Ferrari has introduced the highly-anticipated 458 Speciale at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Designed to appeal to drivers who are looking for a "focused sports car that offers extreme driving emotions," the 458 Speciale follows in the footsteps of the Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia by being lighter and more powerful than the 458 Italia.
Speaking of the latter, the 458 Speciale has an upgraded 4.5-liter V8 engine that produces 605 HP (445 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 35 HP (25 kW). It is connected to an improved dual-clutch transmission that promises to deliver an "even keener sense of urgency during acceleration." This enables the 1290 kg (2844 lb) supercar to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in three seconds and lap the Fiorano circuit in just 1 minute and 23.5 seconds.
On the handling front, the car has been equipped with an exclusive Side Slip Angle Control system that uses a sophisticated algorithm to calculate the car’s side slip angle. The system then compares the angle to reference data to allow for "smooth, controllable power oversteer, by optimizing both torque management via F1-Trac traction control and the E-Diff electronic differential."
Besides the high-tech goodies, the 458 Speciale has the usual refinements including an aerodynamic body kit, a lightweight cockpit, high-performance Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires.