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2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/20/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale is now available as a convertible called the 458 Speciale A.

Vehicle Summary

The 458 Speciale is a higher-performance variants of the 458 Italia and is also available in a convertible model called the 458 Speciale A. The car is powered by a tuned version of the 4.5-liter V-8 rated at 597 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque that’s paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and puts the power down through the rear wheels. Fuel economy is the same as in the 458 Italia and 458 Spider, at 13/17 mpg city/highway.

Overview

The Ferrari 458 Speciale builds upon the performance of the 458 Italia and Spider with its more powerful engine, reworked transmission, brakes, and suspension setup. Despite its high-revving nature, the V-8 provides plenty of power across the rev range while the revised brakes and chassis made it a better track car without sacrificing ride comfort on the streets. Its dual-clutch automatic shifts faster while the magnetic suspension improves the car’s ride and handling.

Since the 458 Speciale focuses on performance, the car doesn’t have carpeting, armrests, and storage spaces. Features such as Bluetooth, stereo, navigation, a rearview camera, and parking sensors are available as extras. Despite its lack of amenities, buyers still have access to Ferrari’s extensive array of customization options. 458 Speciale extras include carbon fiber accents and spoilers, two-tone interiors, carbon fiber racing seats, and an Alcantara upholstered dashboard.

What We Think

As the most potent car in the 458 range, the 2015 458 Speciale is an excellent performance car that improves upon the already-impressive 458 Italia and Spider. In a 2014 First Drive review, we said that the 458 Speciale performed better than the 458 Italia on track and had responsive turn-ins and throttle response, and remained “completely controllable” even when the rear kicks out. Additionally, the car “sacrifices nothing on the street, while gaining everything on the race course,” making it a “completely livable daily driver” and a “dynamically rewarding and viscerally pleasing track tool.”

You’ll Like

  • Excellent powertrain
  • Impeccable driving dynamics
  • Surprisingly good ride comfort in the “bumpy road” setting

You Won’t Like

  • Gas guzzler
  • Bluetooth and a rearview camera aren’t standard

Key Competitors

  • Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • Nissan GT-R Nismo
  • Dodge Viper
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Bentley Continental GT3-R

Rating

5 star

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