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
It's also the latest in what might be Top Gear's favourite Ferrari sub-genre. Back in 2003, the 360 Modena finally found its groove in the Challenge Stradale iteration. Harder, faster and 110kg lighter than the standard car, the CS dialled everything up to 11 without scaring you witless, and killed the idea of Ferrari fragility by feeling race-car robust too. (A decade on, rarity and reputation ensures that the 360 CS commands a whopping £60k-£70k premium over the regular 360.) The 430 Scuderia was even better, pioneering the current E-diff and traction control wizardry and outpointing the Enzo round Fiorano. It could be a bit skittish on cold British tarmac and its Pirellis' pressures needed careful monitoring, but, boy, did we love the Scud. Still do, in fact.