “Best Performance Engine” at the International Engine of the Year Awards for two consecutive years, Ferrari has now built its most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever (605 cv) with an extraordinary specific power output of 135 cv/l , the highest ever achieved by a road-going naturally aspirated engine.
Thanks to an equally exceptional weight/power ratio of just 2.13 kg/cv, the 458 Speciale can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.0” (0-200 km/h in 9.1”) and also clocked a lap time of just 1’23”5 at the Fiorano Circuit.
Aerodynamic requirements guided the work of the Ferrari Styling Centre, which led the project in cooperation with Pininfarina, to sculpt the car’s forms to ensure they were more performance-oriented than ever. The most notable features in this sense are the front and rear movable aerodynamics which balance downforce and cut drag, thus helping make the 458 Speciale the most aerodynamically efficient range production car in Ferrari history (E Index of 1.5)
The technology used in the vehicle dynamics subsystems which gives the driver instant confidence and control at high speeds, natural power oversteer management and precise response to commands are further advances in an area in which Ferrari is already a well-established leader.
One of the most innovative content of the 458 Speciale is the Side Slip angle Control system (SSC) which makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit, thereby greatly improving driving emotions. Thanks to the development of an accurate new algorithm SSC performs instant-to-instant analysis of the car’s side slip, comparing it with the target value and then optimising both torque management (via integration with F1-Trac traction control) and torque distribution between the two wheels (via integration with the E-Diff electronic differential).
Part and parcel of the car’s development included Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres which were specifically honed for it in an intensive collaboration programme involving, amongst other factors, numerous track test and simulator sessions. Conceived for the 458 Speciale, they boost performance over a single lap in the dry as well as improving performance consistency in subsequent laps. They also allow the car to avail of maximum available grip in the wet.
The abovementioned technical content has improved the 458 Speciale’s single lap time and also delivers repeatability of that performance on subsequent laps that is absolutely unprecedented for a car not designed exclusively for track use. The result is that the 458 Speciale has the fastest response time (0.060 s) and highest lateral acceleration (1.33 g) ever achieved by a car in the Prancing Horse range.
The 458 Speciale will receive its public world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION SUMMARY
Type V8 – 90°
Total displacement 4495 cm3
Max. power output 605 cv at 9000 rpm
Max. torque 540 Nm at 6000 rpm
Dry weight 1290 kg
Weight/power ratio 2.13 kg/cv
0-100 km/h 3.0”
0 – 200 km/h 9.1”
Fiorano lap time 1’23”5
Emissions (ECE + EUDC combined cycle)
CO2 emissions** 275 gr/km