2020 Ferrari 458 Speciale Armored by Add Armor
Your Ferrari deserves a level of protection that, say, your Honda Civic doesn’t. On that end, Ferrari owners may find themselves interested in this Ferrari 458 Speciale that’s been tuned to not only produce more power out of its 4.5-liter turbocharged V-8 engine, but to also carry proper protection in the form of armor. The real kind of armor, too. For a starting price of just $28,000, Add Armor will kit your Ferrari with armor that’s supposedly 10 times stronger than ballistic steel without compromising your Ferrari’s performance capabilities. That’s what you call hitting two birds with one stone, folks.
Ferrari unveiled the 458 Italia in 2010, then followed that up with the more precise and track-ready 458 Speciale in 2014. As is the tradition with all modern mid-engined Ferraris, Maranello creates a great car, then a year or two later it chops the top off of it to create a roadster version. We knew it was coming, but now the convertible version of the Ferrari 458 Speciale is here, and it’s calling it the “A."
It may be a silly name, but that A stands for Aperta, the Italian word for open. This is also more than a simple roofless version of the 458 Speciale; the Speciale A features the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 the company has ever used in a spider. Compared to the old 458 Spider, this new machine is faster and more powerful, and Ferrari was even able to keep the weight down. This new car only weighs 50 kg (110 pounds) more than its hard-top sibling.
If you want one, you need to get your order in yesterday. Ferrari is limiting this new car to just 499 units. We don’t know how many of those are slated for U.S. consumption, but rest assured it won’t be a lot. If you are undecided about taking home one of these beauties, hit that jump and read our full overview of this incredible new Italian convertible.
Updated 08/18/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.
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2016 Ferrari 458 MM Speciale
Launched in 2013, the Ferrari 458 Speciale became the range-topping version of the 458 Italia and replaced the 430 Scuderia in the company’s entry-level sports car lineup. The Speciale name added a revised aerodynamic package with active elements designed by Ferrari Styling Center in cooperation with Pininfarina, a more exclusive interior, and a more powerful V-8 engine that gained 34 horses over the standard 458 Italia. At the time of its unveiling, the 458 Speciale was the quickest V-8-powered Ferrari in the lineup, being only a half-second slower than the F12berlinetta on the company’s Fiorano test track.
Although it was discontinued in 2015 when Maranello replaced the 458 Italia with the 488 GTB, Ferrari completed this specific model in 2016. Dubbed the MM Speciale, it sports a custom body that borrows many features from the newer 488 GTB, as well as a number of exclusive elements inside and out. The vehicle is unique, was built for a British buyers, and unveiled at the Fiorano circuit in the hands of Ferrari chief test driver Dario Benuzzi.
Although its not faster or more powerful than the 458 Speciale it is based on, the MM Speciale is the most radical road-going version of the 458 Italia ever launched. Keep reading to find out what makes it special.
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Mansory is arguably one of the most famous supercar tuners in the world. Mansory’s got a bevy of programs for some of the fastest and most powerful exotics, and its new program for the Ferrari 458 Speciale is just the latest in that long and impressive list.
As awesome as the Ferrari 458 Italia is, the 458 Speciale is better in every facet. But Mansory has a way of turning "better" into "best."
That’s the approach the Swiss tuner took in developing a carbon fiber aerodynamic package for the 458 Speciale, turning the proud Italian supercar into a carbon-clad exotic that fits Mansory’s outrageous style.
There are no performance modifications aside from carbon-induced weight loss, but I’m assuming that will change in the near future. This 458 Speciale aerodynamic program is likely not the final product because if there’s anything we’ve come to know about Mansory, it’s that it loves engine upgrades as much as it does carbon fiber.
If Mansory drops a few horsepower improvements into the 458 Speciale, we will be the first to let you know.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale By Mansory.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale was first introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, bringing some much needed life back into the 458. It’s hard to be the 458 when you have the LaFerrari and the F12berlinetta keeping you in the shadows. But the 458 Speciale is special in a lot of ways, not the least of which was the added performance boost Ferrari gave it.
German tuning firm Novitec Rosso saw what Ferrari did and quickly reacted. Sure, the tuner might have been impressed at first, but as a company known for incredible Ferrari programs, Novitec Rosso always has an eye on improving upon near perfection.
So here it is, ladies and gentlemen. The Ferrari 458 Speciale by Novitec Rosso.
