Since the unveiling of the LaFerrari and F12berlinetta , the 458 Italia has become a little outdated, so to speak. Sure, it still holds plenty of value in the market, but it just feels dated now. Well, at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, Ferrari plans to debut a concept that it based on the 458 to not only bring the model back into light, but to also showcase future technology for the automaker.
Dubbed the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this model takes the impressive performance credentials that the 458 Italia already features and cranks the dial way up. A nice and healthy boost in output partners up with active aerodynamics and traction modifications to make this the most capable Ferrari road car to grace a track. It’s just too bad that this specific model will never make its way to production
So, what can we expect to see from Ferrari in the coming years?
Update 8/22/2013: Ferrari has just released a preview video of this awesome concept. You can see the video above.
Update 9/10/2013: The new 458 Speciale made its world debut today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. As expected, the official release came with the full specifications figures, including top speed and Fiorano times. Check them out after the jump. There are also three new video for you to enjoy!
Update 12/02/2013: Ferrari unveiled a new video (above), featuring the most powerful version in the 458 lineup. This video gives you an on-board look at the 458 Speciale with test driver Raffaele De Simone behind the wheel. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read all about the new 458 Speciale concept to find out.
The first thing that stands out on this cranked-up 458 is its sexy red paint combined with blue and white stripes down the center of the car.
Up front, the changes to the Italia are fairly drastic, as it now features a reverse-vented hood to help allow freer airflow and reduce drag. Additionally, Ferrari installed a heavily modified front skirt that features "moveable aerodynamics" — whatever Ferrari means by this — that help lower drag and increase downforce. The other aerodynamic-enhancing mods are pretty obvious and they include slits on the outer edges of the front apron, a more open mouth in the apron and the aforementioned reverse-vented hood.
From the side, we can only make out two changes. These changes include the addition of louvers on the front-fender vents and small wings just rear of the doors to help guide the airflow and increase stability.
Around back, the changes become slightly more intense. Ferrari installed a full-length grille on the rear end — as opposed to the grille on each side — to keep the engine cooler and to allow freer airflow. Just below the grille we see a new exhaust setup that features a pair of split pipes in place of the in-line trio of tailpipes found on the base 458. Just below these pipes is the big addition: a massive rear diffuser to help minimize aerodynamic lift and to guide the air smoothly from under the supercar.
Additionally, Ferrari dropped the 458’s weight to just 1,290 kg (2,844 pounds), which is down from the stock weight of 1,380 kg (3,042 pounds). Unfortunately, Ferrari did not reveal how it cut nearly 200 pounds from the supercar’s stock weight, but we’re sure it’ll reveal more in Frankfurt.
Overall, the bodywork is far from over the top and it is easy to see that this entire setup has a possibility of making its way to production. Kudos to the folks at Ferrari for saying away from an extreme-looking concept.
Gallery Ferrari 458 Speciale
|Length||4571 mm (180.0 in)|
|Width||1951 mm (76.8 in)|
|Height||1203 mm (47.4 in)|
|Wheelbase||2650 mm (104.3 in)|
|Front track||1679 mm (66.1 in)|
|Rear track||1632 mm (64.3 in)|
|Dry weight||1290 kgf (2844 lbf)|
|Kerb weight||1395 kgf (3075 lbf)|
|Weight distribution||42% front, 58% rear|
|Weight/power ratio||2.13 kg/cv (6,39 lbf//kW|
|Fuel tank capacity||86 l (22.7 US gallon)|
Ferrari didn’t describe the interior at all, but the images are more than enough to figure out where the prancing horse is going with its concept. The first thing we notice are the touches of red everywhere, including: center-seat inserts, and contrast stitching on the steering wheel, seats and dashboard.
The instrument cluster received a yellow-face treatment with "458 Speciale" on the display. Also changed are the transmission mode buttons, which Ferrari mounted on a carbon-fiber stalk that arcs toward the driver, and the floors look to be of a lightweight metal with no carpeting.
Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes
Behind the seats, the 458 Speciale retains the 4.5-liter V-8 powerplant from the base 458 Italia. However, Ferrari tuned the engine to deliver 605 Cv (596 horsepower) at 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm (398 pound-feet) of torque at 6,000 rpm. Though torque remains the same as the base 458, its horsepower jumps by 34 ponies. This translates to an amazing weight-to-power ratio of 2.13 kg (4.69 pounds) per Cv (0.99 horsepower), which is a huge improvement from the stock numbers of 2.42 kg (5.34 pounds) per Cv (0.99 horsepower).
Ferrari is not only looking to show off its new power with this concept, but it is also display its improved emissions rating. The current 458 coupe is rated at 307 g CO2 per km and the 458 Speciale is rated at 275 g CO2 per km.
The engine will be mated to a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission. This combination allows the 458 Speciale to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3 seconds and 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 9.1 seconds — the former is a 0.4-second improvement over the stock model.
