When we first got wind of the Ferrari 458 Italia’s upcoming refresh, we heard it would arrive with a smaller engine, a turbocharger or two, and it would wear the badge M458-T. The M stands for Modificata, and signifies any car that has been heavily modified, but not replaced. The 458 denotes the model, and the T is there to proclaim the car’s usage of force induction.
What we didn’t really know was what engine would make it into the car, or what kind of power it would produce. Recently, the folks over at AutoCar found some of their usual “sources” and got to work trying to figure out the details of the upcoming car. We still don’t have any hard and fast facts, but we do have some very strong and believable guidelines that Ferrai is aiming for.
First, the current 4.5-liter V-8 is gone, to be replaced by a smaller engine. The smaller engine has no confirmed displacement, but Ferrari needs to shoot for less than 4.0 liters to avoid a massive tax hike in China. As one of the largest new-car markets, Ferrari will be doing everything it can to make its cars appeal more to Chinese buyers.
The engine will feature a pair of turbochargers to increase horsepower above current levels; expect final figures to sit at 650 horsepower or more, beating the rival McLaren 650S’ 641 ponies. Torque will be an issue with this new engine, as the current transmission that Ferrari uses can’t handle the excessive level of torque this new motor will produce. The seven-speed Getrag auto is used across the Ferrari lineup and in the California T already has a limited torque output to prevent destroying the cog-swapper. Even the mighty V-12 engine in the LaFerrari only produces a max torque level of 516 pound-feet.
The final unanswered question revolves around Ferrari’s naming scheme. The 458 is named for its 4.5-liter engine and eight-cylinder engine. With a smaller displacement, Ferrari could alter the name to be the M408-T to match a 4.0-liter engine, or it could just leave it 458 because it’s Ferrari and it does as it pleases.
Like all things revolving around rumors and speculation, this info should be taken with a grain of salt. And don’t forget to keep your eyes locked here on TopSpeed.com. This new 458 is expected to be announced at Geneva next year, and we will be sure to keep you all updated on the news as it gets released.
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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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