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Ferrari 458 Speciale Drag Races 430 Scuderia, Generation Gap Is Massive

Utra-rich aside, when you pay a small fortune for a supercar such as a Ferrari, you’ll want your go-fast dream to last forever. However, the industry has its ways, and we’re here to show you what happens over a generation of evolution at Ferrari.
Ferrari 458 Speciale Drag Races 430 Scuderia 1 photo
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To illustrate this, we’ve brought along a video that shows a Ferrari 458 Speciale battling it out with a 430 Scuderia. The two engage in a rolling start drag race that takes place on an airfield, having plenty of space to stretch their mechanical legs.

The description above is enough to make for a spoiler, but as we said, the reason we’re here is to show you what happens when the offspring turns against the parent.

In theory, the 458 Speciale, which we drove last year, offers a power-to-weight ratio of 2.5 kg/hp, while the 430 Scuderia burdens each of its horses with 2.9 kilograms.

As for the quarter mile run, the newer Prancing Horse can complete the task in as low as 10.5 seconds, while the Scuderia incarnation of the 430 needs an extra 0.4 seconds for the job.

Interestingly enough, these two track specials are close in terms of top speed. While the Speciale was clocked as high as 327 km/h (203 mph), the Scuderia can climb to 322 km/h (200 mph).

Perhaps the greatest difference between the two comes in terms of gearbox. Sure, both place a pair of paddles at the driver’s disposal, but while the Scuderia features an automated manual, the Speciale comes with double-clutch setup.

The 430 has gone down in history as a revolutionary model for Maranello, not only thanks to introducing the paddle setup mentioned above but also thanks to its all-new 4.3-liter V8.

All we have to do now is wait for the 488 battles to show up. With the twin-turbo Ferrari having already been filmed doing 341 km/h (212 mph) on the Autobahn, the perspective is more than promising.

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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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