Ferrari 458 Speciale revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

Ferrari has unveiled a more powerful version of the 458 Italia called Speciale ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The 4.5-litre V8 has been modified to produce 596 horsepower (up from 562hp) and 540 Nm of torque, making it company’s most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 engine ever, and with 135 horsepower per litre it is also the highest figure in a road-going naturally-aspirated engine ever.

The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a dry weight of 1,290 kg and 0-62 mph comes in 3.0 seconds, 0-124mph in 9.1 seconds and the lap around Ferrari’s Fiorano track takes 1m 23.5s.

Aerodynamic updates were done in cooperation with Pininfarina and the main highlights is a front and rear movable aerodynamics which balance downforce and cut drag, thus helping make the 458 Speciale the most aerodynamically efficient range production car in Ferrari history. There is also a new rear with two separate exhaust tips, instead of three centre-mounted exhaust tips in the standard 458 Italia.

The 458 Speciale also features an innovative Side Slip angle Control system (SSC) which makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit, thereby greatly improving driving emotions. The system performs instant-to-instant analysis of the car’s side slip, comparing it with the target value and then optimising both torque management (via integration with F1-Trac traction control) and torque distribution between the two wheels (via integration with the E-Diff electronic differential).

The 458 Speciale rides on specially developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres which provide maximum available grip in the wet.


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