Earlier this week we told you folks that the Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider will be officially unveiled next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show but the naughty vehicle already showed its face and we also found out its name: 458 (F142) VS Spider. That’s right folks, the 458 VS Spider is the Speciale version of the 458 Spider!
As you may know already, 4WheelsNews was the one an only website to announce the brand new vehicle back in June and last month we were the only one to tell you about the private unveiling of the vehicle during the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Talking with some people that were present at the event we could find out that the production of the 458 (F142) VS Spider will be limited to just 458 units.
Still, earlier this month we got the news that Luca Cordero di Montezemolo will step down as Ferrari chairman after a conflict with Fiat Chrysler Automobile CEO Sergio Marchionne. He will be replaced by Sergio Marchionne, who will gradually increase production at Ferrari and will not stick to the limit of 7,000 units announced by di Montezemolo.
So, don’t act surprised if you will see more than 458 units of the 458 SV Spider. Although the vehicle was not officially confirmed or denied by Ferrari, the sports car was spotted wearing a camouflage outside the Maranello factory and it was easily recognizable thanks to the special side sills featured on the 458 Speciale.
What we know about the new car is that it features a new stripe design, new wheel designs, new seats, carbon fiber mats and two plaques for the interior in order to underline the limited edition. Just like the 458 Spider, it gets a removable hard top which transforms it into a hardcore open-top sports car in just 14 seconds.
Due to the introduction of the removable top, the 458 SV Spider ditches the see-through engine bonnet seen on the coupe. Under the hood, we expect to find the same 4.5-liter V8 engine that generates 605 hp at 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque at 6,000 rpm.
We don’t know anything about the performances, but we expect it to be as fast as the coupe which means an acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.1 seconds and a top speed in excess of 200 mph or 320 km/h.
Pricing is expected to be around 216,000 euros before taxes. More details to be revealed soon, stay tuned!