Ferrari has just revealed its latest road rocket, the 458 Speciale, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale's upgrades are focused on improving both performance and handling. The rear-mounted 4.5-litre engine comes with a new cam that increases valve lift by 5%. The engine is capable of cranking out 605 horsepower at a heady 9,000 rpm, with a torque of 398 lb-ft. Mated to the engine is a seven speed twin-clutch transmission.
The racing-inspired 'cockpit' interior comes in lightweight materials, such as Alcantara and carbon-fibre. The red and black is predominant as usual, which can be seen in the gallery photo below.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale makes good use of some Formula-One inspired aerodynamics. It employs trash can lid-sized ceramic rotors at all four wheels. These can bring incredibly short stops from 100 km/h in less than 30 metres. The flaps integrated into the lower valances open when the car hits 150 km/h. This increases the downforce and improves the stability at high speeds. To keep the 458 Speciale on the road at these speeds, Ferrari has incorporated their Slip Angle Control technology (SSC), which monitors lateral acceleration, yaw rate, steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This allows the tail to slide out in a controlled dose of oversteer in case of a potential accident.
According to the company, the Speciale beats the standard 458 Italia at the factory's test track by 1.5 seconds on a 1 min 25 sec lap, so that is quite a bit. Heavy performance is what you would expect from it though. Ferrari quotes an official 0-62mph time of 3.0sec and a 0-124mph time of 9.1sec, with a respectable top speed of 202 mph / 325 kmh. Prices for The 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale are estimated at £210,000.
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