It’s an incredible piece of work, although it’s the kind that can be expected of Novitec Rosso. The program is comprehensive, too. From aerodynamic improvements to numerous performance kits, Novitec Rosso’s program for the 458 Speciale is the kind that turns a taken-for-granted supercar into a sparkling piece of Italian awesomeness.
Novitec Rosso’s program for the Ferrari 458 Speciale is another feather in its cap, although if you look at what the tuner’s wearing, there’s already one too many feathers in it to begin with.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale By Novitec Rosso.
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 or street.
Updated 06/17/2014: We have added about 40 new high-res images of the 458 Speciale photo gallery. Check them out and see the car in yellow. Enjoy!
Updated 10/22/2014: Ferrari unveiled a new video of its 458 Speciale, this time focusing on the vehicle’s dynamics. Enjoy!
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You might not know this, but life is hard for Ferrari owners. Not only is there the constant fear that a fire is going to break out behind your head at any given time, but since any millionaire may as well be able to buy one, there’s always the fear that you could show up to the next yacht party and have to park your 458 Italia next to someone else’s 458 Italia that looks exactly the same. Can you imagine how awful that would be? It could possibly be even more embarrassing than being seen wearing the same Hermes tie as another guy in the boardroom.
Luckily, for people with just that particular set of problems, there are companies out there that dare to do what few would ever dream of attempting and offer products to personalize or "refine" your supercar more extensively than you could from the factory. DMC Luxury is one such company, and their latest is the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia "MCC Edition." If you have a Ferrari in need of a more visually unique look but don’t want to go all out, this may be the package for you.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia "MCC Edition" By DMC Luxury.
It may not seem like it, but the Ferrari 458 is starting to show its age when compared to its competitors’ newest models like the Huracán and 650S. It’s conceivable then that this white stallion prancing around in the snow might be the 458’s replacement.
Caught drifting around snow banks in Northern Sweden, this Ferrari test mule is definitely helping develop something. The first and most noticeable thing are the front fenders. It looks like some engineer needed more room to mount snow tires, so a Sawzall was used to open up the wheel wells. Around the side, black tape seems to be holding body panels together just forward of the rear tire. We’re not too sure what’s going on here, but Ferrari certainly has something up its sleeve.
We suspect the 458’s replacement would generate more power than the current car and matching, or more likely, exceeding the 610 horsepower from the Lamborghini Huracán and getting close to the 640-horsepower output of the McLaren 650S. A dual-clutch transmission is an inevitable return, and could either the be same seven-speed unit the 458 currently has or perhaps Ferrari is working on a unit with more gears. Only time will tell.
This does seem to be a very early prototype in the 458 replacement program, given it’s the first one photographed and its body panels are ill-fitting. Keep posted to TopSpeed for any developing information.
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Another week, another program for DMC.
This time, DMC has dressed up a Ferrari 458 Italia with not only a custom stealthy black finish, but a custom body kit that’s befitting of its name: Elegante.
This isn’t the first time DMC has used the Elegante kit on the 458, but it is the first time the coupe got the treatment — last time it was the 458 Spider that received the kit.
The Elegante body kit is as comprehensive as its name leads you to believe. It’s got all the usual digs we’ve come to expect from DMC, including a new front spoiler lip, larger side skirts and a new rear bumper with a modified diffuser setup.
The engine also gets some minor performance upgrades that pump it up to a stout 608 horsepower, thanks in large part to a remapped ECU and a new stainless-steel exhaust system. That’s a pretty healthy upgrade from its stock 562 horsepower from its base 4.5-liter V-8.
Far be it for us to judge the number supercars DMC modifies, we still go back to our belief of quantity is only as good as the quality. So far, DMC is proving that saying true with one quality program after another.
DMC, you’re skills in tuning supercars have no bounds.
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Apparently, the Ferrari 458 Italia is a very tunable car, as in the past few months we’ve seen tons of tuning kits, and today is time for another one coming from Luxury Customs from Switzerland.
The car was delivered by a client who wanted to get a blacked-out 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia to turn a few heads. As a result, the supercar was updated with tinted windows and taillights, blacked-out chrome logos and trim and a sleek black exterior paint. The Italia also car rides on a set of ADV.1 alloy wheels with yellow brake calipers peeking through.
Along with the dark trim, the model’s aggressive appearance was also upgraded with an exterior kit that includes a new front lip spoiler, new side skirts and a new rear diffuser that further improves the aggressive look of the prancing horse.
