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  • Mileage: 1,206
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Engine Size: 4497cc
  • Interior Colour: Black Alcantara
  • Exterior Colour: Rosso Corsa
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Seats: 2
  • Service:
  • Reg date: 2014/6

Optional extras

  • Red Brake Calipers
  • Scuderia Wing Shields
  • Internal/external Electric, Chromatic Mirrors
  • Radio Navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • Yellow Rev Counter
  • Carbon Fibre Racing Seats
  • Driver Seat Adjustment Device
  • Integrated Audio System
  • Red 3D Fabric


Top Gear says:

Is it as fast as it looks?

How about 0-62 in three seconds dead? It's rocketed along by a 4.5-litre naturally-aspirated V8 that makes an astounding 605bhp. It can corner at 1.33g, where an Enzo managed a not-piffling 1.1g. It's caressed onto the road by about 210kg of downforce at 125mph.

How do they do that?

A weight cut, for a start: it loses 90kg thanks to a some even more rinky-dink alloys in the all-aluminium structure, a lighter roof, lighter intake system (carbon-fibre airbox), more skeletal wheels, thinner glass and a plastic rear window. In the cabin, it's all low-fat trim and no carpets.

Next up, some truly nifty aero. At the tail, the spoiler is re-shaped, raised and moved back. This works hand-in-hand with the gaping lower diffuser, a triple-channel tunnel – the exhaust had to be re-shaped to make room for it. The diffuser causes drag though, so at 140mph three motorised flaps open down into the channels, stalling it and cutting the drag back. As soon as you turn the wheel, you need your downforce again, so the flaps pop shut.

Meanwhile, also at 140mph, a passive vane in the nose opens to restore the front-rear balance. Oh and there are 'turning vanes' at the nose and fins over the sills ahead of the rear wheels, both further improving downforce, though only by a few kilos. They, like the stripes, probably add mostly psychological speed.

And more power demands more cooling. But instead of making the radiators bigger (and heavier), there are new extractor openings in the front bonnet. It starts to look like a proper racer.

The dampers are a new generation of adaptive magneto-rheological items, with re-programming to match. The springs are stiffer, the whole suspension recalibrated. And the tyres are a new generation of Michelin, grippy beyond belief in the hot and dry, without losing out to the standard 458 items in the wet and cold.

And it's a Ferrari, so I'm guessing there's something going on in the engine department?

Indeed. The Speciale's elaborations over the regular 458 engine, already one of the sharpest mechanisms in motordom, concentrate on high-rev power. The roof is raised to 9000rpm, and there are higher-lift cams, new pistons, shorter inlet tracts and new exhaust. But because the compression is now a staggering 14 to one, mid-rev torque didn't suffer. The howl of this assembly as it revs to the sky is something to make your day. Or year! 


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