Ever since the roofless/windshieldless Pininfarina concept that honors Pininfarina founder, Sergio Pininfarina, made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013, there have been rumors that a limited production run may be in the works. A report has surfaced that the impressive Ferrari 458-based supercar will have a limited production run of six examples with an approximate price tag sitting around the $2 million mark. Unlike the concept, the production version of the Sergio will likely come with a windshield and side windows in order to meet European road standards, as well as a 12-mm taller nose to pass pedestrian protection guidelines.
There appear to be a lot of changes underway at Ferrari that seem to show the Prancing Horse taking a new direction from what up to this point has always been naturally aspirated engines. We have already seen evidence of this attitude shift in Ferrari’s newest flagship supercar, the LaFerrari and the release of the California-T. Car Magazine is reporting that an inside source claims that Ferrari is developing a new twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine that is “designed to be long-term, street-legal and affordable in big growth markets such as China.” Don’t let the fact that we are talking about a V6 engine fool you, the inside source states that the power output from the twin-turbo V6 will be close to 600 hp. Release date on this new engine is not expect until the 458 is completely replaced in 2019. Ferrari is currently preparing a twin-turbo variant of the Ferrari 458 to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
It seems as if supercar owners are always trying to one-up each other with the latest over-the-top body wraps. Being that wraps go over the original paint and do not damage the collector value of a supercar, has only encouraged wealthy people to create the most ridiculous paint schemes possible. Pictured above is a brilliant example of a Ferrari 458 Italia spotted in Cannes, dressed out in an eye-catching diamond wrap. Definitely this makes an already hard not to notice car even harder not to notice. For those that feel the Italia by itself just doesn’t demand enough attention, now have other options. The silver base color under the sparkles is a perfect match for the Ferrari red brake calipers and creates a brilliant contrast. All-in-all, this is a wonderful wrap that definitely demands to be noticed.
Last weekend in Pebble Beach, Ferrari unveiled a new Ferrari 458 Speciale drop top to a private audience. This new variant of the Ferrari 458 Italia combines the weight reduction and power benefits of the 600 horsepower Ferrari 458 Speciale with the coolness of a convertible. Currently the Italia is the only 458 sibling to offer a topless option. This vehicle is currently nameless and rumored to only have a production run of 458 examples. Ferrari expects to debut the topless Speciale to the word at the Paris Motor Show in October, hopefully by then it will have a name.
Car Magazine is reporting that Ferrari will unveil a twin-turbocharged variant of the Ferrari 458 Italia during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Named the Ferrari M458-T, this updated version of the Italia will be powered by a reworked version of the California T’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 capable of producing 670 horsepower. This is a 100 horsepower increase over the standard Ferrari 458 Italia. The Ferrari M458-T also has significant design changes in place to accommodate the twin-turbochargers, new intercoolers and improved braking system. The M458-T also has a restyled front and rear bumper with LED lights and improved aerodynamics. A Harman-Kardon infotainment system that Ferrari also uses in the California-T will be found in the M458-T along with a reversing camera.
Most attempts at creating a Ferrari replica fail miserably and have zero chance of fooling anybody. This particular knock-off is the exception to the rule. This Prancing Horse look-alike is wearing several original parts to include Ferrari-branded orange calipers. The seller of this fake Ferrari has not disclosed what car was used in this build, only that the donor car was built in 2000 with 51,000 original miles. The 2.5-liter V6 has been modified to look like the Italia’s 4.5-liter V8. This fine example of fakery is currently listed on UK’s Auto Trader for $64,000. This may seem like a steep price to pay for a Fake Ferrari even if it is a good fake. Then again, it is only a fraction of the cost compared to a real example.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is a serious upgrade over the base model variant Ferrari 458 Italia, the Speciale has more power, styling and attitude. With this limited edition package, Ferrari didn’t just throw in some shinny new extras, they made an amazing supercar. The Ferrari 458 Speciale is faster around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track than the previous fleet flagship vehicle, the Enzo and the Ferrari 599 GTO by at least 1.5 seconds. Considering that the Ferrari 458 Speciale sits around $288,000 it is a much more affordable choice than the Ferrari 599 GTO or the Enzo. There is more than a possibility that the Ferrari 458 Speciale will turn out to be the last naturally aspirated V-8 supercar to be released by Ferrari. If this turns out to be the case than the Ferrari 458 Speciale will carry with it a very unique distinction that will definitely increase its value. Check out this video provided by EVO magazine as they take the Ferrari 458 Speciale out onto the track.
