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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.
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.
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.
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.