There are no performance upgrades included in this kit, so the Italia retains its 4.5-*liter V-8 that cranks out 562 horsepower.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Italia by Luxury Customs.
The Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale is one bad mutha, and that’s putting it in a PG-13 light.
It’s everything you want in a Ferrari this side of the LaFerrari. It’s powerful, limited, and downright awesome to look at, the 458 Speciale is as it’s name implies: special.
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.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale
The Japanese really do know how to make an impression, especially when it comes to modifications to Italian supercars. Such is the case with LB Performance’s work on the Ferrari 458. If you don’t like your stock 458 and you have the finances to afford the program, LB Performance is one of those companies you should have on speed dial.
In this particular case, the Liberty Walk subsidiary decided on doing a carefully crafted upgrade on the 458 Spyder, complete with new components that not only give the exotic an enhanced look, but also give it added performance capabilities.
The kit features a load of hot new items, highlighted by a custom front and rear spoilers and custom side skirts to go with wider wheel arches and rivets you don’t normally see on the the standard 458.
It’s a unique kit that’s different from what LB Performance’s European counterparts have built in the past years, which is precisely why it’s an attention-grabber in its own damn right.
For the privilege of having it fitted into your Ferrari 458, customers will have to shell out around €18,000 — about $24,700 based on current exchange rates. That’s a premium price to pay, but a custom-looking 458 never comes cheap.
Click past the jump to read more about LB Performance’s work on the Ferrari 458 Italia
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.
With 570 horses under its hood, the Ferrari 458 Italia is ready to tackle just about any racetrack in the world. But, why not make it even more racetrack-ready with some updates specially developed for the track, just like the ones announced today by Racing One.
Racing One started off by tinkering around under the hood, where it tricked out the 4.5 liter, V-8 engine to deliver a total of 620 horsepower — a nice bump over the stock 562 ponies. The updated engine combines with variable traction control and a seven-speed racing gearbox with Getrag rocker switch that ensures the a stunning driving experience. The best part is that the new 458 Competition has a total weight of just 2,689 pounds, which is an unbelievable 1,246-pound drop from the stock model.
The new Ferrari 458 Competition is ready to take on any race in VLN or DMV competitions, or on a track day just for fun.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Competition by Racing One.
The launch of Ferrari’s Tailor Made personalization program has given way to some pretty interesting creations over the years.
Recently, the Italian automaker added another project to its list and this one pays homage to Formula One legend Niki Lauda. Thanks to the always-ingenious work by a personal designer from the Maranello Style Center, this Ferrari 458 Italia received the treat of a host of styling upgrades.
The red body of the supercar is accentuated by a white roof that features a longitudinal image of the Italian flag. Adding to the exterior touch is the new set of gold alloy wheels that brings out the unique look of the Lauda-inspired 458 Italia.
Inside, there are plenty more distinctive touches, highlighted by the Italian flag motif on both the seats and the center tunnel. Matching red stitching was also applied on numerous parts of the cabin, including the dashboard, the seats, the steering wheel and the instrument panel.
The program is impressive in a lot of ways, but one thing we noticed was the lack of details attributed to Lauda’s home country of Austria. It’s true that the Austrian racer won two of his three world championships with Ferrari, but a simple tribute to his homeland would’ve been pretty nice.
Other than that, there aren’t a whole lot of complaints coming from us with this 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition.
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Today, DMC announced the first details on a new limited-edition project based on the Ferrari 458 Italia. Called "Estremo," this new tuning kit was specially designed for DMC’s first client in Tokyo, Japan. The kit includes the typical mods within its body kit, but it also lowers the 458 Italia’s weight between 50 to 80 kilos (110 to 176 pounds) compared to the stock model.
The 458 Italia gets a new front fascia with extreme air channels for better cooling and some additional downforce. The side-vented hood helps drop the 458’s curb weight and give it a unique look. Down the sides, DMC adds new side skirts that give the Ferrari an aggressive look and allows the wind to flow down the side unimpeded. On the rear, the 458 gains a new fascia in carbon fiber and a massive wing for even more downforce.
Under the hood the V-8 engine was updated with an optimized Engine management, refined air-filter and professional exhaust system. As a result it delivers an extra 22 horsepower - up to 592 horsepower. This allows the 458 "Estremo" to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 206 mph.
