The Ferrari 458 Speciale is the final incarnation of Ferrari’s legendary naturally aspirated V8 engine. Following in the footsteps of the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale and the 430 Scuderia, the Speciale takes the already brilliant 458 into new, unchartered territory that is reserved exclusively for the most discerning Ferrari customer.
The 4.5-litre V8 has been tweaked to produce 445kW at 9000rpm — a figure that is made possible by its remarkable 14:1 compression ratio. The 458 Speciale also benefits from a 90kg weight reduction, sophisticated sideslip control system, locking rear differential and an all-new traction control system that makes the 458 Speciale’s performance more accessible for amateur drivers.
In a world of downsizing and turbocharging, the 458 Speciale was Ferrari’s effort to create an uncompromising road car that demonstrated that there could never truly be a replacement for the symphony of a naturally aspirated V8. While the 458’s replacement — the Ferrari 488GTB — has demonstrated that forced induction can’t be matched in an effort to increase power while reducing emissions, it’s twin-turbocharged V8 soundtrack falls short of the orchestral 458.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is extraordinary for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is the best version of the 458 — arguably the greatest mass-production Ferrari ever made. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly when considering the future value of this car, the Speciale is the last naturally aspirated V8 road car to ever roll out of Maranello.
This example of the 458 Speciale is finished in factory Matte Black with distinctive yellow racing stripes covering the car. With just 9,247km, it is likely that the $850,000 asking price will continue to appreciate as the legend of Ferrari’s naturally aspirated V8 grows.