Ferrari 458 Speciale
The Ferrari 458 Speciale represents the next step in evolution for Ferrari’s lightweight V8 sport cars. The 458 Speciale features a 4.5L V8 that is the strongest naturally aspirated V8 Ferrari has ever produced with 596 horsepower. The Speciale has a curb weight of 3075 pounds, a full 200 pounds lighter then the 458 Italia. This results in significant increases in performance with a 0-60mph time dispatched in just 3.0s, a full 0.4 seconds faster than the 458 Italia, and a faster lap time around Fiorano of 1’23.5.
F1-derived aerodynamics pay considerable dividends in achieving these performance figures. The track continues to be Ferrari’s favored test bed for research and development. The Spider’s sinuous lines have been honed to reduce drag while generating no less than 572lbs of down force at 186 mph.
Significant improvements have also been wrought in the chassis department, with a 10 percent increase in torsional rigidity and a five percent improvement in beam strength over the 360 Spider. F430 Spider delivers the highest standards in handling and road holding. The innovative electronic differential and F1 transmission are instrumental in transferring the V8’s 483bhp (490 bhp DIN) to the road.