Where the 458 Italia is a surprisingly civilized and usable everyday car, the 458 Speciale has a sharper, more extreme edge that makes it the car of choice for driving enthusiasts seeking an even more focused, driver-oriented experience. It uses the tried and true recipe for improving performance to turn the already thoroughly exciting 458 Italia into the highest performing and most capable naturally-aspirated V8 Ferrari to ever be made. Changes to aerodynamics, software, powertrain, and a serious diet resulting in 200 pounds of weight loss make the car outrageously fast and even more athletic in corners than the standard car. A shorter final drive ratio further amplifies the performance difference between the Speciale and the standard car beyond the difference imparted by the 35hp power increase and weight reduction.
With 14:1 compression and a 9000 RPM redline, the engine is the centerpiece of the Speciale experience and possesses a fiery, thrilling character not matched by subsequent Ferraris which are twin-turbocharged. As such a result, despite being relatively new still, the 458 is already emerging as a collectible, especially the Speciale which was offered in both closed (Speciale) and open (Speciale Aperta) forms.
This particular Speciale Aperta is well-equipped with stunning giallo triplo strato (triple layer yellow) paintwork with black stripe, black brake calipers, carbon fiber side nolders, inner sill trim, wheel caps, and fuel cap, titanium sport exhaust, heat insulating windscreen, adaptive front lights, front axle lift, cruise control, alcantara dashboard, horse stitched on headrest, and more, for an original MSRP of $387,585. The car has had two owners, and the current owner purchased it when it was two years old with 729 miles on the odometer. Since then, it has been part of his substantial collection and has now covered 2,500 miles. The car is complete with books, tools, window sticker, compressor, battery charger, and car cover.