Power is up from the 570 PS in the 458 Italia to 605 PS in this new 458 Speciale, peaking at 9,000 rpm. Peak torque remains the same – 540 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The 4.5 litre V8 engine with direct injection remains normally aspirated. The 458 Speciale can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.0 seconds, while 0-200 km/h is completed in 9.1 seconds. It has a dry weight of 1,290 kg.
The 458 Speciale debuts new technology such as advanced active aerodynamics, which Ferrari says will eventually become a standard feature of all new Ferraris in the future.
There are front and rear movable aerodynamic flaps, which balance downforce and cut drag; Ferrari says the 458 Speciale is the most aerodynamically efficient production car in its history. Speciale also has the fastest response time (0.060 s) and highest lateral acceleration (1.33 g) ever achieved by a Ferrari road car.
Another new feature is Side Slip angle Control system (SSC), which algorithmically performs instant analysis of the car’s side slip, compares it with the target value and then optimises both torque management (via integration with F1-Trac traction control) and torque distribution between the two wheels (via integration with the E-Diff electronic differential).
How does all this tech translate to road performance? The 458 Speciale can lap Fiorano in 1 minute 23.5 seconds, which is 1.5 seconds quicker than the 458 Italia. That’s still slower than the 458 Challenge’s 1:16.5 though, but that’s a race car.
The 458 Speciale will debut at Frankfurt 2013.