Two Ferrari 458s – one black and one yellow – have been snapped on the road.
The cars are undisguised, bar the white stripes and spots, and were driving in convoy in northern Italy. The 458 replaces the Ferrari F430 when it goes on sale next spring.
It is powered by a high-revving 4498cc V8 that puts out 562bhp at 9000rpm, 500rpm higher than the F430. That makes it the highest-revving Ferrari road car ever.
It means the 458 Italia will be ferociously fast, and Ferrari claims it will sprint to 62mph in under 3.4sec on its way to a top speed of “over 200mph”.
The 458’s engine will be one of the most flexible in Ferrari’s history, too, with 398lb ft of torque arriving at 6000rpm.
The direct fuel injection has also helped cut CO2 emissions, producing a claimed 320g/km, even though it is faster and produces significantly more power than the 483bhp F430 and the 508bhp 430 Scuderia.
The Ferrari 458 Italia will be unveiled for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show in September.