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The full launch announcement as well as complete technical specifications are well below. The photos are pretty intoxicating in themselves, but there is also an engine audio clip toward the bottom as well.
The 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale is available now at Ferrari dealerships worldwide, or you can build your own with the new Ferrari.com configurator at the link below.
See my ideal specification over in this other article as well!
458 Speciale Official Debut Film
2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale EXTERIOR GALLERY
2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale INTERIOR GALLERY
|Type||V8 – 90°|
|Bore and stroke||94 x 81 mm (3.7 x 3.2 in)|
|Overall displacement||4497 cm3|
|Maximum power**||445 kW (605 cv) at 9000 rpm|
|Specific power output||135 cv/l|
|Maximum torque||540 Nm at 6000 rpm|
|Maximum revs (limiter)||9000 rpm|
|**Including 3.7 kW by ram effect|
|Front track||1679 mm|
|Rear track||1632 mm|
|Dry weight*||1290 kg|
|Kerb weight*||1395 kg|
|Weight distribution||42% front, 58% rear|
|Weight/power ratio||2.13 kg/cv|
|Fuel tank capacity||86 l|
|*With optional equipment|
|Front||245/35 ZR20 J9.0|
|Rear||305/30 ZR 20 J11.0|
|High performance ABS/EBD||High performance antilock braking system/electronic brake force distribution|
|F1-Trac||F1 traction control|
|E-diff||Third generation electronic differential|
|SSC||Side slip angle control|
|Frs SCM-E||Magnetorheological suspension control with frequency analysis system and twin solenoids|
|Type||7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission|
|Maximum speed||>325 km/h|
|0-100 km/h||3.0 sec|
|0-200 km/h||9.1 sec|
|0-400 m||10.7 sec|
|0-1000 m||19.4 sec|
|Weight/power ratio||2.13 kg/cv|
|Fiorano lap time||1’23”5|
11.8 l/100 km
Extreme technology for an uncompromising new V8
Maranello, 20th August 2013 – The 458 Speciale is the latest product of Ferrari’s core philosophy of extreme technological innovation and research which, in this instance, has yielded powertrain, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics advances that transform the already exceptional 458 Italia into a car genuinely worthy of the “Speciale” moniker. The result is a completely new, uncompromising, streamlined sports car concept.
Many of the sophisticated solutions being applied for the very first time to an in-range car in the 458 Speciale, including its advanced active aerodynamics, will become a standard feature of all new Ferraris in the future.
Flanked in the Maranello marque’s range by the multi-award-winning 458 Italia and 458 Spider, the new mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta was designed to boost both performance and driving emotion to unprecedented levels, yet simultaneously guarantee smooth, effortless control in all kinds of situations.
Having lavished meticulous attention on the power unit that was named “Best Performance Engine” at the International Engine of the Year Awards for two consecutive years, Ferrari has now built its most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever (605 cv) with an extraordinary specific power output of 135 cv/l , the highest ever achieved by a road-going naturally aspirated engine.
Thanks to an equally exceptional weight/power ratio of just 2.13 kg/cv, the 458 Speciale can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.0” (0-200 km/h in 9.1”) and also clocked a lap time of just 1’23”5 at the Fiorano Circuit.
Aerodynamic requirements guided the work of the Ferrari Styling Centre, which led the project in cooperation with Pininfarina, to sculpt the car’s forms to ensure they were more performance-oriented than ever. The most notable features in this sense are the front and rear movable aerodynamics which balance downforce and cut drag, thus helping make the 458 Speciale the most aerodynamically efficient range production car in Ferrari history (E Index of 1.5)
The technology used in the vehicle dynamics subsystems which gives the driver instant confidence and control at high speeds, natural power oversteer management and precise response to commands are further advances in an area in which Ferrari is already a well-established leader.
One of the most innovative content of the 458 Speciale is the Side Slip angle Control system (SSC) which makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit, thereby greatly improving driving emotions. Thanks to the development of an accurate new algorithm SSC performs instant-to-instant analysis of the car’s side slip, comparing it with the target value and then optimising both torque management (via integration with F1-Trac traction control) and torque distribution between the two wheels (via integration with the E-Diff electronic differential).
Part and parcel of the car’s development included Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres which were specifically honed for it in an intensive collaboration programme involving, amongst other factors, numerous track test and simulator sessions. Conceived for the 458 Speciale, they boost performance over a single lap in the dry as well as improving performance consistency in subsequent laps. They also allow the car to avail of maximum available grip in the wet.
The abovementioned technical content has improved the 458 Speciale’s single lap time and also delivers repeatability of that performance on subsequent laps that is absolutely unprecedented for a car not designed exclusively for track use. The result is that the 458 Speciale has the fastest response time (0.060 s) and highest lateral acceleration (1.33 g) ever achieved by a car in the Prancing Horse range.
The 458 Speciale will receive its public world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.
Total displacement 4495 cm3
Max. power output 605 cv at 9000 rpm
Max. torque 540 Nm at 6000 rpm
Dry weight 1290 kg
Weight/power ratio 2.13 kg/cv
0 – 200 km/h 9.1”
Fiorano lap time 1’23”5
Emissions (ECE + EUDC
combined cycle)CO2 emissions** 275 gr/km
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