Ferrari 458 Speciale A (Aperta) Revealed
The convertible version of Ferrari’s hardcore 458 Speciale has been revealed, and it’s called the 458 Speciale A. The A is for the Italian word Aperta, roughly translating to “open,” and the production run for this latest Prancing Horse will be just 499 units.
As expected, the 458 Speciale A makes its world debut on October 2 at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. It is expected to be the last variant of the 458 line before an updated version, most likely with a turbocharged V-8 engine, is introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next March.
That would make the 458 Speciale A quite the collectible, as it would mean it’s the last Ferrari road car powered by a naturally aspirated V-8. The car’s engine alone is a masterpiece: its 4.5 liters of displacement is good for 597 horsepower at a screaming 9,000 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque delivered at 6,000 rpm. That equates to roughly 133 horsepower per liter and means the 458 Speciale A’s engine, like the unit in the 458 Speciale coupe, is the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 ever launched in a Ferrari road car.