Dubbed simply the 458 Speciale, it echoes the formula used by its predecessor, the Ferrari 430 Scuderia.
More power, more sophisticated electronics, stickier tyres and a revised aero package all help it go faster than the standard 458, while there's a few styling differences to let bystanders know that this is something... speciale.
Headlining the changes is the 458 Speciale's engine, which is similar to the 4.5 litre V8 used in all 458s but tweaked to produce more power.
Output rises from 419kW to 444kW, while torque remains at 540Nm. That makes this the most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 ever built by Ferrari, and it will rocket the 458 Speciale to 100km/h in three seconds flat, and to 200km/h in just 9.1 seconds.
The 458's drag-reducing moveable front 'wings' have been deleted and replaced by an entirely different front fascia. However a new form of active aero is in place at both front and rear, and Ferrari claims the Speciale is the most aerodynamically efficient car it's ever created.
The standard Michelin Pilot Super Sports have been replaced by a bespoke version of Michelin's Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres, and the car's electronics suite gains Side Slip Control (SSC) to help preserve grip during hard cornering.
Between the tyres, SSC and new aero package, Ferrari says the 458 Speciale is one of the most agile cars it's ever created. Lateral acceleration peaks at 1.33 g, the highest of any Ferrari road car.
Beyond the new aero package, the 458 Speciale sports a distinctive stripe package, new wheels and special finned side skirts. Expect to hear more on Ferrari's latest variation on the 458 next month at Frankfurt.
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