Ferrari 458 Speciale A

Ferrari 458 Speciale A revealed as potential non-turbo send-off

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As the line of naturally aspirated Ferrari V8s possibly comes to an end, the Italian manufacturer has announced it will give the powerplant a suitably potential send off with this, the 458 Speciale A.

A spider version of the focussed 458 Speciale, the A stands for Aperta – ‘open’ in Italian – and Ferrari will sell just 499 examples to the most dedicated individuals to the brand and therefore making it as rare as the La Ferrari.

Ferrari 458 Speciale A rear

The 458 Speciale A is mechanically identical to the hard-top variation and so becomes the most powerful open-top Ferrari has ever produced with 597bhp on tap going through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Forged wheels and a new exhaust help bring the weight of the Speciale A down to 1,340kg dry, 50kg more than the hard-top due to the folding roof mechanism, but 90kg lighter than the regular Spider. Aerodynamic features of the hard-top make their way to the Speciale A, such as the revised front end with active flaps and the taller rear diffuser.

Ferrari 458 Speciale A rear side

With such power and air punching capabilities, the 458 Speciale A can reach 62mph from standstill in just 3 secs – 0.4 secs faster than the standard Spider – and beats the Enzo around Fiorano with a time of 1 minutes 23.5 secs. Speed hasn’t been disclosed but something that surpasses 200mph is expected; the roof, meanwhile, takes 14 seconds to fold down by the mid-mounted engine.

Ferrari has graced the 458 Speciale A with a selection of unique liveries, as well as new Alcantara seats.

Ferrari 458 Speciale A interior

A price of around £220,000 is likely to be the price tag for the Ferrari 458 Speciale A, but with the marque looking to add a couple of turbos to the next V8 engine, the Speciale A will be seen as a definite future classic and as such an investor’s dream. Ferrari will put the 458 Speciale A on public display at the Paris motor show next week.

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