Ferrari has revealed the hardcore Ferrari 458 Speciale convertible. It is called the Ferrari 458 Speciale A and proves all previous speculations about the name false. The ‘A’ in the badge stands for ‘Aperta’. The Italian marque will build just 499 units of the 458 Speciale A which makes quite exclusive and I bet, they already have sufficient orders for the supercar and not many would be left at the time of its official launch during the 2014 Paris motor show in the month of October.
Ferrari is also building a turbocharged 458 which will replace the current line up. But, there’s still some time for that supercar which also means that the new Ferrari 458 Speciale A could be the last of the naturally aspirated V8 supercars of the Maranello brand. Having said that, the Speciale A features the same 4.5-liter atmospheric V8 from the awesome 458 Speciale hard top. This motor puts out 597 hp @ 9000 rpm and 398 lb-ft of peak torque at 6000 rpm.
Aided with lighting-quick dual-clutch transmission, the Speciale A can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. It is also way quicker than the standard 458 Italia around Fiorano- Ferrari’s own private test track. One of the factors that help the supercar achieve these times is its aerodynamics. It is, according the Ferrari, “the most aerodynamic convertible ever”. The roof of the car is made of aluminum and can be tucked away in just 14 seconds.
The Ferrari Speciale A is available with super lightweight forged wheels and carbon ceramic brakes. Special additions include blue carbon fiber sports seats, alcantara interior and a triple-layer racing stripe unique to this car.