If you were planning to buy your 458 Speciale this year, you’d better forget it as Ferrari already sold the first year of production. Apparently, the Ferrari 458 Speciale was an instant hit and people are interested in buying these limited edition models because they actually invest their money. For those who don’t know, the rear-wheel drive 458 Speciale is the spiritual successor to the F430 Scuderia and the 360 Challenge Stradale.
It is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 engine developing a whooping 605 hp @ 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque at 6,000 rpm. With these numbers, the 458 Speciale hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.1 seconds and has a top speed of over 300 km/h or 186 mph.
On the Fiorano race track owned by Ferrari, the 458 Speciale is actually quicker than the V12-powered Enzo supercar.
The 458 Speciale lapped the Fiorano test track in 1:23.5, with 1.5 seconds quicker than the Enzo. In terms of design, the 458 Speciale comes with an impressive bodykit, new Brembo brakes and the exclusive Side Slip Angle Control system.
The design of the new Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale was heavily influenced by the needs for aerodynamics. Thus, the Ferrari Styling Centre allowed this requirement to play a role in this project, even collaborating with Pininfarina to ensure that the sculpted forms of the 458 Italia are more performance-oriented. This way, the design of the 458 Italia Speciale was able to balance aerodynamic requirements with Ferrari's aesthetic philosophy.
Interestingly, most of the bodywork panels on the 458 Italia Speciale were redesigned sans any modifications on the passenger cell or on the hallmark design cues of the 458 Italia. For instance, designers reduced the thickness of the glass to reduce weight. They had employed a Lexan panel for the rear windscreen. Designers likewise redesigned the composite bumpers and integrated two deep air outlets on the front bonnet to guide air way from the radiator.
Meanwhile, the air outlets located on the side of the headlight assemblies features three louvers similar to that of the previous Ferrari like from the Ferrari 250 GTO to the F40. In addition, the rear end features a Kamm tail with a full-width grille and twin exhausts.
On the other hand, the interior features a racing-inspired cockpit that boasts of a simple yet sporty design. The interior also makes use of lightweight exclusive technical materials like Alcantara and carbon-fiber.In addition, the cabin features fluidly sculpted door panels, contrasting hand-stitching, aluminum triangular-pattern tread plates as well as sills with a pewter grey finish. All of these are evidenced by the modern sophistication and superb craftsmanship only found in Ferrari interiors.