Ferrari will be revealing the 458 Speciale A at next month’s Paris motor show. The new limited edition special series is being described by Ferrari as “a celebration of the dazzling success of the various versions of the 458”.
The 458 has so far collected an array of awards and track victories, not least a double WEC title and category wins in several endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Limited to just 499 examples, the 458 Speciale A – the ‘A’ stands for ‘Aperta’, which means ‘open’ in Italian – is the most powerful spider in Prancing Horse history. Its aluminium retractable hard top, which takes 14 seconds to deploy or retract, helps reduce the weight difference with the 1390 kg Speciale coupe to 50 kg.
The Speciale A sports the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going V8 engine ever built by Ferrari. It punches out 597 bhp at 9000 rpm and 398 lb ft of torque at 6000 rpm.
The 458 Speciale A is also the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever. The car sprints from 0-62 mph in 3.0 seconds and has a Fiorano lap time of 1’23”5. Ferrari says these results are largely due to its front and rear active aerodynamics, the rigidity of a chassis that incorporates 10 aluminium alloys, and the side slip angle control system.
The Paris show car is being presented in a triple-layer yellow livery with a blue and white central stripe and five-spoke forged wheels.
The interior also features a racing-inspired look, with the dash, door panels and central tunnel finished in blue-coloured carbon-fibre. The newly-designed seats are trimmed in Alcantara and 3D technical fabric.