2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale On A Scale Of One To Ten, We're Going To Need A New Scale
Helping the 458 Speciale get well below its stated 2.9-second acceleration time to 60 miles per hour is the lost baggage of nearly 200 pounds of curb weight versus the 458 Italia, for a quoted total of 3,075 lbs. This lightness is then propelled forward with Ferrari's latest iteration of its F136 engine, called FL. Power in the direct-injected V8 unit is up by 35 horses and the existing 398 pound-feet of torque gets spread more widely due to a 14:1 compression ratio (the 458 Italia is at 12.5:1). All of this makes not only for finer behavior at higher speeds through curves, but also for more urgency coming out onto the straights between those curves.