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For Frankfurt, a faster Ferrari

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Editor of BBC Autos, Matthew is a former editor at Automobile Magazine and the creator of the digital-only Roadtrip Magazine. His automotive and travel writing has appeared in such magazines as Wired, Popular Science, The Robb Report and Caribbean Travel + Life. He lives in Los Angeles with his wonderful wife and four-year-old daughter.

 

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To those triple-espresso types who believe that Ferrari’s exalted 458 Italia needs more power and less weight, Maranello is poised to respond with this, the track-ready 458 Speciale.

Filling the very big shoes of Ferrari’s 430 Scuderia, itself the successor to the vaunted 360 Challenge, the 458 Speciale amps up the Italia in a host of ways, all designed with one goal: speed.

The 458’s normally aspirated 4.5-litre V8 sees revisions that yield an extra 34 horsepower, for a total of 596. Torque is unchanged at 398 pound-feet. The engine is only part of the story, however. The Speciale is dramatically lighter than the standard 458 – by some 430lbs, in fact. The racier model will sprint to 62mph in three seconds flat. And abetted by adaptive aerodynamics (additions that, says Ferrari, make the 458 Speciale the slipperiest road car in its history), the Speciale lapped the company’s Fiorano test track in 1:23.5 – 1.4 seconds quicker than an Enzo supercar.

Look for the official unveiling of the Ferrari 458 Speciale – including such details as pricing, production and availability – at the Frankfurt motor show on 10 September.