Ahead of its public debut during IAA 2013, Ferrari has just reveled the hardcore brother to the 458 Italia, called Speciale, with 605 bhp and 540 Nm.
Although it competes with the Italian raging bull in every other way, Ferrari is not the special version aficionado unlike Lamborghini, which on the rarer occasions it does provide us with such a new model, we car rest assured it will really be a special one. And this time around it even bears this name, in the beautiful Italian language – 458 Speciale.
And, because Italians also like rumors, this model was always teased before by fans and professionals with the usual Scuderia or Challenge Stradale or even Monte Carlo monikers, just to be outshined in the new way Ferrari acknowledges its naming strategy. And yes, we think this time it’s more inspired than LaFerrari…
Nameplate discussions aside, we can note there aren’t many design differences to the usual 458 Italia, as Ferrari has always been an egoist when fiddling with its own established designs. So, the secret behind Speciale is of course located… inside. Not in the cockpit, but inside its technical prowess, as the Italian engineers outshined themselves to deliver yet another astounding piece of human technology.
We could tell you in our words, but this time around, they nailed it better: “The aerodynamic efficiency (an E index of 1.5), a more powerful aspirated V8 engine (605bhp) and the highest power density (135 bhp/l) in the history of Ferrari road cars, an extraordinary power-to-weight ratio (2.13bhp/kg), electronic control of the slip angle (SSC): these are some – but not all – of the characteristics that make this car truly Speciale” reads the press release. And yes, we tend to agree!
Numbers substantiates words, as performance has improved over the standard Italia version: Speciale praises itself with a time of 0-100km/h in 3s (or 9.1s for 0-200km/h) and a best lap time around Fiorano of 1m 23.5s – that is a full 1.5s quicker than the 458 Italia. This is thanks to the reworked 4.5-liter V8 that delivers 605 hp (445 kW) at 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm. The dry weight has also been lowered to the 1,290 kg (2,843 lbs) point.