2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
Just in case a Ferrari 458 wasn’t special enough for you back in 2013, Ferrari had you covered. In fact so special was the higher-performance version of the 458, that Ferrari even dared to badge the car `Speciale’ lest there be no misapprehensions of the part of onlookers.
Speed is Priority
Going fast was the Speciale’s specialty and to allow it to do that, Ferrari made changes across the car. Those started with the revised aerodynamics which used finned side sills, a larger rear spoiler, revised bumpers and even a vented bonnet to reduce drag and increase downforce. A set of specific forged alloy wheels were also part of the package. But it wasn’t just passive aerodynamics that got the Speciale treatment, the car also featured moveable front and rear flaps to tailor airflow on the run and endow the vehicle with active aerodynamics; a true rarity in the world of production road cars.
Ferrari then tuned to the mid-mounted, normally aspirated 4.5-litre V8 engine. With some changes to the engine’s software, power was increased to a magnificent 445 kW at a stirring 9,000 rpm, and torque increased to 540 Nm at 6,000 rpm. Those changes were enough to give the Speciale a startling 0 to 100 km/h time of three seconds dead while, equally amazing was the 0 to 200 km/h time of just 9.1 seconds.
Making the most of that extra performance was the Speciale’s side-slip angle control system which measured the car’s yaw in real time, compared it with the ideal figure and then tailored the electronic rear differential to send the optimum torque to each rear wheel. This example is finished in black bodywork with Titaneo Grigio striping and matching inserts in the seats. The forged alloys are finished in matt black, the brake calipers in red and the exhaust tips in titanium.
Features include: Sports seats, adaptive suspension, launch-control, dual-zone climate-control, navigation, carbon-fibre airbox, LED lighting, active aerodynamics, 20-inch forged alloy wheels.