Ferrari 458 Spider Speciale to Debut at Pebble Beach

This year's edition of the Pebble Beach was already looking like a hot event, what with the Range Rover Sport SVR and Aston V12 Vantage S Roadster poised to make their debuts. However, we've just caught word of another car making it's way from Italy just so it can wow the Monterey crowd.
Ferrari 458 Monte Carlo by DMC 1 photo
That's right, the Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider, or whatever they decided to call it, will make its debut soon, at least according to the guys at 4WheelsNews. Various sources talked about its existence and we even managed to confirm with our own insiders that it's coming in limited numbers.

How limited? Well, the old 430 Scuderia Spider 16M that Ferrari built to based on the same idea (convertible track car) came in 499 units and we expect the same here. We've learned that both left and right-hand drive versions will be available, so there's no chance of the Brits and Australians feeling left out.

Power will continue to come from a 4.5-liter V8, making 605 hp instead of the usual 570 hp offered by the normal 458 Spider. This could very well be the last time that Ferrari engineers het to develop a naturally aspirated V8 supercar for the track, so chances are it's going to feel very special.

Looks will not be ignored, as a combination of body kit, racing stripes and lower suspension means the 458 will become an angrier version of itself. All will be accompanied by a visceral sports exhaust system with twin pipes and the sensation of speed created by the not having a roof.

We usually disapprove of ludicrously expensive cars in limited numbers that only the wealth can afford, but the 458 Speciale Spider is the type of machine that gives a company its soul. Were it not for the US debut of the exotic-looking Jaguar F-Type Project 7, Ferrari would completely overshadow everything at Pebble Beach.


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