The convertible 458 Speciale was first shown to customers at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last month and in that time, it is believed that the model has been shown to selected clients at the company’s Maranello headquarters.
On a name front, some suggest that the car could be dubbed the Ferrari 458 LS. While it remains to be seen if this is true, we know that the car won’t be called the 458 Speciale Spider just like the drop-top variant of the 430 Scuderia wasn’t called the Scuderia Spider and instead became the 16M Scuderia Spider.
According to reports, production of the car will be limited to just 458 units. To ensure the Speciale Spider stands out, a host of exclusive features will be available. For example, it will be available with differently designed racing stripes to the coupe and also be available with two different wheel designs. Additionally, new seats are set to be featured alongside a special individualised plaque for each of the 458 units to be produced.
Finally, the 458 Speciale Spider won’t have a see-through engine cover like the coupe and instead feature an engine cover and decklid more in keeping with the design of the existing 458 Spider.
Beneath this cover, the Spider will utilise the same uprated 4.5-litre V8 engine as the Speciale coupe. As a result, we expect it to deliver an identical 597 hp at a screaming 9000 rpm and 398 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm. As a result of this, the Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider should hit 100 km/h in around the same time as the coupe. That means a sprint of just over 3 seconds before hitting 200 km/h in 9.1 seconds.
A selection of prototypes have been spied testing in recent weeks with them featuring the same aerodynamic upgrades as the coupe.
[Via 4 Wheels News]