As the last ever mid-engined Ferrari to feature a naturally-aspirated V8 engine, it is inevitable that the Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta will become a collector’s car in the years to come. Despite its value, the following Speciale A owner clearly isn’t afraid of driving it to its limits!
As a reminder, 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 Ferrari 458 Speciale A also 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 bhp and 540 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. All this power means the Speciale A sprints from 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds, the same as the Speciale Coupe, and has a Fiorano lap time of 1 minute 23 seconds, again identical to the Coupe.