Vancouver based SR Auto recently got their hands on a stunning new Ferrari 458 Spider. The all-white Spider was fitted with Novitec lowering springs and a set of gloss black PUR LX02.V2 alloys staggered with 22 inch wheels in the rear and 21 inch wheels in the front. SR Auto then added in an Armytrix Valvetronic exhaust system that includes triple-blue exhaust tips.
Electro superstar Joel Zimmerman, better known to dance fans as Deadmau5, is selling his highly customized Ferrari 458 Spider on Craigslist. Affectionately named the Purrari, this Spider features a full-body wrap of the eight-bit Nyan Cat, pink brake calipers, prancing cat logos, A Purrari emblem and 6,500 miles on the odometer. The Purrari is currently located in Toronto, Canada, with an asking price of $380,000. Deadmau5 will donate any amount over that to the Toronto Humane Society.
Additional goodies added into the sale include an iPod full of “nyancat songs” and a meeting with Deadmau5 that will act as the official send off of the Purrari, conducted over a cup of coffee, of course. Free shipping is being offered to a buyer that is living anywhere in North America. If for some reason a buyer is interested in removing the Nyan Cat body wrap, Deadmau5 will accommodate this request.
Earlier this year, Ferrari announced that it would expand its current lineup by launching new variants of existing models. This has led to expectations of some various obvious variants such as the Ferrari 458 Scuderia, who would have imagined that Ferrari would produce a spider variant of their first hybrid supercar?
According to Automobile Magazine, Ferrari is planning to produce just 50 examples at double the price of the LaFerrari coupe. If the LaFerrari Spider does make it into production, the supercar would likely consist of a removable roof panel versus the traditional convertible configuration. If produced, the LaFerrari Spider would be the first open-topped Ferrari flagship vehicle since the Ferrari F50, which came exclusively with a removable hardtop.
The LaFerrari Spider is not the only LaFerrari variant expected in 2015 to come out of Maranello. Ferrari is expected to build a track-only version dubbed the LaFerrari XX. Only 30 examples are expected to be made and each is expected to have a power output of 1,050 hp!
Last year, Edo Competition tasked Ferrari’s Tailor Made personalization program to create a one-off Ferrari 458 Italia that honored Formula One racing legend Niki Lauda. For some reason, Edo Competition has decided to sell this very unique vehicle less than 5 miles on the odometer! The custom 458 Italia comes with subtle accents inspired by the Formula One cars that Lauda drove while racing for Ferrari between 1974 and 1977. The white roof features an Italian flag, while the supercar sits on gold alloys along with white accents on the front splitter, side skirts and rear spoiler. On the inside, this special addition displays an Italian flag motif on the center console along with red stitching and carbon fiber trim. All of the special features on this limited edition one-off are purely cosmetic; the Niki Lauda Edition Ferrari 458 Italia packs the same naturally aspirated V8 engine found on the standard model. Edo Competition wants $385,000 for their limited edition Ferrari 458 Italia that pays tribute to Formula One legend Niki Lauda.
Superstar tuning house Novetic Rosso recently unveiled a new performance package for the Ferrari 458 Speciale. This package includes a lightweight body kit consisting of a new spoiler and front bumper blade, carbon fiber moldings along the side windows and a carbon fiber diffuser fitted with an electronically adjustable midsection. Additional features for the limited-edition track inspired supercar include a redesigned high-performance exhaust system made up of two exhaust manifolds, a rear muffler and sports catalysts, along with two 100-mm black-coated tailpipes. These advantages bring the total horsepower produced by this naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 to 636 hp with 422 lb-ft of torque and a new top speed of 205 mph. No word yet on what this upgrade kit for the Ferrari 458 Speciale will cost or how long these upgrades will take.
