Maxim was lucky enough to be invited to the unveliing of The 458 Speciale that was held yesterday.
The 458 Speciale features sepcial livery and a revised body design to the regular Ferrari 458 Italia, as well as a more powerful naturally-aspirated mid-mounted V8 engine.Viglietti Motors CEO, Mervyn Eagles says, ”With the entire Ferrari product portfolio now available in South Africa, we are reiterating our commitment to the Ferrari brand on the African continent.”
The new lady in red boasts an array of technological innovations that make it a thoroughly unique model designed for owners looking for an even more focused sports car that offers extreme driving emotions. Whether on the road or track, drivers wil feel immediately at one with the 458 Speciale thanks to the speed with which it responds to every input and the natural control that offers.
The engine is the most powerful naturally-aspirated Ferrari V8 ever, punching out 445 kW at 9000 rpm and 540 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. One of the car’s main characteristics is the new Ferrari-patented mobile aerodynamic solutions at the front and the rear of the car which ensure that different aerodynamic configurations can be adopted while cornering, where maximum downforce is essential, it also has an excellent downforce (CI) value of 0.53. A world first is the Side Slip Angle Control (SSC): a sophisticated new algorithm, which computes lateral acceleration, yaw angle, steering wheel angle and speed, SSC calculates the car’s side slip angle, comparing it with reference data, and then allowing smooth, controllable power oversteer, by optomising both torque management via F1-Trac control and the E-Diff electronic differential.
Weighing in at 1 290 kg, the lady in red has an extrodinary weight-power ratio of 2.9 kg/kW, which translates into record-breaking performance: o to 100 km/h acceleartion in a scorching 3.0 seconds and a Fiorano lap time of just 1:23.5.
But enough with the facts, just lay your eyes on the magnificent beast and all her beauty…..