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    Breaking: Ferrari 458 Speciale speeds toward Frankfurt

    Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Coupe, Performance, Ferrari

    When the doors open at the Frankfurt Motor Show in a few weeks, there'll be loads of new cars and new versions of existing ones. And as far as the latter category goes at least, this will undoubtedly be what show-goers will look forward to most.

    What we have here is the Ferrari 458 Speciale - the successor to the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia, and the hard-core version of the 458 Italia. It was expected to carry the name Monte Carlo, but then Ferrari has never been fond of letting the press dictate what it would call its cars. But forget the nameplate: what really matters is what it's got to offer.

    For starters, the award-winning, high-revving 4.5-liter V8 has been retuned to deliver 605 cv (596 hp by our standards), up from 562 hp in the standard 458, while torque remains the same at 398 lb-ft. But the other side of the power-to-weight ratio (quoted at 2.13 kg/cv) is the extra mass Ferrari has cut out of the equation: the 458 Speciale's dry weight is quoted at 1,290 kg (2,844 lbs), representing a significant drop from the 458 Italia's 1,485 kg (3,274 lb) curb weight.
    The sum total is the quickest response time, highest lateral acceleration and slipperiest shape of any production road car Ferrari has ever made.
    Adaptive aerodynamics - which Ferrari plans on integrating into all future road cars - further help the 458 Speciale run to 62 mph in 3 seconds flat and to 124 mph in 9.1 seconds. It's also said to lap Fiorano in 1:23.5, half a tick behind the twelve-cylinder F12 Berlinetta. The engineers in Maranello have also cooked up a new Side Slip Angle Control system that interfaces with the electronic differential to help it handle on the limit, with specially-developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber to help the Speciale grip at 1.33 g in lateral acceleration.

    The sum total is what Ferrari claims as the highest specific output of any naturally-aspirated engine on the market and the quickest response time (whatever that refers to), highest lateral acceleration and slipperiest shape of any production road car it's ever made. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but you can expect to pay a substantial premium over the Italia's MSRP, if you can get your hands on one. Dive into the press release below the fold for more.Continue reading Ferrari 458 Speciale speeds toward Frankfurt
    Ferrari 458 Speciale speeds toward Frankfurt originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 20 Aug 2013 07:22:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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