2014 Paris Motor Show: Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta is the vehicle we wanted to see [Live Photos]

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 2, 2014

Ferrari’s new 458 Speciale Aperta a.k.a. the spider version of the 458 Speciale arrived today at the 2014 Paris Motor Show as company’s most powerful spider in its history. Just like the coupe version, the 458 Speciale Aperta is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 mid-rear engine that generates 605 hp (445 kW) at 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm.

The new model zooms from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.5 seconds, while top speed is 320 km/h or 200 mph. In addition, the 458 Speciale A (A as in Aperta) runs the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds and posted a Fiorano best lap time of 1’23”5.

The design is not new as the vehicle is identical to the coupe but what’s new is the innovative retractable hard top (RHT) that transforms the vehicle into a stylish spider in just 14 seconds. Compared to other convertibles, the retracted roof takes up to 100 liters of space rather than the usual 150-200 liters required on other models.

What’s more interesting is that the glass electric rear window can be adjusted regardless of whether the roof is deployed or retracted. This means that even if the roof is closed, you can hear the roar of the engine perfectly clear.

Thanks to the same glass rear window, drivers are able to carry on a normal conversation at speeds of over 200 km/h (124 mph) with the roof down. Moreover, the transparent engine cover seen on the coupe version was replaced and that’s too bad as the vehicle looked much better.

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