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by Tim Beissmann

Details of the new and updated Ferrari models launching in Australia in 2015.

 

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Ferrari 458 Speciale A – February

The first deliveries of the Ferrari 458 Speciale A will commence in February, but we’ve got bad news if you haven’t ordered one yet: they’re all sold.

In fact, the iconic Italian brand was only able to satisfy 40 per cent of demand for the $635,000 plus on-road costs convertible supercar in Australia, leading the region’s boss to label it “the most hotly contested special edition in Ferrari’s history”.

The 458 Speciale A (the ‘A’ stands for ‘aperta’, which means ‘open’ in Italian) is effectively a folding-roof version of the 458 Speciale hardtop.

It’s powered by Ferrari’s most powerful naturally aspirated V8 – the 4.5-litre unit churning out 445kW and 540Nm.

Tipping the scales at 1340 kilograms, the open-air model matches the fixed-roof Speciale’s 3.0-second 0-100km/h sprint and 1 minute 23.5 second lap time around the company’s Fiorano test circuit.

As with the 458 Speciale, the Speciale A gets louvre vents near the headlights, a more aggressive front bumper and air intakes, winged side sills, rear diffuser and five-spoke forged alloy wheels, along with lashings of carbonfibre throughout the cabin. The retractable aluminium roof takes 14 seconds to either open or close.

Read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale A.

 

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Ferrari 458 M – December

Ferrari will continue its transition from natural aspiration to forced induction when it unveils the updated 458 at March’s Geneva motor show.

The upgraded version, speculatively known as the 458 M, is expected to be powered by an uprated version of the twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 from the California T.

The engine produces 412kW and 755Nm in the entry-level convertible, but could be tweaked to pump out up to 500kW for the updated 458.

Spy shots captured in August revealed the updated model’s more muscular rear wheel arches and a new set of exhaust outlets, which move away from the current car’s triple-pipe layout.

With Ferrari Australasia priding itself for its ability to get cars to our market within nine months of their global unveilings, expect the first deliveries of the updated 458 to take place from December.

Read more about the Ferrari 458 M.




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