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by David Zalstein

A lightweight Ferrari 458 Scuderia with up to 450kW is expected to be revealed at September’s Frankfurt motor show, according to a US report.

Car and Driver reports that sources in Italy have suggested the Ferrari 458 Italia Scuderia will bring with it more power and less weight and refinements to the rear-wheel-drive supercar’s transmission and aerodynamics.

With the 425kW/540Nm race-ready Ferrari 458 Challenge (pictured top) said to provide a guide to the aggressive direction of the new Ferrari 458 Italia-based Scuderia model, the report says the new car will also employ an active rear diffuser in a first for the Prancing Horse, which will automatically change position depending on speed, lateral g forces, and throttle position.

Ferrari 458 Italia

Set to tackle the likes of the Porsche GT3 RS and the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, the standard 458 Italia’s 419kW/540Nm direct-injected 4.5-litre V8 is to receive a power increase to nearer 450kW in Scuderia guise thanks to new forged connecting rods, a new 9300rpm redline – up 300rpm – and a revised engine control unit (ECU), while the car’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox should deliver even faster shift times.

Ensuring the 458’s already-impressive performance only gets better, a vehicle weight below 1315kg has reportedly been targeted – 170kg lighter than the standard car’s 1485kg – and will likely join an improved carbon-ceramic Brembo brake package and a louder, less restrictive, exhaust system.

The last Scuderia model released by Ferrari was the 375kW/470Nm 430 Scuderia in 2008 – a car that at 1250kg dry, weighed 100kg less than the standard 360kW/465Nm Ferrari F430.