2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
- Under 50 kilometres from new
- The ultimate iteration of Ferrari’s final naturally aspirated V-8
Like the 16M before it, the Ferrari 458 Speciale A was introduced to the Ferrari line-up in 2014 as a limited-edition convertible sibling to the 458 Speciale Coupé. The “A” stood for Aperta, and the car provided its driver and passenger with a full open-air experience, putting nothing between them and the 458 Speciale A’s glorious exhaust note.
Save for its roof, the Speciale A is nearly identical to the 458 Speciale. Thanks to prolific use of carbon fibre and attention to detail in weight savings, the Speciale A only adds 50 kilograms to its curb weight over the Speciale, which is an incredibly small amount for a convertible. Furthermore, the convertible top takes just 14 seconds to deploy or retract at the push of a button. As a result, performance remains largely the same thanks to the car’s active aerodynamics, and it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in three seconds and has a top speed of 320 km/h.
This 458 Speciale A, finished in Nero Daytona with blue and white Speciale A N.A.R.T. livery over a matching Nero interior, was completed in late 2014 as a 2015 model-year example, and it was delivered shortly thereafter to its first owner in Germany. This incredibly well-optioned car is fitted with such features as 20-inch sport wheels that have been finished in matte Grigio Corsa, blue-painted brake callipers, the AFS headlight system, a carbon fibre front spoiler, the hydraulic nose lifting system, driver and passenger adjustable racing seats with blue Cavallinos stitched in the headrests, the HELE engine start-stop system, and a rear-view parking camera and parking sensors, amongst other options. Since coming off the assembly line less than one year ago, this Speciale A has accumulated less than 50 kilometres on its odometer, due to transit and testing.
With the introduction of the turbocharged 488 GTB at the Geneva Motor Show just a few months ago, the 458 Italia and all its derivatives have been left as the last naturally aspirated V-8-engined cars in Ferrari’s range. Of the 458 models, the Speciale A combines the best elements of the platform—the uprated Speciale engine with the hardtop convertible roof of the spider—into one glorious package. This specific example is virtually as new, and it is ready to be enjoyed.