Take a good long look at the most powerful convertible Ferrari has ever put into production, The 458 Speciale A in case you were wondering, the A stands for Aperta (means open, but doesnâ€™t it sound so much cooler in Italian?)
The Speciale A is a truly special car indeed with numbers limited to just 499 units before production ends. The roof takes 14 seconds to open or close and adds about 50kg to the Specialeâ€™s feather light frame. Besides that, the mechanicals are identical to the standard (if you could call it that) 458 Speciale. That means you get a 4.5-litre V8 that produces 597PS and 539Nm as it revs to a magical redline of 9,000rpm. Ferrari reports a 3.0 second run from 0-100kmph, which is just a tenth of the second slower than the coupe to 100kmph. The eye opening number however is a 9.5 second run to 200kmph, about the same time it takes Indiaâ€™s hottest hatch, the Polo GT TDI to hit half that speed!
But what we believe makes the Speciale A truly err, special is that it brings the driver even closer to the incredible soundtrack. The 458 belts out a glorious and unique flat crank V8 note that begins as a roar and rises to a shriek at 9,000rpm. It’s a noise thatâ€™s sadly going to be lost in the near future as the 458 Italiaâ€™s replacement is going to be turbocharged – great for power, not so good for noise. This last bastion of naturally aspirated, high revving V8 Ferraris will debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.