Lightweight performance version of the 458 Italia is Ferrari's centrepiece at the Frankfurt motor show
Jim Holder
10 September 2013

This is the Ferrari 458 Speciale, an extreme version of the Ferrari 458 Italia that also points the way to several technical innovations which will be found on all future Ferrari road cars.

The 458 Speciale - which has been unveiled at today's Frankfurt motor show - is described by Ferrari as being “a completely new, uncompromising, streamlined sports car concept.”

Modifications focus on its powertrain, dynamic capabilities and aerodynamics. In particular, the active aerodynamic technology is said to have been developed for use on all future Ferrari road cars.

Power comes from a modified version of the 458’s V8, with 597bhp and 398lb ft of torque it is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever built by the company. It has a specific output of 133bhp per litre, which Ferrari says is the highest ever achieved by a naturally-aspirated road-going engine. Maximum power is achieved at 9000rpm; maximum torque at 6000rpm.

With a dry weight of 1290kg, the Speciale has an official 0-62mph time of 3.0sec and a 0-124mph time of 9.1sec. Ferrari says it has also lapped its Fiorano test track in 1m 23.5sec – 1.5sec faster than the standard Ferrari 458 Italia and just half a second slower than a Ferrari F12. It has a power-to-weight ratio of 1bhp per 2.13kg. Emissions are rated at 275g/km.

Styling was largely dictated by aerodynamic requirements, according to Ferrari, although Pininfarina was involved in the Speciale’s final look. The most significant changes over the stock car are the moveable aerodynamic flaps on the front and rear, which adapt to balance downforce and reduce drag as required.

Ferrari says these aerodynamic aids give “instant confidence and control at high speeds, natural power oversteer management and precise response to [driver] commands”. 

With the aerodynamic aids in their most streamlined position, Ferrari says the Speciale has the best relationship between downforce and drag for a production car in its history. Ferrari traditionally does not consider its limited edition cars, such as the Enzo and LaFerrari as standard production vehicles. 

The Speciale also has a new electronic system to make it easier to control on the limit, called Side Slip Angle Control, which Ferrari abbreviates to SSC. Using a newly developed algorithm, SSC analyses the Speciale’s slip angle, compares it to a target figure and then optimises torque management via the traction control system and torque distribution between the two wheels.

The Speciale also rides on specially developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, which are said to deliver “a boost in performance” over one lap, plus greater consistency thereafter and all-round wet weather grip. As a result, Ferrari says the Speciale has achieved the highest lateral acceleration g-force ever recorded by any Ferrari, 1.33g.

“The Speciale is designed to boost performance and driving emotion to unprecedented levels, yet simultaneously guarantee smooth, effortless control in all kinds of situations,” according to Ferrari’s statement at the car’s launch.

No pricing information has been released yet, but the Ferrari 458 Speciale is likely to cost in the region of £210,000 – up from the standard 458’s £178,526 - based on the price relationship between similar special editions, such as the Ferrari F430 and Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

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20 August 2013

always make a car go faster

20 August 2013

Well that's the new screensaver sorted!

That new front bumper has really helped the looks.

20 August 2013

HALFORDS!

It just looks like cheap after market additions.

 

20 August 2013

Finally a Ferrari I would buy if I had the money.

Dry weight of 1290kg doesn't mean much though does it? But surprised with all that extra power and reduced mass that it isn't faster than 1.5 secs around Fiorano. Could this be a politcally massaged figure to protect the honour of the F12?

Getting rid of the 458's plastic moustache is a definite improvement for me. But I'm surprised Ferrari have decided to update the 458 so soon in its product cycle. Clearly 'RS' models are big business these days.

20 August 2013

driving emotion haha. You will cry the whole time your at the wheel.

20 August 2013

"It has a specific output of 133bhp per litre, which Ferrari says is the highest ever achieved by a road-going engine. Maximum power is achieved at 9000rpm; maximum torque at 6000rpm."

actually this doesnt have the highest specific output - it has a specific output of 132.666 reccuring while the engine in the porsche 918 (ignoring the electric motor's output) has an specific output of 133.9 significatly higher than the ferrari.

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26 August 2013

fedginator wrote:

"It has a specific output of 133bhp per litre, which Ferrari says is the highest ever achieved by a road-going engine. Maximum power is achieved at 9000rpm; maximum torque at 6000rpm."

actually this doesnt have the highest specific output - it has a specific output of 132.666 reccuring while the engine in the porsche 918 (ignoring the electric motor's output) has an specific output of 133.9 significatly higher than the ferrari.

Your statement is completely false. It's simple maths. Porsche: 608HP/4.593L = 132.38HP/L; Ferrari: 597HP/4.495 = 132.81HP/L. Therefore the Ferrari has a higher output per litre than the Porsche - and also more torque! The figures were taken from the official Ferrari and Porsche websites.

20 August 2013

There are plenty out there who will buy them,most will never see the public road,some may never even turn a wheel,and, there are lots of cars better than a Ferrari......owwa!....stop shouting!

Peter Cavellini.

20 August 2013

Most exciting 458 yet! I think it looks fabulous too. 

Cyborg

20 August 2013

Considering Ferrari traditionally update their supercars after 5 years (the 458 was seen in 2009), the Speciale seems to be coming out late in life.

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