Set to debut in Frankfurt, Ferrari’s new lighter V8 wonder, the 458 Speciale, is the latest product of Italian automobile manufacturer’s wizardry. Keeping with Ferrari’s core philosophy of extreme technological innovation and research, the already exceptional 458 Italia has been given advances in its powertrain, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics, to transform it into a car worthy of the “Speciale” moniker.
The car is touted to have Ferrari’s most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever (605 cv) with an extraordinary specific power output of 135 cv/l – the highest ever achieved by a road-going naturally aspirated engine. The 458 Speciale’s weight to power ratio of just 2.13 kg/cv, allows it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3 seconds.
Those looking for an “on-the-edge-your-seat” driving experience, the vehicle’s dynamic subsystems give the driver instant confidence and amazing control at hight speeds, natural power oversteer management and precise responds to commands. The 458 Speciale’s Side Slip angle Control system (SSC) makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit. The SSC’s accurate new algorithm performs instant-to-instant analysis of the car’s side slip, comparing it with the target value and then optimising both torque management and torque distribution between the two wheels.