Novitec Rosso has released details about its tuning program for the Ferrari 458 Italia ahead of its launch at the Geneva Motor Show. Novitec Rosso made some basic modifications to the engine and added a new carbon-fiber airbox, a high-performance exhaust system made from nickel-chromium-based superalloy Inconel (which weighs 21 kg (46 lbs) less).
The tuner also installed sport exhaust manifolds, sport catalysts and a rear muffler with a sound control flap that can be activated by a button on the steering wheel. It also added a remapped engine management system for optimized ignition and injection, resulting in an additional 39 PS (28.7 kW / 39 bhp) from the 4.5-liter V8 for a total of 609 PS (448 kW / 600 bhp) at 9,100 rpm.
The peak torque has increased from 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) to 569 Nm (420 lb-ft) at 5,400 rpm. Novitec Rosso fine-tuned the body components using the wind tunnel at the University of Stuttgart, resulting to a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205 mph).
The aerodynamic-enhanced kit is made of carbonfiber and consists of a lower spoiler, right/left wing flaps and ventilation louvers attached to the original bumper fascia. In addition, the fenders, side skirts, carbon-fiber mirror housings, rear spoiler, diffuser, and even the roof panel and engine hood are made of carbonfiber.
The 458 Italia is offered with custom-tailored versions of the three-piece Novitec Rosso NF3 wheels. Novitec Rosso chose a staggered combination of size 9Jx21 wheels in front and size 12Jx22 on the rear. Furthermore, custom-manufactured Pirelli PZero tires are mounted in size 255/30 ZR 21 and 335/25 ZR 22 front to rear, respectively.
The ride height of the Ferrari is lowered by 35 millimeters courtesy of Novitec Rosso sport springs. Meanwhile, the hydraulic front lift system can raise the front lip of the car by 40 millimeters to aid the car in getting pass speed bumps or parking garage ramps.