The 458 Speciale also features a new Side Slip Angle Control System (SSC) that senses oversteer and instantly manages the torque delivery and distribution through Ferrari’s F1-Trac and E-Diff to keep the 458 on the road. This advanced setup combines with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires to deliver 1.33 g in lateral acceleration — the highest lateral g-force ever created by a street-legal Ferrari.
|Output (hp @ RPM)||596 @ 9,000|
|Torque (Ft-Lb @ RPM)||398 @ 6,000|
|Accelerations (0-62 MPH)||3 Sec, Est|
|Acceleration (0-124 MPH)||9.1 Sec, Est|
|Emissions||275 g CO2/km|
|Maximum speed||> 325 km/h (>202 mph)|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)||3,0 sec|
|0-200 km/h (0-124 mph)||9,1 sec|
|0-400m (0-437 yd)||10,7 sec|
|0-1000m (0-1093 yd)||19,4 sec|
|100 - 0 km/h (62 – 0 mph)||31 m (101.7 ft)|
|Fiorano lap time||1’23’’5|
Unfortunately, this is only a concept model that Ferrari is using to show off future technology, so we do not expect to see it in showrooms any time soon.
The newest addition to the outgoing Gallardo lineup is the Squadra Corse variant, which is all new for 2014. Sure, the Gallardo has a deficiency of 36 horsepower and weighs significantly more — by supercar standards — but it is actually a model that we can put our hands on. Additionally, the thing just looks sick, despite Lambo only offering it in yellow here in the States.
To say that the future looks bright for upcoming Ferrari models is an understatement. With plenty of weight saving, horsepower increases and aerodynamic modifications on the horizon, we champing at the bit to see what else is coming. Stay tuned for more, as we’re sure there will be additional details coming once Ferrari debuts the concept in Frankfurt.
- Increased power
- 1.33g lateral acceleration is insane!
- Super fast and lowered emissions
- Just a concept
Gallery Ferrari 458 Speciale
The Ferrari 458 Speciale to debut at Frankfurt
Extreme technology for an uncompromising new V8
Maranello, 20th August 2013 – The 458 Speciale is the latest product of Ferrari’s core philosophy of extreme technological innovation and research which, in this instance, has yielded powertrain, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics advances that transform the already exceptional 458 Italia into a car genuinely worthy of the “Speciale” moniker. The result is a completely new, uncompromising, streamlined sports car concept.
Many of the sophisticated solutions being applied for the very first time to an in-range car in the 458 Speciale, including its advanced active aerodynamics, will become a standard feature of all new Ferraris in the future.
Flanked in the Maranello marque’s range by the multi-award-winning 458 Italia and 458 Spider, the new mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta was designed to boost both performance and driving emotion to unprecedented levels, yet simultaneously guarantee smooth, effortless control in all kinds of situations.
Having lavished meticulous attention on the power unit that was named “Best Performance Engine” at the International Engine of the Year Awards for two consecutive years, Ferrari has now built its most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever (605 cv) with an extraordinary specific power output of 135 cv/l , the highest ever achieved by a road-going naturally aspirated engine.
Thanks to an equally exceptional weight/power ratio of just 2.13 kg/cv, the 458 Speciale can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.0” (0-200 km/h in 9.1”) and also clocked a lap time of just 1’23”5 at the Fiorano Circuit.
Aerodynamic requirements guided the work of the Ferrari Styling Centre, which led the project in cooperation with Pininfarina, to sculpt the car’s forms to ensure they were more performance-oriented than ever. The most notable features in this sense are the front and rear movable aerodynamics which balance downforce and cut drag, thus helping make the 458 Speciale the most aerodynamically efficient range production car in Ferrari history (E Index of 1.5)
The technology used in the vehicle dynamics subsystems which gives the driver instant confidence and control at high speeds, natural power oversteer management and precise response to commands are further advances in an area in which Ferrari is already a well-established leader.
One of the most innovative content of the 458 Speciale is the Side Slip angle Control system (SSC) which makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit, thereby greatly improving driving emotions. Thanks to the development of an accurate new algorithm SSC performs instant-to-instant analysis of the car’s side slip, comparing it with the target value and then optimising both torque management (via integration with F1-Trac traction control) and torque distribution between the two wheels (via integration with the E-Diff electronic differential).
Part and parcel of the car’s development included Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres which were specifically honed for it in an intensive collaboration programme involving, amongst other factors, numerous track test and simulator sessions. Conceived for the 458 Speciale, they boost performance over a single lap in the dry as well as improving performance consistency in subsequent laps. They also allow the car to avail of maximum available grip in the wet.
The abovementioned technical content has improved the 458 Speciale’s single lap time and also delivers repeatability of that performance on subsequent laps that is absolutely unprecedented for a car not designed exclusively for track use. The result is that the 458 Speciale has the fastest response time (0.060 s) and highest lateral acceleration (1.33 g) ever achieved by a car in the Prancing Horse range.
The 458 Speciale will receive its public world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION SUMMARY
EngineType V8 – 90°
Total displacement 4495 cm3
Max. power output 605 cv at 9000 rpm
Max. torque 540 Nm at 6000 rpm
Dry weight 1290 kg
Weight/power ratio 2.13 kg/cv
Performance0-100 km/h 3.0”
0 – 200 km/h 9.1”
Fiorano lap time 1’23”5
Emissions (ECE + EUDC combined cycle)CO2 emissions** 275 gr/km