We have recently learned of an announcement for a 2018 Ferrari 458 being launched. But as things appear we are in fact in for a Speciale version which is the range-topping version of the base 458. Although people have been hoping for a new variant of the Ferrari 458 it will take more time for a next-generation one to be developed, thus a Speciale seems like a perfect option to satisfy the urge of the public.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale was introduced in 2013 for the first time and was supposed to replace the 430 Scuderia. With this option the vehicle was able to gain advanced aerodynamics, a much more exclusive interior, and a more powerful V-8 engine of course. At that time, the Speciale was the quickest Ferrari model even made.
But the model was discontinued in 2015 and the Ferrari 458 was replaced with a 488 GTB. But in the wake of the 458 returning, they decided to make this version available first and will provide it with a lot of updates. As the pictures have shown us it is essentially a 488 GTB with some custom parts, but it does boast some exclusive elements which you will be able to see mainly on the inside of the car.
This version is in fact going to be dubbed the 2018 Ferrari 458 MM Speciale and although it is not an exact revival of the brand it is still a new option which is based on an already familiar one. We are getting one of the most radical looking vehicles on the market and this review will show it in the wake of the release date of the car.
When is the Release Date for the Next 2018 Ferrari 458 car?
This new model which we can call the 2018 Ferrari 458 will be introduced for the market later this year. Its release date is still not officially stated but it will be offered somewhere in the end of 2017, which will make the car available for purchase already then or a little bit later in the start of 2018.
What is the Potential Price?
There are no clear indications for now on how much the 2018 Ferrari 458 will cost, but there are some estimates which give us a pretty good idea on how much one needs to spend. This will by no means be a cheap car and if you want one of these babies you will have to spend around $300,000 for one of them.
All new Style
Although the 2018 Ferrari 458 is based on the previous Speciale there are some elements which are completely new and have been changed for the newest model. Based on closer inspection one can really see how drastically different these two cars actually are. The front end has a big splitter with narrower intakes that have a carbon fiber trim. Also gracing the front is a new hood with new vents. The headlamps are borrowed from the 488 GTB model and the logo placed in the bumper is larger.
There are also modifications seen in the profile of the car. The side skirts are new and the rear fenders have new air scoops and it helps with the engine cooling of the car. Also added are the black-painted A-pillars which make for a wraparound look of the roof and also lowers the roofline and gives the car a more aerodynamic look. The rear is much more similar to the 488 GTB as it has a similar spoiler and the same tail lamps. The thin meshed grille has been reshaped and it mimics the rear vents. Also added is a black strip that goes all the way through the back part and through the emblem as well.
The model will ride on twin-five-spoke wheels exclusively and also sport a Bianco Italia (pearl white) paint job and also add a livery which pays homage to the Italian flag.
Some Exclusiveness on the Inside
The newest 2018 Ferrari 458 will also add some exclusive features on the inside. We are going to be treated with an enhanced audio system and also a bespoke trim which is going to be crafted at the request of the owner. Upon ordering your car you may customize it and make any sort of request that you deem fit for your car. Also available is the Cioccolato leather upholstery which comes with white stitching and elegant touches, like satin white rings around the center tunnel controls. The inside is the perfect example of what Ferrari offers to its buyers and what great craftsmanship they have to provide for their customers.
What can we Expect Under the Hood?
Under the hood of the 2018 Ferrari 458 is a standard powerful engine which Ferrari has opted for. It is a 4.5-liter V-8 engine which was previously used and also discontinued for the Ferrari 488 GTB. Now it is a perfect choice for the new 458 car. The model is thus expected to make 596 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque from 6,000 rpm and the power will be transferred to the wheels using a a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
0-60 mph and Top Speed
As far as the top speed and acceleration are concerned, the 2018 Ferrari 458 is not going to be a slow vehicle at all. It will manage to speed up to 0-60 mph in around 3 seconds and it will offer a top speed of 202 mph.
Fuel Economy Specifications
The fuel economy of the 2018 Ferrari 458 has not been issued so far. But you cannot expect this car to save on fuel. It will certainly not be able to consume less than you would expect it to make. It is a kind of car which wears its performance on its sleeve so the amount of fuel it will consume is going to be enormous.
Dimensions and Size
The size of the 2018 Ferrari 458 will not change for now. The previous Speciale version gave the basis for the new one so the MM Speicale will simply inherit and transfer the numbers. They decided to go with the same dimensions and it will prove to be a good offer for the car.
Safety Settings and Features
We are probably not going to get the crash test results of the 2018 Ferrari 458 anytime soon, or actually ever, since this is a very high priced car. But they are going to do their utmost best to make the car as safe as it can possibly be. There are no official claims made yet and it will be much easier to determine them once the release is finalized, but we are expecting to see some advanced features which are usual for this kind of a car.
There are many vehicles which come to mind when mentioning the 2018 Ferrari 458 and its rivals. But the list is actually a lot shorter when you take into account all the variations, luxury, comfort, performance and everything. Thus BMW X6 is one of the modes which could prove a decent opposition to this car but we shall see how much is this actually possible. But we also cannot forget the Lamborghini Huracan which can match this car in price as well.
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