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Ferrari: Frankfurt Motor Show 2013

  • Regular 458 too slow? Ferrari has the answer
  • Speciale version offers less weight, more power
  • Accelerates from 0-124mph in 9.1 seconds

On show: Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari 458 Speciale

A motor show wouldn't be a motor show without something tasty on the Ferrari stand and this year it's the 458 Speciale.

Following in the footsteps of models such as the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale and the 430 Scuderia, the Speciale is a lighter, faster and more track-focused version of the 458 supercar.

It uses the same 4.5-litre V8 engine as the regular 458 but with power increased to nearly 600bhp, making it the most powerful non-turbocharged V8 engine Ferrari has ever fitted to a production car. It'll take the Speciale from 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds and, even more impressively, from 0-124mph in 9.1 seconds.

The Speciale is lighter than the standard car by 90kg and features moveable aerodynamic surfaces at the front and rear to both optimise downforce and reduce drag.

Ferrari promises the car offers 'greatly improved driving emotions', a statement we've no reason to doubt.

To see just how much quicker the Speciale is than the 'ordinary' 458, check out the stats on the regular car in the Parkers Facts and Figures section here.

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