Ferrari is to show its new 458 Speciale at the Frankfurt motor show next month.
The new Speciale includes numerous developments, particularly in the area of active aerodynamics which, the company says, will become a standard feature of all future Ferraris.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is powered by a 4.5-litre normally aspirated V8 engine developing just under 600bhp at 9,000rpm and 540Nm of torque at 6,000rpm.
This equips the Speciale with a 0-62mph time of 3.0 seconds and a 0-124mph time of 9.1 seconds.
Ferrari say they have recorded a 1 minute 23.5 second lap time at the Fiorani test track – 1.5 seconds faster than a 458 Italia.
While some of this performance clearly emanates from the new powerplant, the revised aerodynamic package also plays a key part.
Movable aerodynamic surfaces are to be found at both the front and rear of the new 458, and have been designed to create an efficient balance between downforce and drag.
A new Side Slip angle Control system (SSC) optimises torque distribution via the F1-Trac traction control and E-Diff electronic differential systems to make the car easier to control at the limit.
New Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres were specially developed for the 458 Speciale, and are said to improve grip in both dry and wet conditions.