The Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale is one bad mutha, and that’s putting it in a PG-13 light.
So when you have a car that looks and performs like a rock star, aftermarket companies are going to be lining up to get a piece of this mighty Ferrari, including Novitec Rosso.
In some ways, it’s not surprising that Novitec Rosso would be one of the first tuners to get its hands on a 458 Speciale. And we know what happens when it has a Ferrari on its hands. Aftermarket awesomeness!
In this particular case, Novitec’s work on the 458 Speciale is limited to a Stage 1 kit, which pretty much means a simple engine tune and a new set of wheels. With 600 horsepower on tap from the factory, Novitec was able to bump it up to 622 horsepower. Sure, it’s not a massive increase, but it appears to be a small sample of bigger things to come. There’s also a set of custom Novitec NF4 forged wheels that are finished in black with bright yellow rims, and blacked out taillights.
That’s the extent of Novitec Rosso’s Stage 1 kit for the 458 Speciale. More importantly, though, the program suggests that there could be a Stage 2 or possibly Stage 3 kit. That’s what we’re definitely looking forward to.
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2013 Ferrari 458 Speciale Stage 1 by Novitec Rosso
Those wheels are unmistakably Novitec Rosso’s.
Stealthy looking with an Italian attitude; that’s a Novitec-stamped 458 Speciale.
Don’t be fooled by the Stage 1 kit; there’s 622 horsepower under that hood.
The blacked-out treatment on the lights fits on the 458 Speciale.
Ferrari has a way of reminding us that even with the launch of newer and more powerful models, it can still bring out the best of its old reliables.
With the LaFerrari, the F12Berlinetta and the F12 all slotted above the 458 Italia, it was safe to assume that the 458 was being left out. So Ferrari did what Ferrari always does: it built a lighter, faster and more powerful version of the 458, calling it the 458 Speciale.
Differentiating its appearance with a blue and white stripe running down the middle of the supercar, the 458 Speciale is a beast and a half, capable of reaching speeds of up to 202 mph, thanks to a 4.5-liter, V-8 engine that’s been improved to produce 596 horsepower and 698 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough pop to sprint the 458 to 60 mph in just three seconds.