Car enthusiasts have been anticipating a hardcore version of the Ferrari 458 Italia ever since it was revealed in 2009, and it has finally appeared in the form of the 458 Speciale.
The high-revving 4.5-litre V8 engine now produces 605hp and 540Nm of torque, which means that it produces more horsepower per litre than any other naturally-aspirated road car engine at 135hp/l. This also means that it can get from 0-100km/h in 3.0 seconds, and lap the Fiorano Circuit in 1:23.5 mins – 1.5 seconds faster than the standard 458 Italia.
The 458 Speciale weighs 1,290kg (90kg less than the Italia) and comes with a variety of upgraded performance hardware and software to make it faster, such as: movable front and rear aerodynamic hardware to optimize downforce and reduce drag; Side Slip angle Control (SSC), which works with F1-Trac (traction control) and the E-Diff electronic differential to make the car easier to control on the limit; and new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres, which helps it generate up to 1.33g of lateral acceleration.
The 458 Speciale will be shown to the public next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, by which more details should also be made available.