You all know the Ferrari 458 Italia coupe as well as the subsequent 458 Spider convertible. Well, the Italian carmaker has created a third variant: the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
How special is this car?
For one, it boasts a more powerful version of the 4.5-liter V8 engine found under the hood of its twin siblings. While its brothers have 562hp, the Speciale has been blessed with 613hp (while retaining its brethren's maximum torque of 540Nm). This enables the Speciale to sprint from zero to 100kph in three seconds flat (the Spider does it in 3.4 seconds, while the Italia makes it in "less than 3.4 seconds").
According to Ferrari, one of the most innovative features of the 458 Speciale is the Side Slip Angle Control system, which "makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit, thereby greatly improving driving emotions. Thanks to the development of an accurate new algorithm, this system performs instant-to-instant analysis of the car's side slip, comparing it with the target value and then optimizing both torque management (via integration with F1-Trac traction control) and torque distribution between the two wheels (via integration with the E-Diff electronic differential)."
The result? The 458 Speciale, Ferrari claims, has "the fastest response time (0.06 second) and the highest lateral acceleration (1.33 g) ever achieved by a car in the Prancing Horse range." As proof, Ferrari says this car has lapped the Fiorano circuit in one minute and 23.5 seconds. (For comparison, both the 458 Italia and the Enzo did it in one minute and 25 seconds.)
Pretty impressive numbers, don't you think?