If you were wondering what exactly is the Ferrari 458 A, here’s the explanation in a nutshell for you: it’s the most powerful and top performing Ferrari 458 available. The ‘A’ stands for ‘Aperta’, which is Italian for ‘open’ – and it is limited to only 499 examples. It’s the pinnacle of engineering and performance for this model coming from the Italian car maker. Basically this is what you get when a “standard” 458 Italia is just not enough. It also means you are a person desiring to be a bit more different than everybody else.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale comes with new forged wheels, vented bonnet, finned side sills, taller rear spoiler and redesigned bumpers, which include active aerodynamics designed by Ferrari Styling Centre in cooperation with Pininfarina, making the car more aerodynamics kinda friendly overall. For example, front and rear movable flaps balance downforce and cut drag at speed.
The engine was revised, with power increased to 605 PS (445 kW; 597 hp) at 9,000 rpm, 540 N·m (398 lb·ft) of torque at 6,000 rpm. Ferrari 458 Speciale comes with electronic systems that were updates as well, introducing side slip angle control (SSC) to improve car control on the limit. SSC performs instant-to-instant analysis of the car’s side slip, comparing it with the target value and then optimising 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 power to weight ratio (1,290 kg dry, 1,395 kg at the kerb, 90 less than the standard 458) is equal to 2.13 kg/cv. The vehicle sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just three seconds. Ferrari declared a Fiorano test track lap time of 1:23.5, only 0.5 seconds slower than the F12 Berlinetta. Lateral acceleration now reaches 1.33 g. Not a bad way to spend your day, right? Well, for some owners this limited edition series vehicle is just not enough, so they decide to customize it a bit more.
This Ferrari 458 Aperta has been further refined by TAG Motorsports with a set of HRE Wheels. The complete photoshoot of this beauty was done by Grubbs Photography. The wallpaper resolution images are added in the media gallery below.