Ferrari 458 Speciale A debuts
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13th October, 2014
The Ferrari 458 Speciale A made its world debut at the 2014 Mondial de
l’Automobile (Paris Motor Show) last week. A limited edition special series of just 499 cars, the new model enhances the
sublime pleasure of Ferrari drop-top driving with the blistering performance of the company’s most powerful
naturally-aspirated V8 engine ever.
This latest spider is a celebration of the 458.
The 458 Speciale A (the A stands for Aperta) is powered by a V8 engine that delivers a maximum of 605 cv and a
record specific power output of 135 cv/l. Torque stands at 540 Nm at 6,000 rpm. This adds up to a car capable of
extraordinary performance (0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds flat).
Engine aside, another pivotal factor in the benchmark performance delivered by the 458 Speciale A is its active
aerodynamics. Thanks to a Ferrari-patented mechanism, two vertical flaps at the front of the car and one on the underbody
open at high speeds to lower drag. At the rear, an original set-up centring around a mobile diffuser augments downforce
as required too. The result is that the 458 Spider A is the most efficient Ferrari spider ever built.
Also fundamental are the aerospace-derived materials and technologies adopted in the chassis which is made from 10
aluminium alloys to combine lightness and rigidity, and the retractable hard top (RHT) which deploys or retracts in just
14 seconds. The Speciale A uses latest-generation electronics, specifically Side Slip Angle Control system (SSC) which
allows even less expert drivers to exit corners on the limit, delivering a uniquely exhilarating driving experience
underscored by the signature Ferrari soundtrack.
For its world premiere, the 458 Speciale A has been given an unusual triple-layer Modena yellow livery in honour of
the colour of the eponymous city, as well as a central stripe in Blu NART and Bianco Avus, an homage to Luigi Chinetti’s
American racing team which won many events in Ferraris in the 1960s.
The 458 Speciale A’s Grigio Corsa five-spoke wheels are forged for maximum lightness. The cabin interior has been kept
absolutely minimal with extensive use of carbon-fibre for the dash, door panels and central tunnel which, like the
treadplates, are in an exclusive blue for the Paris premiere. The 458 Speciale A’s seats are newly designed and feature
Alcantara upholstery, contrasting stitching and 3D technical fabric.
Spefications are subject to change without notice.