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Ferrari 458 Speciale Car Photography

The 4.5-litre V8 produces 597bhp at 9000rpm, its 133bhp-per-litre made possible by a staggering 14:1 compression ratio. This greater output is pushing 90kg less too, thanks to a carbonfibre underbody, thinner glass for windscreen and side windows, a Lexan engine cover, new and lighter ceramic brakes, forged wheels and an interior of delicious minimalism.

There are also magnetic dampers, stiffer springs and anti-roll bars compared the 458 Italia. The gearshift logic is differnt too, and cuts the time it takes the engine speed to match the gear ratio on downshifts by 44 per cent. Then there’s the active aero, which reduces drag as speeds increase, and high silicon content ceramic discs… no wonder Ferrari says this car isn’t a ‘version’ of the 458 Italia, but a whole new car.


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