Details of the new additions to Ferrari Australia’s showroom in 2014.
Ferrari 458 Speciale (mid 2014)
The first examples of Ferrari’s pumped up, lightweight, 458 Speciale are on track for local delivery in mid 2014, with just 50-60 examples produced for Australia and NZ; each wearing a $550K price tag. Following in the stripped out footsteps of the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia, the 458 Speciale is powered by an upgraded 445kW/540Nm version of the ‘standard’ Italia’s 4.5-litre naturally aspirated mid-mounted V8 engine. Capable of soaring to 9000rpm, Ferrari claims the engine’s 99kW per litre specific power output is the highest ever achieved by a road-going, naturally aspirated engine. A range of weight-saving measures, including increased use of carbonfibre, has lowered weight by 195kg (to 1290kg), and claimed 0-100km/h time is down to a blistering 3.0sec. Aero upgrades, including active cooling flaps in the nose, turning vanes either side of the front bumper, and a larger rear spoiler, improve downforce and high-speed stability without increasing aerodynamic drag.