What happens when you take an already eye-wateringly rapid Ferrari 458 and add lightness and power? You create quite a ‘speciale’ 458, that’s what.
In case you didn’t catch the admittedly obvious pun, what you see before you is not just a Ferrari with racing stripes and some nose work. No, this is the Ferrari 458 Speciale, a car which combines the lightweight philosophies of Colin Chapman with the high horsepower expectations of Enzo Ferrari.
As if the 562bhp mid-mounted 4.5-liter V8 wasn’t powerful enough, the Speciale ups the ante to 605 ‘Italian stallions’ and also reduces the car’s kerb weight by 90 kilograms to 1,290.
So what does all of this translate to? Well ‘most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 ever in a production Ferrari’ means you’ll be the most pretentious bloke in the pub, while 0-60 in three seconds flat and 0-124mph in 9.1 seconds means that you’ll likely be able to put your money where your mouth is whenever the overly-confident Lamborghini Gallardo Squadro Corse owner thinks otherwise.
Just as the 360 Challenge Stradale and the 430 Scuderia were, there is a high likelihood that this car will be utter brilliance. How so? Well, considering the fact that the 458 Italia has been harked by many as being the best mid-engined sports car that money can buy — and the Spider retaining that reputation but just adding wind in your hair — a more track, driver, and overall performance-focused version can only make things even better. In short, the world will be a better place because of its existence.