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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The French Rivera is known for its lavish yachts and exotic cars, even with that being said, it’s always nice to see two examples of Ferrari excellence together cruising the streets of Monaco. Both examples are done in Corso Rosso Red with black rims that provide a complimentary accent to these already impressive machines.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is a high-performance variant of the Ferrari 458 Italia. This version of the Italia includes several exterior upgrades that include a new set of performance wheels, a body kit and a larger front grille. The inside revisions are centered on reducing weight, this is achieved by removing several of the non-essential items from the cabin. The touring seats of the 458 Italia are replaced with carbon fiber racing seats covered in Alcantara, other luxury items such as plush upholstery and a radio are missing altogether giving the 458 Speciale a sense of track-only entitlement. Weight reduction on the Speciale makes this variant almost 500 pounds lighter than the Ferrari 458 Italia. The 458 Speciale packs an additional 34 horsepower under the hood making this 4.5-liter V8 capable of producing 596 hp! With all this attention being paid to performance, there is no surprise that the Ferrari 458 Speciale has already sold out for the 2015 model year.
German luxury refiner DMC has unveiled its newest limited edition project, the Ferrari 458 Italia Estremo Edizione 10/10. Only 15 vehicles will be made in this very special limited production run with every third client receiving a special Gold-Edition that features a Custom Owner Plate signed by the car’s designer and an extra body part that is being kept a secret. All 15 editions are based on the Ferrari 458 Italia with improvements being made to the power of the vehicle and a stunning new body that is significantly lighter due to the use of carbon fiber.
The picture included in this post is from the release of the first example that was assembled by DMC’s partner in Japan for a client in Tokyo. The DMC Ferrari 458 Italia Estremo Edizione 10/10 displays a completely new front fascia with modified air channels for better cooling. Additional improvements include a new side-vented front hood and redeveloped side panels that control airflow. The rear of the vehicle displays a massive carbon fiber wing spoiler designed to create downforce. The new air-filter and exhaust system add an additional 22 horsepower to the already powerful engine creating a Ferrari 458 Italia capable of doing 0-100 mph in just 3.1 seconds.
The Ferrari 458 Italia already runs great around the track, putting out over 570 horsepower backed by pure racing DNA. Even with the Italia having all this going for it, the street set up does have a number of limitations. The guys over at the Racing One tuner shop have resolved these issues with their Ferrari 458 Italia Competition.
The 4.5-liter V8 engine has been tweeked a bit to produce 620 horsepower, making the Ferrari 458 Competition more powerful than the new Ferrari 458 Speciale. The upgraded engine is combined with variable traction control and a seven-speed racing gearbox. Additional upgrades include a beefed up suspension from KW, new carbon ceramic disks that are fade-resistent and better areodynamics that stem from a carbon fiber body kit
The design department at the prancing horse is committed to improving a brand that is already the pinnacle of perfection. This time Ferrari has focused their efforts on a special edition (hence the name Speciale) of the 458 Italia.
Improvements were made to the Speciale vs. the “conventional” model (like anything at Ferrari is conventional) by focusing on the three most important factors of a supercar: power, grip, and aerodynamics. Performance was added to this 4.5L V-8, raising the horsepower to 605, while keeping the torque steady at 398. This works out to be 133 horsepower per liter, making the 458 Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated V-8 Ferrari ever made. The Speciale can launch from 0-60 in 3 seconds flat! Best-of-all, Ferrari says that even with improved performance, the 458 Speciale consumes less fuel than the 458 Italia.
Among the technological improvements that have increased the grip of the 458 Speciale, are changes to the algorithm of the Side Slip Angle Control system (SSC). This function’s purpose is to constantly analyze in real time, the vehicle’s lateral slip and compare it to the computer’s “ideal” values. This allows the SSC to split the torque between the rear wheels, enhancing the ability of the Speciale to take turns faster without sacrificing control. This is achieved through integration of the electronic differential and the vehicle’s traction control system.
Ferrari’s “advanced active aerodynamics” featured on the 458 Speciale include a noticeably larger heat extractor, a more chiseled lower grille and a more aggressive diffuser that sits just below the newly split exhaust. The purpose of the active aerodynamics is to improve downforce while reducing drag. Ferrari has stated that these advanced active aerodynamic features will become a standard feature on all future models.
The 458 Speciale is a variant of the 458 Italia that is available to be driven at Exotics Racing on a 1.2 mile road course. Exotics Racing now has two locations, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. For more information on how you can drive a 458 Italia, log onto www.exoticsracing.com or call 702-405-RACE (7223).
Hip hop performing artist Gucci Mane has the unique distinction of being the first person in America to receive shipment a Ferrari 458 Italia back in 2010. Being the first recipient of such a luxury item is a feat that very few have been able to off, including when you consider the selection process that is involved in gaining access to a new Italian supercar. Mane dressed out his 458 Italia in black and yellow Forgiato Opposti wheels to match the color of the car.
The Ferrari 458 Italia officially debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September 2009. This mid-engine V8 packs 562 horsepower at 9,000 rpm with a 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds with a top speed just under 200 mph.
Fast and the Furious star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the physically largest guys in Hollywood. The upside to this is endless roles in action movies, the downside is that being this big makes it hard to fit into a Ferrari. The Rock recently posted this picture and caption to his Facebook page:
“570 horse power of brilliant Italian engineering + 260lbs of Samoan Black Silverback = another fine ride I don’t fit in. #Ferrari458 Why I’m a pick up truck man”
Twenty years ago, a customer from Beijing made history by being the first person from China to place an order for a Ferrari; in this case it was a 348 TS. Twenty years and many sales to China later, Ferrari has released the Ferrari 458 China Edition.
This limited production run of 458s will only be available to the Chinese market with just 20 examples being produced. All twenty examples of the vehicle will come in “Marco Polo Red” featuring a huge black and gold stripe running down the middle with a very large gold dragon in the middle of the stripe. The inspiration for this design apparently came from the “Longma” theme, translated as “the vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse”. To compliment this theme, Ferrari has decked the wheels and aerodynamic winglets in a gold finish, and even embroidered the seat head rests. The start button has been inscribed with the Chinese characters for “start” while the dashboard displays a plaque signifying that the vehicle is the 20th anniversary special edition.
All aspects of this limited edition vehicle appear to be cosmetic with the 20th Anniversary China Edition receiving the standard 570 hp 4.5-liter V8 capable of delivering a 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.
Three time Formula One Grand Prix winner Giancarlo Fisichella will be competing in the inaugural season of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship driving for Risi Competizione in the Ferrari 458 Italia. The veteran F1 driver has competed in 231 grand prix with 3 wins and 19 podiums, making Fisichella the winningest F1 driver to compete in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
The Tudor United SportsCar Championship (USC) is a racing series based in the United States and Canada organized by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The USC is a result of merger between two existing North American sports car racing series, the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series. The 2014 season will begin with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on January 25-26.
British racing magazine EVO recently put the Ferrari 458 speciale up against the Ferrari 458 Italia and the ruff-and-tumble Ferrari F430 Scuderia. All three cars were driven by Jethro Bovingdon, on a racetrack somewhere in the U.K.
When comparing horsepower, the 458 Speciale definitely has the advantage with 605 horsepower compared to the 570 horsepower of the 458 Italia and 503 horsepower of the Scuderia. The difference in horsepower would strongly suggest that the 458 Speciale would have the advantage on the racetrack. However, there is so much more to racing than just horsepower. Check out the video and see which one of these supercars performed best on the track.