As with previous test mules, this one simply features some white plastic across the front and rear fascias, the sides as well as the bonnet. The main giveaway that this is indeed a prototype for the heavily revised 458 Italia is that it features a revised rear-end with twin exhaust pipes rather than the three of the current Ferrari 458 Italia.
Additionally, the presence of camouflage across the front end and side suggests that some changes to the bonnet and doors are being tested. It is quite possible that many of the existing creases and edges of the current design will be modified to improve aerodynamics and set apart the new 458 from the current car.
The name of the car remains unclear but it is shaping up to be either the Ferrari M458-T or the Ferrari 458M. Either way, it will reportedly use a variant of the Ferrari California T’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine tuned to produce 670 hp. Such a power figure is 100 hp more than the current 458 Italia and more importantly, about 30 hp up on the McLaren 650S.
From a further visual perspective, some rather dramatic changes are likely to ensure that the new engine gets an adequate amount of air going its way. As a result, we expect to see larger front air intakes, also helping to cool inevitably larger brakes, as well as reshaped bumpers both up front and at the rear. Elsewhere on a design front, new LED headlights are pinned to be used along with aerodynamic improvements to increase downforce.
[Via Road and Track]