Ferrari 458 Speciale A Spider is a very special limited edition series which was revealed at the Paris Motor Show. The letter A in the name of the car stands for "Aperta", which in English means "open". This model is created in order to celebrate the success of the various versions of the 458 and it will be dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors. In addition, this Ferrari 458 is the most powerful spider in Prancing Horse history.

458 Speciale A offers the combination of extreme performance with the sublime pleasure of drop-top driving. Its aluminium retractable hard top need only 14 seconds to deploy or retract, thus reducing the weight difference with the Speciale coupe to just 50 kg.

The vehicle is driven by the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going V8 engine ever built by Ferrari. It punches out a massive 605 hp (445 kW) (135 cv/l specific power output) and 540 Nm (399 lb-ft) of torque at 6000 rpm. Nevertheless, it is still capable of generating 275 g/km of CO2 emissions.

These figures help the new model accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.0 seconds. In fact, the car has a Fiorano lap time of 1'23"5. These superb results are due to its front and rear active aerodynamics, the rigidity of a chassis that incorporates 10 aluminium alloys, and Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) for sporty driving in all conditions. In addition, there is also the seductively exhilarating signature Ferrari soundtrack present.

The exterior forms of this 458 Speciale A are absolutely performance-oriented. In fact, a series of innovative and original bodywork solutions has made it the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever.

The cabin has a distinctive racing-inspired atmosphere and features all around Alcantara and carbon-fibre. The glove compartment on the dash has been replaced with convenient odds and ends pockets on the tunnel and doors. There are also newly-designed seats that have Sabelt carbon-fibre shells. The shoulder-rests are trimmed in Alcantara this enhancing the grip while seated, and the backrests and seat itself are padded with a breathable 3D fabric.

Ferrari 458 Speciale A - Technical Specifications

Engine

Type V8, 90° - Direct Injection - Dry Sump
Bore and stroke 94 x 81 mm (3.7 x 3.2 in)
Overall displacement 4497 cm3 (274.4 cu in)
Compression ratio 14.0:1
Maximum power** 445 kW (605 cv) at 9000 rpm
Specific power output 135 cv/l (1.62 kW/cu in)
Maximum torque 540 Nm (398 lb ft) at 6000 rpm
Maximum revs (limiter) 9000 rpm

Dimensions and weight

Length 4571 mm (180.0 in)
Width 1951 mm (76.8 in)
Height 1204 mm (47.4 in)
Wheelbase 2650 mm (104.3 in)
Front track 1679 mm (66.1 in)
Rear track 1632 mm (64.3 in)
Dry weight* 1340 kg  (2954 lbf)
Kerb weight* 1445 kg (3185 lbf)
Weight distribution 42% front, 58% rear
Weight/power ratio 2.21 kg/cv (4,46 lb/kW)
Fuel tank capacity 86 l (22 US gallon 18 UK gallon)

Tyres and wheels

Front 245/35 ZR20 J9
Rear 305/30 ZR20 J11

Carbon-ceramic braking system

  • Front                    398x223x36 mm (15.7 x 8.8 x 1.4 in)
  • Rear                     360x233x32 mm (14.2 x 9.2 x 1.3 in)

Electronic control systems

ESC Stability control
High performance ABS/EBD High performance anti-lock braking system/electronic brake force distribution
F1-Trac F1 traction control
E-Diff 3 Third generation electronic differential
SSC Side slip angle control
Frs SCM-E Magnetorheological suspension control with frequency analysis system and twin solenoids

Gearbox

  • 7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission

Performance

Maximum speed 320 km/h (199 mph)
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.0 sec
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 9.5 sec
0-400m (0-437 yd) 10.8 sec
0-1000m (0-1093 yd) 19.6 sec
100 - 0 km/h (62 – 0 mph) 31 m (101.7 ft)
200 – 0 km/h (124 – 0 kph) 122 m (400.3 ft)
Fiorano lap time 1'23''5

Fuel consumption and emissions (ECE + EUDC combined cycle)

  • Fuel consumption: 11.8 l/100 km
  • CO2 emissions: 275 gr/km

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Source: Ferrari