The new 458 "Estremo" will be limited to only 15 units and every 3rd customer will get a Gold-Edition which features an extra body part - not revealed for now.
Click past the jump to see the Ferrari 458 "Estremo" Edizione by DMC in a little more detail.
The first teaser image hit the Internet yesterday and now Ferrari has revealed the new 458 Challenge Evoluzione racecar, which made its world debut at the Mugello Circuit just one day after the Ferrari Challenge Finali Mondiali. The supercar builder will use the new model starting next year in the Ferrari one-make series, and it will hit the market in the upcoming weeks.
The 458 Challenge Evoluzione racer underwent its first public test on a windy and rainy day at the Tuscan raceway, which soiled some of the fun. Despite the rain spoiling the fun, these conditions helped prove that it is all to take on the competition on the tarmac.
For the 2014 model year, the 458 Challenge Evoluzione features an improved aerodynamic kit that includes a new rear wing for increased downforce, and up front it gets a new splitter and an updated floor. These changes improved its lap times and long-distance efficiency, making it a real threat to all comers. According to Ferrari, these changes will be mandatory on cars taking part in next year’s Challenge.
Ferrari has yet to release what’s going on under the new 458 racer’s skin, but we assume that it will carry the same 4.5-liter, V-8 engine that puts down 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. We do expect to see some lightening modifications to make it accelerate and handle better than the stock 458 Italia.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari 458 Italia.
The Japanese tuner Liberty Walk Performance will display an awesome tuning kit based on the Ferrari 458 Italia at the 2013 SEMA Show. The kit includes some very aggressive exterior updates, plus new Armytrix titanium exhaust pipes that will completely transform the sound of the prancing horse’s V-8 engine.
The kit includes large front and rear bumpers, a new diffuse and a large rear wing for some extra downforce. All the new elements are made from carbon fiber, so they don’t add too much weight to the supercar.
There are no details just yet if the tuner will do any work under the hood, but the 570 horsepower delivered from factory are just enough for us, though we wouldn’t be against a few extra ponies.
Liberty Walk Performance will display the 458’s body kit will be displayed at the Toyo Tires booth next to a bad-ass Nissan GT-R prepared by the same tuner.
Click past the jump to see the Ferrari 458 by Liberty Walk Performance up close with pricing.
In the past few months, DMC has focused its attention on the Lamborghini Aventador, but sometimes enough is enough! Now the tuner changed its point of view and decided to update another Italian supercar: the Ferrari 458 Spider.
The new package is called 458 Spider "Elegante" and it includes both performance and aerodynamic updates. The base 458 Spider packs a 4.5-liter V-8 powerplant that delivers a total of 570 horsepower, but that wasn’t enough for DMC. The 458 Italia Elegante package includes a remapped ECU and a new stainless-steel exhaust system. these updates are enough to increase the prancing horse’s output to a healthy 608 horsepower.
Once the tuner finished its work under the hood, DMC focused its attention on the car’s aerodynamic features. For this, it installed a new front lip spoiler, a new hood, new side skirts and a blade wing on the backside. DMC also installed a series of new elements made in carbon fiber, including: side-view mirrors, front wings, rear diffuser and fog light covers.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Spider Elegante by DMC.
A little more than two months after gifting us with a sick program for the McLaren MP4-12C, the folks over at Autodynamica are back at it again. This time it’s delivering a new treat for a fellow exotic: the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder.
Featuring a comprehensive program that includes a new aero kit from Vorsteiner to go with performance and suspension updates, Autodynamica really went to the well with its aftermarket work on the 458 Italia Spyder.
Obviously, the most distinctive part of the project is theVorsteiner kit, which we’ll get into later. What really got our juices flowing, though, are the performance and suspension upgrades the aftermarket company did to the 458 Italia Spyder. First, it installed new Akrapovic high flow cats, a titanium valved exhaust, carbon-fiber exhaust tips and KW suspension springs. Also added in were 20- and 21-inch HRE S101 wheels on the on the front and rear, respectively, wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires.
That’s not all, though. Autodynamica also gave the Ferrari supercar a new Evomsit Performance software upgrade, resulting in improved power figures to the tune of 609 horsepower, an improvement of almost 40 ponies from the standard model.
Torque numbers weren’t announced, but we expect it to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 460 pound-feet to go with an estimate 0-to-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph.
Click past the jump to read about the Vorsteiner kit Autodynamica installed into the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder.