Ferrari 458 Speciale Tested

Ferrari 458 Speciale drifting 1 photo
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What would you say about a person that decides to take up superior combat training, start meditating and attends anger management classes, all at the same time? Apparently, this is what the Ferrari 458 did in order to become the Speciale.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale, as well as its Spider nonidentical twin thrilled us in many ways during our reviews, but we were bothered by two main aspects. The supercars seemed a little bit underpowered and were a tad too much on the tail-happy side. Well, the 458 Speciale promises to solve all this and more, so we had to take it for a spin.

All the major parts of the car, such as the engine, gearbox or suspension have been sharpened up. They’ve also put the 458 on a diet, including a Lexan rear window and slimmer windows all around.

You can definitely feel the improvements in terms of power-to-weight ratio, but the anorexic greenhouse means you won’t be able to use this as a daily driver. The Sabelt seats may also have something to do with this.

We are indulging in the pleasures of a rather wide left hander right now. The road is very neat, but there’s a bit of dust on it, so this is a perfect occasion to see what those anger management classes have done for the supercar.

By the way, Ferrari calls this Side Slip Angle Control. We are basically talking about new software tricks controlling the 458’s F1-Trac electronic nanny and its E-Diff electronically-controlled limited-slip diff. The goodie only works in the Race or CT Off (traction control off) Manettino modes.

The 458 has always been a superb drifter, but, at times, it liked to spin violently and those times usually didn’t coincide with the moments when you wanted it to do this. Well, they have sorted things out, albeit partially.

We’ll go through the sideways matter in our Ferrari 458 Speciale review and we promise to take things all the way to full opposite lock.
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