We’ll have to be completely honest with you, we are not too fond of the concept of upgrading Ferrari models in any way. They are masterpieces right from the factory, and by trying to change that, you run the risk of completely ruin that Ferrari look.
In the case of this Ferrari upgrade by Capristo, however, we feel the tuner did a pretty good job at revising the 458 Spider without changing a lot of the car’s elements. From the looks of things, all of the changes it made fit in well with the character of the 458, while making it look a little bit more aggressive.
Capristo wanted to give the 458 a look to match its 562-horsepower, V-8 engine, so it replaced the original engine cover, which doesn’t give you a good look at the mighty engine, and replaced it with one that features glass viewing pane and extra vents to more effectively draw the heat away from the engine compartment.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Spider by Capristo.
Gallery Ferrari 458 Italia Spider
Ferrari 458 Spider by Capristo
The kit offered by Capristo includes a new engine cover with looking glass, two side covers, lock cover and an airbox that draws more air into the engine, helping add up to an additional 18 pound-feet of torque to the 4.5-liter V-8, pushing its total twisting power to as high as 416 pound-feet.
All the new elements are made from carbon fiber, and the upgrade kit checks in at &euro9,800, which is about $13,500 at the current exchange rates.
Gallery Ferrari 458 Spider By Capristo
Wanting to optimize a Ferrari, nearly borders on blasphemy. And that not all dare to lay a hand on a Ferrari for good reasons, suits the Sauerland company Capristo in Sundern just right. The team led by CEO Antonio Capristo is among others, known worldwide for exquisite exhaust systems of premium quality, when it comes to lending a sonorous voice to the finest vehicles in the upper premium segment.
But at this point, the discussion should be about another specialty of the house Capristo: the tinkering, producing, and finally exchanging individual car body parts. This happened so accordingly with the engine bonnet of the Ferrari F458 Spider, after various customers criticized, that their view into the “engine room” was being denied.
While the original engine bonnet is closed and built very shallowly, the other shows, after a long, intensive and cost-intensive development period, a vertically centered transparent pane, which allow the mostly envious gazes upon the 8-cylinder engine. In addition, due to optic but also cooling-technical reasons, additional air vents came in, the flanks beside the pane were built more aggressive and higher so that more air is brought to the air-intake of the airbox during higher speeds, and to supply the oil cooling with more air.
The conversion set with uncompromising precision fitting from the company Capristo, contains an engine bonnet with glass pane, two side covers, lock cover and an airbox which brings up to 25 Nm additional torque. All parts were produced from baked carbon, and of course, also an engine bonnet as an unlacquered set is available at a cost of 9,800 Euro!