Chris Harris and Tiff Needell face off for a race between the scintillating Ferrari 458 Speciale and Porsche 911 GT3 with hilarious results.
Ferrari brought the house down when the open top version of its most powerful naturally aspirated V8 road car 2015 Paris Motor Show.
As in the coupe, the Ferrari 458 Speciale A has speed in abundance with its 4.5-liter V-8 engine that produces an awesome 596 hp at 9000, while its torque is 398 lb-ft at 6000 rpm. What does that mean? It is the most powerful convertible ever; going from 0-to-62-mph in a time of 3.0 seconds
Take a look at the Ferrari 458 Speciale A in all its glory.
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Ferrari has started work on the replacement for the 458 Italia, with the hardcore Speciale unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show thought to be the final version of the 458 and possibly the last of the automaker’s cars to be powered by a naturally aspirated V-8.Yes, Ferrari’s 458 replacement is expected to adopt a twin-turbocharged engine,possibly with a V-6 configuration. The move is in response to tougher fuel economy and emissions regulations, but also due to competition from McLaren’s latest 650S and previous 12C, which have proven to be more formidable on the track than Ferrari’s 458 Italia and 458 Speciale (the McLarens’ twin-turbo V-8 mills are notorious for producing prodigious amounts of low-end torque).DON’T MISS: Teen Drives Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Into Texas Pool: Video
A test mule for Ferrari’s 458 replacement was spotted in northern Europe recently, but this was still in the very early stages of development. It is likely being used to calibrate traction and stability systems; the mule was first spotted driving on a frozen lake.Ferrari 458 Speciale, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
The new car it will eventually spawn won’t be a direct replacement for the 458 but rather a substantial update, meaning a common chassis. Ferrari did the same with the California’s transformation into the California T, and we saw something similar with the 458 Italia’s predecessor, the F430, which shared its chassis with its own predecessor, the 360 Modena.
With the 458 first hitting the scene in 2009, it’s likely we’ll see its replacement late next year.
via Motor Authority
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Listen to the sweet notes of this brand new Ferrari 458 Speciale and hear the powerful 4.5L V8 engine create sweet, sweet music to your ears.
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It’s the latest track-honed mid engine V8 Ferrari, complete with stripes and 597hp to make it swearword fast! Carhoots have the details.
This, is the latest in a line of lightweight, track-honed mid-engine Ferraris. A successor to the 348 GT Competizione, the 360 Challenge Stradale, and the F430 Scuderia – a group of amazing cars, with stunningly artful names… This car’s name is ‘Special’, and that makes it latest stupidly named supercar to come from Ferrari.
But, names probably don’t matter much when you’ve got a 4.5liter naturally aspirated V8 sitting behind your head screaming loudly and violently at 9000rpm. NINE THOUSAND. The Speciale uses a tweaked version of the standard 458’s engine which now produces 597hp (up from 562hp) inching the 458’s horsepower figure ever closer to the McLaren 12C’s thumping 612hp – produced by a V8 with two turbos.
According to Ferrari its V8 now develops more horsepower per liter than any other normally aspirated road car engine…In The World.
As you’d imagine, when those power gains are combined with a substantial 90kg weight reduction the 458 becomes a bit more er, special (sorry) and quite quick. 0-62mph takes three seconds flat and 0-124mph is dealt with in just 9.1 seconds, it is swearword fast. Around Ferrari’s own Fiorano test track the Speciale recorded a scorching lap time of 1m23.5 seconds, putting it 1.5 seconds ahead of the standard 458 and just half a second behind the maniacal 730hp F12 Berlinetta.
Obviously, with more power and speed comes a higher likelihood of the 458 detaching itself from the ground and becoming an aircraft of sort, so the aerodynamics have been fiddled with, too. The front grille is completely new, as is the new sculptured bonnet which features more ventilation. At the rear you’ll find extra cooling vents, a pair of integrated tailpipes replacing the standard 458’s trademark triple system and a dirty great big racecar-like diffuser for added down force. There are lots of clever hidden active aero bits as well, all of which make the 458 Speciale Ferrari’s most aerodynamic road car yet.
It all sounds jolly good, but there is however, a bit of a problem. It seems that the Ferrari boffins have been reading the Carhoots blog, because this special 458 employs something called ‘Side Slip Control’. It is essentially another acronym to help the car’s brain control slides more accurately by using the traction control and electronic differential to shuffle power across the back axle. And I invented the system. Sort of…
Now, I’m not going to make a big deal out of this like an angry old woman at a supermarket, but if you’re reading this Ferrari executives – which you are, obviously -, this is my message to you: if you’ll allow me to spend a day oversteering your new 458 Speciale and destroying a set of its new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres, we can forget about this whole, slightly embarrassing, occurrence – you know how to contact me.
With that out of the way we can now discuss the 458 Speciale’s incredibly beautiful interior. Naturally, inside it’s much like the standard 458 but with more carbon fiber, more redness, more general coolness and less pointless carpet. It’s very racy.
Dorky name aside, the 458 Speciale is a seriously cool car, and we want one. Quite badly.
By Aiden Taylor (@AidenT_RD)
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