We are big fans of the Ferrari 458 Speciale. And while there is a replacement in the offing, the very cool 488 GTB, the 458 is still one of Ferrari’s best no matter which flavor is chosen. Like the twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo we brought you a couple weeks ago, I’ve driven the more “pedestrian” version of today’s feature car on a track. And it was fantastically good. So turn up the volume and take a look at this Ferrari 458 Speciale walk-around video (with heavenly engine start-up noises) brought to you once again by our friends at DK Garage. Enjoy!
About the Ferrari 458 Speciale
The first thing that stands out on this cranked-up 458 is its sexy red paint combined with blue and white stripes down the center of the car.
Behind the seats, the 458 Speciale retains the 4.5-liter V-8 powerplant from the base 458 Italia. However, Ferrari tuned the engine to deliver 605 Cv (596 horsepower) at 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm (398 pound-feet) of torque at 6,000 rpm. Though torque remains the same as the base 458, its horsepower jumps by 34 ponies. This translates to an amazing weight-to-power ratio of 2.13 kg (4.69 pounds) per Cv (0.99 horsepower), which is a huge improvement from the stock numbers of 2.42 kg (5.34 pounds) per Cv (0.99 horsepower). A sizable boost in output partners up with active aerodynamics and traction modifications to make this the most capable Ferrari road car to grace a track or street.