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Paris 2014 Preview: Ferrari presents the 458 Speciale A

Paris 2014 Preview:  Ferrari presents the 458 Speciale A image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Ferrari | posted September 26, 2014 09:11

The most powerful Ferrari convertible ever

Excitement is palpable in Maranello as Ferrari prepares to unveil the most powerful convertible in the stable, powered by the company’s award-winning 8-cyliner engine, the 458 Speciale A (A for Aperta).

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Limited to only 499 units, with loyal Ferrari collectors having the right of first refusal, it takes inspiration from a model that has collected practically every possible award from the international motoring media including success on the track as well as a double WEC title and category wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 458.

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Powered by Ferrari’s most powerful naturally aspirated road-going V8 engine ever built, the 458 Speciale A is without a doubt the fastest convertible on the planet.  Churning out 604.7 PS and 540 Nm of torque yet only yielding 275 g/km of CO2 emissions is one of the reasons why this engine won three international Best Performance Engine.

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In the cockpit is a special plaque indicating the awards reaped by the engine and while you’re in there it is worth noting that is you mash the accelerator from a standstill, you will rocket from 0-100kph in a mere 3 seconds.  It has a Fiorano lap time of 1’23”5.

This is achieved by front and rear active aerodynamics, a rigid chassis composed of 10 aluminum alloys and a Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) guaranteeing unequalled sportiness in any condition.  The signature Ferrari V8 soundtrack tops off this unique driving experience.

The aluminum retractable hard top takes a mere 14 seconds to deploy or retract helping to reduce the weight difference of the Speciale coupé to just 50 kg.

The debut models of the 458 Speciale A will be 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.

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