Ferrari has prepared an upgraded version of the venerable 458 Italia for debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Prancing Horse has covered the 458 in improvements, from enhanced aerodynamics to increased power. This special variant promises to add an extra dose of excitement to a sports car already considered one of the best of the best by many a driver and publication.
The Supercar Kids managed to grab on camera a Ferrari 458 Speciale which was announced only a couple of days ago.
The meaner 458 was spotted at Ferrari’s factory in Maranello ahead of the car’s public debut schedule for IAA in Frankfurt this September. It will come with its modified 4.5-liter V8 which now develops an impressive 605 HP (445 kW) and 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) of torque, making it Ferrari’s most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 ever designed.
While the 458 Italia has a dry weight of 1,380 kg (3,042 lbs), the Speciale has gone through a significant 90 kg (198 lbs) diet. The less weight & more power combo allows the supercar to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3 seconds (0.4s faster than Italia). Aside from being quicker in the sprint, the Speciale will lap the Fiorano test track in 1m 23.5 seconds which makes it 1.5s faster than the regular 458.
The Speciale’s upgraded vehicle systems give the driver better control and confidence when rallying the near-600 horses available at his toe tip. The electronic Side Slip angle Control (SSC) keep the car stable and responsive. The SSC system uses a new algorithm to compare the car’s current side slip with a targeted number, adjusting torque management and distribution as needed. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires apply all that feedback to the ground below.
As a result of its enhancements, the 2,844-lb (1,290-kg) 458 Speciale cuts a few ticks off the 458 Italia’s 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time, meeting the mark in a flat three seconds. It can run to double that speed from park in 9.1 seconds and lap Ferrari’s Fiorano track in 1 minute 23.5 seconds, wedged comfortably between the F12 Berlinetta’s 1:23 mark and the 599 GTO’s 1:24. Not a bad neighborhood to live in.
Ferrari will reveal the 458 Speciale under the bright lights of the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 10. We anticipate having more in-depth information then.
Source - Ferrari, worldcarfans.com
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