Ride along onboard with us as John Kim takes a 2015 458 Speciale A for a few spirited laps around Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. This upgraded version of the 458 Italia features the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 in the Ferrari range, with the highest specific output of any naturally aspirated road-going engine ever. The 4.5-liter powerplant produces 596 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Power is put to the wheels via a seven-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission. The car accelerates from 0-62 miles per hour in just 3.0 seconds, and from 0-124 mph in 9.1 seconds. Its maximum speed breaks the 200-mph barrier at over 202 mph. It boasts a lap time at the Fiorano Circuit of 1:23.5.
If you peruse the back issues of Winding Road as frequently as we do, then you’ll probably be familiar with our last supercar issue (hint, it’s Issue 63). During that exceptionally fun month of driving and writing, we tested the then-new Ferrari 458 Italia, the Ariel Atom V-8, the Aston Martin Rapide, and a pair of very cool Porsche 911s.
It’s safe to say that everyone in the Winding Road offices likes the Ferrari 458 Italia quite a lot. When we drove it last year, more than one staffer came back to the office with a slack-jawed look of awe on their face. Now Ferrari has gone and made the 458 even better. By taking a can-opener to the roof, and slotting in a retractable tin-top, the crew from Maranello have created the 458 Spider.