Bound for Frankfurt Motor Show next month, the Ferrari 458 Speciale is essentially the Ferrari 458 Italia on steroid. Already deemed by critics to be one of the most perfect supercar available today, engineers at Ferrari thought of more improvements and came away with the initial schematics for the Speciale. They started with the V8 powerplant first and tweaked an additional 35 horsepower to a total 597 horsepower, up from the original 562. In fact, the company certified it to be the most powerful, naturally aspirated V8 engine in Ferrari’s history. Another addition was the active aerodynamic system, which actuate flaps on the car’s front and rear to achieve optimal aerodynamic efficiency and downforce. Coupled with the active aero kit is the new Slip Angle Control (SSC), where nanosecond-long computation between the engine and traction control system allows the car to “dial-in” the ideal solution during tight cornering or wheel slip.
Capable of 0 to 62 mph in 3 seconds flat, the Ferrari 458 Speciale is about 1.5 second faster than the standard Ferrari 458 Italia, a minute improvement when you consider the Ferrari 458 Speciale rumored price of $330,000 USD.