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499 limited-edition Ferrari 458 Speciale A

Most powerful spider in the brand's history

AutoPressNews, Carmakers News, 26 Sep. 2014.
Ferrari 458 Speciale A, frontal view Ferrari 458 Speciale A, front-side 3/4 view Ferrari 458 Speciale A, front-side from above view Ferrari 458 Speciale A, profile view Ferrari 458 Speciale A, rear-side view Ferrari 458 Speciale A, rear view
439 kW, 597 hp, 589 bhp and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft).
Italian sports cars maker Ferrari announced the world debut of its new limited edition special series Ferrari 458 Speciale A (A as in Aperta, or open in English), at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October.

The new limited edition special series is dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors, celebrating the success of the various versions of the 458, a model that has collected several international motoring media awards and track victories, including a double WEC title and category wins in classic endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

As the most powerful spider in the Prancing Horse history, the 458 Speciale A blends an exceptional performance with the drop-top driving pleasure. Its aluminium retractable hard top, takes 14 seconds to deploy or retract, and helps in the same time, limit the additional weight difference with the Speciale coupé to 50 kg (110 lb.).

Power and torque

The 458 Speciale A gets the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going Ferrari V8 (90°) engine, producing a maximum power output of 605 cv (439 kW, 597 hp, 589 bhp) / 9000 rpm and maximum torque of 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) / 6000 rpm.

Specifics

With a displacement of 4497 cc, the specific output amounts to 135 cv per litre (l000cc), or 97.6 kW/l, 132.7 hp/l, 130.9 bhp/l.

The specific torque is 120.1 Nm/litre, 88.6 lb-ft/l and 12.25 kg-m/l.

Weight / power ratios

Ferrari 458 Speciale A, interior, general view Ferrari 458 Speciale A, interior, steering wheel and instruments view Ferrari 458 Speciale A, interior, lower central console
Blue carbon-fibre dash, door panels and central tunnel. Alcantara seats, contrasting stitching, 3D technical fabric...

With a dry weight of 1340 kg (2954 lb.), the weight / power ratio is 2.21 kg/cv, 3.05 kg/kW, 2.25 kg/hp or 2.28 kg/bhp.

In pound terms, the weight / power ratio is 4.87 pound/cv, 6.73 lb./kW, 4.95 lb./hp or 5.02 lb./bhp.

CO2 emissions are announced at 275 g/km (443 g/mile).

Performance

The Ferrari 458 Speciale A sprints from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, the 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.5'', and has a Fiorano lap time of 1’23”5. Contributing to these results, Ferrari cites the front and rear active aerodynamics, the rigidity of a chassis that incorporates 10 aluminium alloys, and the Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) system to maintain sporty driving in all conditions.

The new limited edition model is being premiered in a triple-layer yellow livery with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe as well as five-spoke forged wheels in Grigio Corsa.

The cockpit, which features a special plaque to acknowledge the three international Best Performance Engine awards the V8 has won, has a racing-inspired look with lightweight materials. The finish of the dash, the moulded door panels and central tunnel is in blue carbon-fibre (also used for the treadplates), with newly-designed seats in Alcantara, contrasting stitching and 3D technical fabric.