The Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta is the most powerful Spider to come from the company and will have its production limited to just 499 units.
Ferrari has officially unveiled its most powerful drop-top yet the ‘458 Speciale A (Aperta)’ at the ongoing 2014 Paris Motor Show. Essentially, the open-top version of the 458 Speciale, Ferrari has replaced the Spider moniker with the new Aperta suffix (which means ‘Open’ in Italian) or simply A. The folks from Maranello also suggest that the new 458 Speciale A is the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari Spider ever, while setting it apart from the regular Spider version is the very exotic and bright triple-layer yellow livery with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe.
Inside the cabin, the Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta comes in blue carbon-fibre inserts and is done up in newly designed seats covered in Alcantara with contrasting stitching and 3D technical fabric. Completing the package on the Speciale A are the 5-spoke forged alloy wheels in Grigio Corsa. The Aperta has gained an additional 50 kgs taking the kerb weight to 1340 kgs, courtesy of the new roof mechanism and comes equipped with a retractable aluminium hardtop, which according to the company takes only 14 seconds to deploy or retract.
Powering the open-top Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta is the same but tweaked 4.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 605 PS of power and 540 Nm of torque. All that power is sent to the rear wheels via the 7-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission. In terms of performance figures, 0-100 km/hr on the Speciale Aperta comes up in just 3 seconds flat (same as the coupe), while the 200 km/hr mark is touched in 9.5 seconds. Ferrari has made sure to keep its fastest drop-top exclusive and will be limiting the Speciale A’s production to just 499 units.
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