A tenth of a second to 60mph. Two-tenths to 100mph. Two-tenths over a standing quarter mile. Less than a second to 150mph.
These are the differences between the Speciale and a standard 458 Italia on bald acceleration. On their own, they seem too little to justify Ferrari’s effort – not to mention what upgrading to a Speciale from a 458 could cost a typical Ferrari owner.
True enough, the Speciale isn’t the most explosive sprinter you could spend £200k on, but it doesn’t matter in the slightest: it’s close enough. The Speciale is quicker than a Porsche 911 Turbo S from 80mph upwards, without resorting to forced induction.
And because this is an atmospheric engine – nothing less than the most energy-dense naturally aspirated engine in any road-legal car in the world, according to Ferrari – the quantity of the power that it makes is exceeded in staggering brilliance only by the astonishing way in which it makes it.
You’d be made to wear ear defenders if your day job exposed you to the sabre-sharp scream of this car’s V8 above 8000rpm. You’d also need a quiet room in which to lie down.