Engine:4.5 L 8 CYLINDER-Transmission:7 Speed Automatic
Mileage:3,876-Drive train:Rear Wheel Drive
Exterior Color: Bianco Avus- Interior Color: Nero-Warranty Available
21″ Forged Savini Wheels-Wrapped Top-AFS System
Carbon Fiber Driver Zone-Carbon Fiber Lower Cabin
Carbon Fiber Door Panels-Carbon Fiber Door Sills
I POD-Electrochromic Mirrors-Navigation-Bluetooth
White Rev Counter-Carbon Fiber Racing Seats
Satellite Radio-HI-FI Sound-White Stitching
As instruments of pure speed, few cars can touch the 458 Italia and its convertible counterpart, the 458 Spider. Powered by a 562-hp V-8 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and riding on an F 1-inspired suspension, the mid-engine 458 is as pure a sports car as anything on the road. It looks the part, too, with X-Ac to knife styling and an intense, if overwrought, interior. Need to turn up the exclusivity? You’ll want the 458 Special or the 458 Special A, with 597 hp.
The “A” in the new Ferrari 458 Special A’s name doesn’t stand for “awesome,” but it could. The “A” actually is for Aperta, the Italian word for “open.” Based, of course, on the 458 Italia, this version of the 458 Spider gets the same special upgrades as the transcendent Special coupe.
That means 597 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque from the naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V-8—it hasn’t gone turbocharged yet—making it the most powerful spider ever to emerge from Maranello. The power increase comes courtesy of a 14:1 compression ratio, a new manifold and air-box rendered from carbon fiber, higher lift for both the intake and exhaust valves, new pistons, and reworked intake runners and ports. The gearbox is a revised seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with shifts so quick that they could bend both space and time.
The Special A sports an aluminum lid that retracts or raises in just 14 seconds; the price paid for the deploy able roof is 110 additional pounds to cart around. Even so, Ferrari estimates that the car will rocket to 62 mph in three seconds flat, but we’d likely be able to break into the twos in a 0-to-60 run with our equipment aboard.
Other carry-overs ported from the fixed-top Special include Side Slip Angle Control, the lines of code for which were developed in part for the La Ferrari mega-ultra-hyper-car. It aims to measure the car’s slip angle in real time, then adjust the electronic rear differential and stability control based on what it determines to be the optimum slip angle.
The car makes its debut at the 2014 Paris auto show, and just 499 will be built. We’re guessing a big-ol’ chunk of the run has already been spoken for.