Ferrari M458-T

Ferrari M458-T

The turbocharged California T came as a big surprise in early 2014, but it appears Ferrari aims to add forced induction to all of its V-8-powered sports cars . Concerned about both fuel economy and safe ways to increase output, the Italians are testing a turbocharged version of the Ferrari 458 as we speak. While rumors about a force-fed 458 surfaced in early 2014 when a white mule was spotted playing in the snow, a new batch of spy shots featuring a camouflaged sports car comes to confirm the turbo 458 is well underway.

Reportedly dubbed M458-T , the new iteration of the company’s entry-level sports car is expected to see significant gains in terms of horsepower. Specifically, the turbocharger attached to the new V-8 unit is likely to push output to around 670 ponies, a 74-horsepower addition to the 596 ponies available with the 458 Speciale. Of course, more power means an updated cooling system and revised aerodynamics as well, with minor design changes to further mark the introduction of the first turbocharged 458.

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There’s been a lot of commotion around Ferrari ’s decision to turbocharge the California , one that created a new breach into the company’s naturally aspirated habits. If you’re among those that got a little upset over the forced induction treatment received by the California, despite huge torque gains, then you’d better buckle up because the Italians are planning yet another switch.

According to CAR, who got its ears on some precious info circulating around Maranello, the 458 Italia is the next Ferrari to benefit from turbocharging. Specifically, Ferrari engineers are no longer looking to squeeze more power from the familiar 4.5-liter V-8 unit, but replace it altogether with the 3.8-liter powerplant that debuted in the California T . Of course, the mid-engined Prancing Horse will receive more than just the 560 ponies powering the latter.

Word has it the next 458 Italia - reportedly dubbed the M458-T — will pack as much as 670 bhp (680 horsepower), meaning the Italians are trying to regain the precious crown they lost right after McLaren unleashed the staggering 650S . Since adding more than 100 ponies to twin-turbo powerplant via boost pressure shouldn’t be a problem for the sharp-witted folks at Maranello, we expect the upgraded sports car to be a lot faster than the current model, with the 0-to-60 benchmark to drop from 3.4 seconds to the high two-second area.

The M458-T will also benefit from the company’s latest developments in terms of technology, CAR adds without revealing any specific details, but expect some fuel-saving and turbo lag-eliminating tricks.

Scheduled to break cover in 2015, the turbocharged 458 must be undergoing extensive testing as we speak. With that in mind, it’s very likely that the mule our spy photographers spotted earlier this year had a force-inducing unit under its rear glass. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about that soon enough.

Updated 08/26/2014: A fresh set of spy photos of the Ferrari M458-T have made their way into our inbox. Check them out by clicking on the gallery! The M458-T is expected to be unveiled in March 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Source: CAR

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