2015 FERRARI 458
Ferrari’s 458 Italia will be the next model to benefit from the company’s new lifecycle strategy, picking up a new look and a powerful new turbo heart.
Last month, the company confirmed that all regular Ferrari models - that’s the California, 458, FF and F12 - will get a four-year initial life cycle, followed by a special Modificato model that will run a further four years.
According to the UK’s Car magazine, that program will see the 458 become the 458 M or 458 T in 2015, some six years since it first hit the global stage.
The report claims that the revised 458 will be driven by an enhanced version of the turbocharged 3.8 litre V8 that drives the ‘new’ California T.
Ferrari has yet to confirm details, but Car says its sources have confirmed a jump to 500kW, making it 56kW more powerful than the naturally-aspirated 4.5 litre V8-powered 458 Speciale revealed last year.
Likewise, the regular 458 Italia lists power at a still impressive 419kW. And while the Speciale claims a 0-100km/h time of 3.0 seconds flat, the Italia is no slouch at 3.4 seconds.
What sort of acceleration can we expect from the 458M? Even in the more entry-level California T, the turbo V8 boasts a 3.6 second sprint.
Importantly, Lamborghini’s new entry model, the Huracan, boasts a 0-100km/h time of just 3.2 seconds - and that’s before the inevitable special models have appeared.
For the 458M to truly impress, and with higher outputs to play with, a run even swifter than the current Speciale could be on the cards.
As for its styling update, expect the supercoupe to get a subtle styling update along the lines of the California T: new headlights, new bumpers and possibly some light changes to the sheetmetal.
Watch for more details to surface in the coming year.
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