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Ferrari just confirmed that it plans to unveil the open-air version of its 458 Speciale next week at the Paris Motor Show.

Itís called the Ferrari 458 Speciale A and the company plans to build 499 copies before cutting things off. Ferrari says this is its most powerful convertible ever. And about the convertible top: itís an aluminum retractable hard top that can tuck away or deploy in only 14 seconds and adds roughly 100 lbs to the car.

Just like the coupe version first seen last year in Frankfurt, this car uses a massaged version of the naturally aspirated V8 in the normal 458 that makes 605 hp at 9,000 RPM in this state of tune and 398 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 RPM. The companyís SSC traction control system is at work to deliver the same white-knuckle performance as the Speciale offers by using a different algorithm than past traction control systems to better predict the carís trajectory and adjust torque to the wheels as needed. Ostensibly, this car can also pull the same 1.33 g at the companyís Fiorano test track as its closed cabin sibling did.

The Speciale A sprints to 62 MPH in three seconds, meaning the added weight hasnít encumbered acceleration compared to the coupe. Thatís due in large part to the SSC system, but Ferrari also claims this this is its most aerodynamically advanced spider ever. Other highlights that help the car be such a track beast Ė carried over from the coupe Ė include Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 rubber designed specifically for the car designed for longevity at lapping days and superior grip in wet conditions.
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I like it a lot!

Luckily, we are likely to see it often since they are going to make 1500 cars out of the 499.

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Love it.

What does the A stand for? Aperta?

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Love it.

What does the A stand for? Aperta?
Yes. The naming has grown to infantile levels now.


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Yes. The naming has grown to infantile levels now.


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I imagine there will be a lot of stripe deletes.
When I was at the factory sepccing mine, I have not taken the stripes and all that where with me also did stripe delete.
I saw both cars in pictures.

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Well 17M looks like it may have to be kept under wraps for another couple of model cycles based upon the current Scuderia form
Funny but sad at the same time.


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When I was at the factory sepccing mine, I have not taken the stripes and all that where with me also did stripe delete.
I saw both cars in pictures.
It is difficult to have a strong position regarding the stripes after just seeing a couple of pics. My current view FWIW is that the SS (or now SA) is one of those cars that I think will vary greatly depending on its colour.

I like it better in darker colours sans stripes as the bulk of the rear half is reduced.

With light colours I now think it benefits from the rear stripe as this breaks up the visual bulk of the rear engine cover. I wonder what white with Italian stripes would look like?

Never the less, I would even be happy with a polkadot one!!! What a car!

I am looking forward to seeing a real one.

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When I was at the factory sepccing mine, I have not taken the stripes and all that where with me also did stripe delete.
I saw both cars in pictures.
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I thought it a particularly underhanded trick that their launch car was triple yellow with a blue stripe It looked stunning in person.

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I thought it a particularly underhanded trick that their launch car was triple yellow with a blue stripe It looked stunning in person.
I agree it did, the pictures do not do it justice

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I thought it a particularly underhanded trick that their launch car was triple yellow with a blue stripe It looked stunning in person.
The more I look at this new T stripe, the more I like it. Sort of like an unfamiliar new hair or clothing style gradually growing on you. Also saw a Pozzi Blue Ferrari a few days ago - that colour almost makes those scuderia shields pop like no other.

Can't wait to eventually see your photos!

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Paul, I would think that the open top would be particularly enjoyable, considering where you reside.

Understanding how uninhibited you drive, ...now that would be an experience too !

Many congrats.

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Paul, I would think that the open top would be particularly enjoyable, considering where you reside.

Understanding how uninhibited you drive, ...now that would be an experience too !

Many congrats.

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Jimmy your always welcome to visit anytime. Just let me know and I will find room for you.
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Paul, thank you so much for your generous, open invitation. This would most likely be on top of my "must do list" next year.

Visiting Monaco, among other cities in the Continent, has been my interest. However, I am not exactly the kind of guy that would feel comfortable in such a glamorous setting.

It would be a high point for me to be able to get to know you in person.

Saying that, I understand your current situations with your kins and the situations of Ukraine, I would be a little hesitant to be more burden to you.

Much appreciated for your kindness.

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