Ferrari 458 Speciale Review
An innovation so refined, a spirit so pure and a passion so unbeatable. Its not about a victory but about a series of victories, its about the living legend, Ferrari. The divine Italian automaker Ferrari reveals the real spirit of sportiness with the new Ferrari successor titled as Ferrari 458 Speciale. This sports coupe is a modified face of the original Ferrari 458, and marks its birth in the year 2013. The car is impeccably redesigned to incorporate more aerodynamic a touch than its predecessor and gain in the dynamism with a revised engine performance.
Engine, mileage and variants
Dedication and passion meets engineering to craft the power plant of next generation named as the mid-rear located 4497cc V8 engine, which also stands as the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever built at Maranello. The engine reveals its refinement with an exceptional power to weight ratio of 2.13, which is precisely characterised by a maximum power output of 605 hp at 9000 rpm coupled to a maximum torque output of 540 Nm at 6000 rpm. This ferocious power mill mates the ultra-responsive 7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission, which in-coordination with the engine catapults the sports car swiftly with a speed of 100km/hour from naught in mere 3.0 seconds. Which particularly means 'thrill'. With this mighty power and acceleration heights the engine allows the car to cover a stretch of 100 km in 11.8 litres of fuel.
Ferrari employs some of the best exterior designers from all over the globe to craft this enchanting and astonishing sports car. The quintessentially functional and gracious front styling of the car is a product of the impeccably sculpted bonnet with functional air directing vents and edge air intakes, the large lower air vents that emphasize the potential of the sports car, the sharp and dazzling headlights and the imposing Ferrari symbol. The detailed aerodynamics that flows from the side profile of the car over to its muscular rear design correctly indicates the racing car spirit of the athletic beast. The car lets you see the face of its power-pumping soul sitting at the rear. The sleek, wide and sporty look of the Ferrari 458 Speciale is indicated by its precise exterior dimensioning, which reads – 4571mm x 1951mm x 1203mm (L x W x H) and a long wheelbase of 2650mm.
The thrilling sportiness hinted by the exteriors of the car are complemented by its ideal sports car interiors. The exclusively designed interiors of the car that resembles a pure F1 car styling with the features like the solemnly intuitive control panel and infotainment system, the new-iconic bridge, a carbon-fibre wing marking the centre console and the sports foot pedals. The pure sports Sabelt seats with carbon-fibre shells and Alcantra-trimmed shoulder rests defines the athletic innovation you are sitting in. With this the car employs the 3D fabrics, which ensures a superb air circulation and adds to the sitting comfort. However, being dedicated towards sports the car has a tense boot space.
Safety, braking and miscellaneous
The athletic sports car doesn't miss on the safety and handling assist added to it. The car features the distinctive Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) with the F1 transmission control logic that are managed electronically and ensures a minimum side skidding or slipping by instantaneously calculating the side slip angle of the car. The car also employs the Frequency-Shaped SCM-E dampers, that works with utmost responsiveness to sharply obey each direction given to the car by the driver. The efficient braking system employed in the enchanting sports car consists of Carbon Ceramic Disc (CCM3) brakes, that are assisted by the precisely-calibrated Antilock Braking System and Electronic Brake-force Distribution.
Ferrari 458 Speciale with its unmatched performance characteristics, latest technology and absolutely fascinating exterior design truly represents the spirit of a real Ferrari. However, the car is particularly designed for the sports enthusiasts and may not avail the pure luxury car lovers.