Ferrari 458 Speciale around Elba
We take the harder, faster Fezza on a road trip round an idyllic Italian island. Yeah, tough day
Posted: 27 May 2014
Simply put, on roads like these it's impossible to imagine how a car could be better than this. The latest 911 GT3 is close, and similarly wieldy, but the Speciale's 597bhp - and 9,000rpm-plus red line - gives it an even more manic edge. Oh, that engine. In light of the twin-turbocharged California T, it's tempting to see the 458 Speciale's 4.5-litre as a swansong for the naturally aspirated Ferrari V8. The new Cali delivers 550bhp, and the 458 Italia's successor will use forced induction for perhaps 100 more even than that, but the Speciale feels like the car Ferrari really wants to do. It has new pistons, uses an even more exotic engine oil, and there are even new lubrication ducts in the crankshaft. "We are at the limit of what we can do in a normally aspirated engine," Gaetano Cecchinelli, one of Ferrari's engine gurus, told me recently.