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 458M - 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 2-second area.
The 458M 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.
Note: current Ferrari 458 Italia pictured here.
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Developed specifically to take on the current Ferrari 458 Italia, the McLaren 650S is already the hottest sports car you can buy. Blending styling cues from both the discontinued MP4-12C and the lightning-fast P1 supercar , the 650S has plenty of things to brag about. Its 3.8-liter V-8 engine cranks out no less than 640 turbocharged horses and 500 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch tranny, the mill sends the 650S screaming from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.9 seconds. With recent tests showing the 650S can be even faster, the 458M will need a lot of muscle to get back on top.
In spite of its track-oriented nature, the 650S doesn’t lack the amenities required by today’s pretentious market. The vehicle’s cabin is equipped with soft-touch surfaces all round, carbon-fiber and aluminum inserts and convenience features ranging from standard satellite radio and navigation to an optional backup camera. The 650S retails from $265,500, a mark Ferrari will find very hard to achieve.
Gallery McLaren 650S
The Lamborghini Huracan arrived to replace the aging Gallardo as the company’s entry-level supercar . Unlike the 650S and the upcoming 458M, the Italian rocket still relies on naturally aspirated power and ten cylinders. With 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque on tap, the Huracan seems at a disadvantage when compared to the McLaren, but its 0-to-60 mph time of about three seconds and top speed of 205 mph prove that power and torque aren’t everything when it comes to brutal launches.
Like its predecessor, the Huracan benefits from a driver-oriented cabin that features a 12.3-inch TFT display and all its buttons and switches condensed in one place. Carbon-fiber pieces and inserts are natural presence throughout the cockpit, with Alcantara leaving very little room for hard plastic. The Huracan will fetch more than $200,000 in the United States, but we expect it to be cheaper, albeit less exclusive than the McLaren 650S.