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Ferrari 458 Speciale A

Maranello, 25th September 2014 – Ferrari is pleased to announce the Paris Motor Show world debut of the 458 Speciale A (A as in Aperta). The new limited edition special series is a celebration of the dazzling success of the various versions of the 458, a model that has collected an array of international motoring media awards and track victories, not least a double WEC title and category wins in classic endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors, the 458 Speciale A is the most powerful spider in Prancing Horse history, effortlessly marrying extreme performance with the sublime pleasure of drop-top driving. Its aluminium retractable hard top, which takes a mere 14 seconds to deploy or retract, helps reduce the weight difference with the Speciale coupé to just 50 kg.

The 458 Speciale A sports the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going V8 engine ever built by Ferrari. It punches out a massive 605 cv (135 cv/l specific power output) and 540 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm yet only generates 275 g/km of CO2 emissions. The three international Best Performance Engine awards the V8 has won are acknowledged on a special plaque in the cockpit.

The new car sprints from 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds and has a Fiorano lap time of 1’23”5. These superb results are thanks in great part to its front and rear active aerodynamics, the rigidity of a chassis that incorporates 10 aluminium alloys, and Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) which guarantees unparalleled sporty driving in all conditions, underscored by the seductively exhilarating signature Ferrari soundtrack.

As is the case with all Prancing Horse cars, the 458 Speciale A’s sculpted forms are absolutely performance-oriented. In fact, a series of innovative and original bodywork solutions has made the 458 Speciale A the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever.

The 458 Speciale A is being premiered in a unique triple-layer yellow livery with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe as well as five-spoke forged wheels in Grigio Corsa. The cockpit has a distinctive racing-inspired look: lightweight yet exclusive materials have been adopted throughout and, of course, crafted with Ferrari’s signature artisanal sophistication. This is particularly true of the finish of the dash, the moulded door panels and central tunnel in an exclusive blue carbon-fibre (also used for the treadplates) as well as the newly-designed seats in Alcantara© with contrasting stitching and 3D technical fabric.

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Specs & Details

type Series Production Car
built at Maranello, Italy
production 499
engine F136-FB 90° V8
position Mid Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminum
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Direct Gasoline Injection
displacement 4497 cc / 274.42 in³
bore 94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke 81 mm / 3.2 in
compression 12.5:1
power 447.4 kw / 600 bhp @ 9000 rpm
specific output 133.42 bhp per litre
torque 540 nm / 398.3 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
redline 9000
body / frame Aluminum Body over Aluminum Chassis
driven wheels RWD w/E-Diff3
wheel type 5-Spoke Forged
front tires 235/35ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport 2
rear tires 295/35ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport 2
front brakes Ventilated & Drilled Carbon-Ceramic Discs w/ABS
f brake size 36 x 398 mm / 1.42 x 15.67 in
rear brakes Ventilated & Drilled Carbon-Ceramic Discs w/ABS
r brake size 32 x 360 mm / 1.26 x 4.2 in
front wheels F 50.8 x 21.6 cm / 20 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 26.7 cm / 20 x 10.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Variable Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones, Coil Springs, Delphi Magnetorheological Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Double Wishbones, Coil Springs, Delphi Magnetorheological Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
dry weight 1340 kg / 2955 lbs
weight distro 42 % / 58 %
wheelbase 2650 mm / 104.3 in
front track 1679 mm / 66.1 in
rear track 1632 mm / 64.3 in
length 4571 mm / 180.0 in
width 1951 mm / 76.8 in
height 1203 mm / 47.4 in
transmission Getrag 7-Speed Sequential
tran clutch Dual-clutch
0 – 100 kph ~3.0 seconds
0 – 200 kph ~9.5 seconds
combined fuel econ eu 11.8 L/100 km or 19.93 mpg-us
emission 275 g/km
fuel capacity 86 litres or 22.70 gal.

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2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale A

2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A ZFF78VHB000207419This 458 Speciale A, finished in Nero Daytona with blue and white Speciale A N.A.R.T. livery over a matching Nero interior, was completed in late 2014 as a 2015 model-year example, and it was delivered shortly thereafter to its first owner in Germany. This incredibly well-optioned car is fitted with such features as 20-inch sport wheels that have been finished in matte Grigio Corsa, blue-painted brake callipers, the AFS headlight system, a carbon fibre front spoiler, the hydraulic nose lifting system, driver and passenger adjustable racing seats with blue Cavallinos stitched in the headrests, the HELE engine start-stop system, and a rear-view parking camera and parking sensors, amongst other options. Since coming off the assembly line less than one year ago, this Speciale A has accumulated less than 50 kilometres on its odometer, due to transit and testing. Auction Source: Villa Erba 2015 by RM Sothebys


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