2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A

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Ferrari celebrates the track success of the 458 Speciale with this special edition limited to 499 examples. It makes its debut in a yellow livery with white (Bianco Avus) and blue (Blu Nart) stripe down the center. The racing appearance extends to the cockpit, with its steering wheel, dashboard, central tunnel, tread plates, and door panels finished in an exclusive blue carbon fiber. The newly designed seats extend the central stripe theme done in 3D technical fabric and Alcantara.

The chassis make use of no less than 10 aluminum alloys to create an open top supercar weighing in at under 3000 lbs. The retractable hard top, which is of course aluminum as well, brings the total weight of the Spider to just 110 lbs more than the Coupe.

The body is built around the type of naturally aspirated, high revving engines that have contributed so much to Ferrari's fame. The 4.5 liter V8 produces an amazing 597 hp at 9000 rpm, and is in fact the most powerful naturally breathing V8 that Ferrari has ever put in a road car. The three international Best Performance Engine awards that this V8 has garnered are acknowledged on a plaque in the cockpit.

Combined with the low weight, this Spider achieves a very impressive power to weight ratio of 4.9 lbs per hp.

---- Specifications ----
Price -- Production 499
Engine 4.5 liter V8 Weight 2954 lbs
Aspiration natural Torque 398 lb-ft
HP 597 hp @ 9000 rpm HP/Weight 4.9 lbs per hp
HP/Liter 132.7 hp per liter 1/4 mile --
0-62 mph 3 seconds Top Speed --

(from Ferrari Press Release) Ferrari 458 Speciale A: a new record-breaking spider

499 cars to celebrate our most successful, award-winning 8-cylinder model

Maranello, 25th September 2014 – Ferrari is pleased to announce the Paris Motor Show world debut of the 458 Speciale A (A as in Aperta). The new limited edition special series is a celebration of the dazzling success of the various versions of the 458, a model that has collected an array of international motoring media awards and track victories, not least a double WEC title and category wins in classic endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors, the 458 Speciale A is the most powerful spider in Prancing Horse history, effortlessly marrying extreme performance with the sublime pleasure of drop-top driving. Its aluminium retractable hard top, which takes a mere 14 seconds to deploy or retract, helps reduce the weight difference with the Speciale coupé to just 50 kg.

The 458 Speciale A sports the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going V8 engine ever built by Ferrari. It punches out a massive 605 cv (135 cv/l specific power output) and 540 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm yet only generates 275 g/km of CO2 emissions. The three international Best Performance Engine awards the V8 has won are acknowledged on a special plaque in the cockpit.

The new car sprints from 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds and has a Fiorano lap time of 1’23”5. These superb results are thanks in great part to its front and rear active aerodynamics, the rigidity of a chassis that incorporates 10 aluminium alloys, and Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) which guarantees unparalleled sporty driving in all conditions, underscored by the seductively exhilarating signature Ferrari soundtrack.

As is the case with all Prancing Horse cars, the 458 Speciale A’s sculpted forms are absolutely performance-oriented. In fact, a series of innovative and original bodywork solutions has made the 458 Speciale A the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever.

The 458 Speciale A is being premiered in a unique triple-layer yellow livery with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe as well as five-spoke forged wheels in Grigio Corsa. The cockpit has a distinctive racing-inspired look: lightweight yet exclusive materials have been adopted throughout and, of course, crafted with Ferrari’s signature artisanal sophistication. This is particularly true of the finish of the dash, the moulded door panels and central tunnel in an exclusive blue carbon-fibre (also used for the treadplates) as well as the newly-designed seats in Alcantara© with contrasting stitching and 3D technical fabric.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION SUMMARY

Engine
Type V8 – 90°
Total displacement 4497 cc
Max. power output 605 cv at 9000 rpm
Maximum torque 540 Nm at 6000 rpm

Weight
Dry weight 1340 kg
Weight-power ratio 2.21 kg/cv

Performance
0 – 100 km/h 3.0”
0 – 200 km/h 9.5”
Fiorano lap time 1’23”5
Emissions (ECE + EUDC combined cycle)
CO2 emissions** 275 gr/km

**with HELE system