Ferrari has a treat up its sleeves for anyone attending the Paris Motor Show in early October. The revered manufacturer will be showing off its latest creation, known as the 458 Speciale A.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale A gets its name from the Italian word ‘Aperta’, which apparently means ‘open’. This would make sense because the limited edition supercar is a spider – and the most powerful one Ferrari has ever created, at that.
Just how powerful? The naturally-aspirated V8 generates 596bhp and 540Nm of torque, with only 275g/km of CO2 emissions pumped into the atmosphere. That allows a 0 to 62mph sprint of 3 seconds and a top speed well into the instant driving ban territory. 0 to 200km/h (124mph) takes 9.5 seconds.
Ferrari says the 458 Speciale A can lap the Fiorano track in 1:23.5, an impressive feat helped by its aluminium retractable hard-top roof – which takes 14 seconds to open or close – that saves 50kg compared with the Speciale Coupe.
Meanwhile a series of changes to the bodywork helps this prancing horse slice through the air with deadly efficiency. The 458 Speciale A is, in fact, the most aerodynamically accomplished spider Ferrari has ever made.
It would be difficult to miss the exterior changes, most obvious of which is the ‘unique triple-layer’ yellow paintjob with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe. There’s also five-spoke forged Grigio Corsa alloy wheels.
Inside is a touch more of that golden yellow to brighten up the cockpit, which also includes blue carbon-fibre on the door panels, treadplates and central tunnel. Finishing things off are newly-designed seats in Alcantara with contrasting stitching.
Just 499 Ferrari 458 Speciale A cars will be built and we’re guessing most, if not all, are already accounted for. No word on a price but we expect it to cost more than a three-bedroom house in Huddersfield. A standard 458 Speciale goes for around £200,000, after all.
Although the yellow paintjob is likely to divide opinion, it’s nothing compared with kickboxing world champion Riradh al-Azzawi’s gold Ferrari 458 Spider. Sunglasses at the ready, folks.