This week, Ferrari revealed an absolutely beautiful 458 Speciale. Nope, Ferrari did not forget that the 488GTB has replaced this car. They happen to know a rich person allegedly from Britain, who can write all sorts of numbers on a check. So this is a one-off and it’s pretty special.
The car uses the same chassis and powertrain as the 458 Speciale, with that magical naturally aspirated 4.5-litre V8 producing 597 bhp, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox; and from there, extensive modifications have been made. The front and rear fascia are radically different from the Speciale, and the taillights and headlights look really similar to the 488 GTB. This one-off is painted in the shade of Bianco Italia (white) and Italian flag stripes run down the center of the car, making it look much more serious. Created by the Ferrari Special Projects team, the car has blacked-out A-pillars that create a visor look for the windshield, which according to me is the best detail of the design and should be incorporated in other cars too. There are updates to the aluminum bodywork, and carbon-fiber composite bumpers. A small spoiler also adores the back. Inside, there is an upgraded audio system and Cioccolato leather with white stitching. The controls are accented with satin white rings which looks very classy. But Ferrari doesn’t flaunt their interior as much as the exteriors.
Called the 458 MM Speciale, the supercar debuted at Fiorano, where Ferrari chief test driver Dario Benuzzi and the unnamed owner lapped the circuit. It’s a great testament to the 458 Italia and the Speciale. And the Styling Center has really done a wonderful bespoke job on this car, thus giving other bespoke supercar departments like McLaren’s MSO (McLaren Special Operations) a run for its money.
We really hope to see this car around the GoodWood Festival of Speed this year. Maybe the owner got it in time for it. Who knows? It’s one man’s car and it’s brilliant.