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Trevor Collett | Sep, 26 2014 | 3 Comments

Ferrari has unveiled a special edition of its 458 Spider ahead of the Paris Motor Show, designed to celebrate its “most successful, award-winning eight-cylinder model”.

Joining the 458 Speciale coupe, the new model is called the 458 Speciale A - the ‘A’ being short for Aperta, Italian for 'open'.

Only 499 examples will be available to Ferrari collectors, but each buyer will end up with something to boast about.

With 445kW on tap at 9000 RPM and 540Nm at 6000 RPM from its 4.5 litre naturally-aspirated V8, the Speciale A is the most powerful Spider that Ferrari has ever made.

The drop-top will hit 100km/h from rest in just three seconds flat and 200km/h in 9.5 seconds, with the ability to lap Ferrari’s Fiorano test circuit in 1m23.5s.

Ferrari says the lap time can be attributed to the 458’s active aerodynamics front and rear, Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) and rigid chassis incorporating ten aluminium alloys.

The altered look of the Speciale A isn’t just for show either, with Ferrari declaring the bodywork changes add another 'best ever' claim; this time in aerodynamics.

The aluminium retractable hard top can be raised or lowered in 14 seconds and adds 50kg to the weight of the Speciale Coupe for a total dry weight of 1340kg.

Ferrari calls the gold paint finish with a white and black stripe “triple-layer yellow with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe”, while the interior is finished in part in exclusive blue carbon-fibre.

Newly-installed Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne recently declared his plan to increase production and sales for the Prancing Horse, and this latest special edition model could potentially be the start of many.

The 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A will officially debut at the fast-approaching Paris Motor Show -stay tuned to TMR for more Paris news.

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