The German tuning house DMC has released a stunning upgrade package for the Ferrari 458 Italia that brings owners in line with the latest Ferrari design language. The Monte Carlo package includes a new front bumper, carbon-fiber front lip and new bumper diffusers. DMC has also added a set of PUR 21-inch wheels in the front on 22-inch wheels in the rear. Both sets of wheels are made from a lightweight forged alloy. Front wheels have been encased inside 255/30 Pirelli Sport Tires while the rear set is fitted with 335/25s. DMC has created all parts for this kit to be fully modular so that they can be replaced at any time with OEMs.
For those out there that own a Ferrari 458 Italia and want the look of a Ferrari 458 Speciale without having to go out and spend several hundred thousands more on a Speciale can achieve the look of the upgraded supercar at a fraction of the price. German tuning house DMC has released the Monte Carlo Carbon Edition. This upgrade kit features carbon fiber body parts such as the front bumper winglets, side skirt blades and fender vents. The visual impact is exaggerated by blacked out headlights and racing stripes down the middle of the car.
The installation kit is non-intrusive since DMC’s aftermarket components are designed to fit onto factory mounting points. For a little extra cash, DMC will swap out the wheels on the 458 for the 21-inch front and 22-inch rear stance that is found on the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
One downside to this setup is that all the upgrades are cosmetic with nothing being done to boost the horsepower of the donor car. So while the real deal 458 Speciale puts down 605hp, the DMC Monte Carlo Carbon continues to deliver a still respectable 570hp.
Floyd Mayweather is known for his extravagant lifestyle, especially when it comes to cars. The unbeaten five-division world champion has car collections in cities covering Las Vegas to Miami. Now one of “Money” Mayweather’s favorite cars, his white Ferrari F430 Scuderia is now up for sale with Eurocar for $209,888. This is one of only 30 White Scuderias in the world and comes equipped with a complete carbon-fiber package, Novitec front lip and Novitec three-piece alloy wheels. The 2009 F430 carries a 4.3-lilter naturally aspirated V8 capable of producing 503 horsepower with a top speed of 196 mph.
Who doesn’t just love a good flame battle? In this matchup we have a black Ferrari 458 and a yellow Lamborghini Aventador that is displaying Qatari license plates, they appear to be on a abandoned highway. These two supercars go at it with such ferocity that their exhaust pipes begin to glow in the dark. Enjoy.
Ever driven blindfolded at speeds over 180 mph? Extreme Motorsports is looking for anyone over the age of 21 with a valid driver’s license who believes they have what it takes to drive a supercar blindfolded. Last September, Mike Newman broke the world record for the fastest car driven blindfolded, reaching a top speed of 186.12 mph driving a Porsche 911 GT2. Extreme Motorsports is out to break that record, this time using a Ferrari 458 Challenge Race Car.
Those crazy enough to try will be trained by head coach Pery McCarthy who will be teaching a special military method for driving at night. This special event will take place at an airfield in York, England. Registration is open to anyone through the Extreme Motorsports Website.
The Ferrari Tribute Tour recently took place on the streets of Italy bringing out over a thousand examples of the prancing horse. This collection represented the newest members of the Ferrari family such as the LaFerrari along with a wonderful display of vintage supercars. The Ferrari experts over at Shmee were on hand to capture all the excitement, their video starts with a LaFerrari chase and ends at the top of a hill surrounded by Ferrari madness.
A recent video posted by WorldSupercars shows a Ferrari 458 Speciale running loose on the streets of Monaco with a custom exhaust outfitted by Capristo. The Capristo exhaust gives this supercar and extra special exhaust note, especially through Monaco’s famous tunnel that is a key part of the track during the running of the Grand Prix of Monaco.
Saudi Arabian based tuning company ByDesign Motorsports is gaining a reputation for making subtle modifications designed to better improve the quality of supercars that are already close to perfection. Keeping in tradition with this philosophy, ByDesign Motorsport’s latest project, a stunning white Ferrari 458 Italia has undergone subtle changes versus the more extreme bodykits favored by other custom shops.
The 458 Italia has been dressed in white paint with a contrasting black roof and then fitted with a set of eye-catching high-gloss twin five-spoke wheels that perfectly accent the bright red brake calipers. The Italia also features black side skirts and a custom exhaust system featuring blue tips. The final touch placed on this Ferrari 458 Italia from ByDesign Motorsports was a stripe stretching the length of the car that features the colors of the Italian flag.