The first example of the 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A to roll off the production line has managed to fetch an impressive $900,000 at auction. The auction was held during the company’s 60th anniversary celebrations in Beverly Hills and sold by David Gooding.
Benefits from the sale of the 458 Speciale A are benefitting the ‘Daybreak’ charity. This organisation is the American branch of the Italian charity which researches cures for a selection of rare genetic diseases.
Ferrari 458 Speciale A at the Paris Motor Show 2014
In case you didn’t know, the Speciale A is the successor the hardcore 16M, the fabric roofed brother of the epic Scuderia. Of course, the Speciale A adopts the folding aluminium hardtop that features on the 458 Spider. Unlike the Speciale the A, which stands for Aperta, will be limited to just 499 Ferrari collectors and is the most powerful Spider in Prancing Horse history. Its aluminium retractable hard top, which takes only 14 seconds to deploy or retract, helps reduce the weight difference with the Speciale coupé to just 50 kg.
The 458 Speciale A features the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going V8 engine ever built by the Italian marque. The engine, which might be the last naturally-aspirated engine that Ferrari ever builds, produces a colossal 597 hp and 540 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm.