Ferrari 458 Speciale first drive review

Ferrari 458 Speciale first drive review

The Ferrari 458 Speciale is one of the great Ferraris, and we don’t say that lightly

The Ferrari 458 Speciale is the fastest, most advanced, but also the most fun to drive mid-engined V8 sports car that Ferrari has ever built. And those are Ferrari’s words, not mine. Which kind of means something when you’ve got the F40 in your portfolio.This car will cost £208,000 when it reaches the UK next February, and when it lands it will, without undue exaggeration, be one of the most exciting road cars there has ever been, at any price.Why? Because the Speciale can do pretty much everything that the regular 458 Italia can do – which, let’s face it, is rather a lot – and then adds a good 20 percent of extra kaboom where it really counts.So it’s faster, louder (inside though not out interestingly), goes round corners with a deal more precision, and subjectively makes the hairs on the back of your neck not simply stand up straight but snap clean off.Beneath its mildly redesigned but still achingly beautiful skin, the Speciale is bubbling with new technology, most if not all of which is there to enhance rather than inhibit the interaction between driver, car and road below. Truly, this is one of the great Ferraris, and there have been quite a few over the years.

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