Talk about first-world, one-percenter problems: you want to get a new Ferrari, you've even settled on the 458, but you can't decide between the Spider and the Speciale. It's a tough call, we know. But your pain will be over soon, if the latest rumors are to be believed.

Those rumors have it that, at an exclusive preview event for select customers at Pebble Beach this past weekend, Ferrari showed off a new 458 variant that combines the best attributes of the 458 Spider (namely its folding hardtop) with those of the 458 Speciale (those being its 600-horsepower engine and other go-fast bits).

Succeeding the similarly exclusive, best-of-both-worlds, F430-based 16M Scuderia Spider, the new 458 Speciale Spider (or whatever it's ultimately called) is said to be limited to 458 examples worldwide, and is expected to be unveiled to the public at the Paris Motor Show this coming October.

We've reached out for confirmation from Ferrari on the model's closed-doors debut in Monterey and upcoming reveal in Paris, so watch this space for an update when we've got it.


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      Hernan
      • 4 Months Ago

      The Speciale is a race car. Why make it a convertible? For racing, get a Speciale. On the street I'm sure a standard 458 Spider would be more enjoyable and comfortable. It's not like you could ever hope to take advantage of the 'extra' performance on public roads.

        Vassilis Alex
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Hernan

        It's not a race car. It's a road car that can also be a great track-day car. Why make a Spider version? Because customers want it.

      Dean Pappas
      • 4 Months Ago

      My concern about the Speciale and the Special Spider is that it'll lack power to the rumored 670hp 2015 Italia turbo. I know that horsepower isn't the only difference between the standard 458 and the Speciale but most Ferrari owners don't buy the race inspired models to actually "race" them. They buy them to go a little faster for a lot more money and look a little cooler. Im my opinion i'd rather have the 2015 Italia turbo and look a little less cool as opposed to buying the Speciale. Anyway, the 458 has more than enough handling capabilities. 

      LW
      • 4 Months Ago

      If this car has a CF tub, then cutting off the roof would mean less weight on top, but this car definitely has had extensive chassis re-enforcement to make it stiff enough for this application.

        Kris
        • 4 Months Ago
        @LW

        This is not true!

        I didn't want to become the next forum Ninja/troll/fanboy but I can't help myself this time.

        Here are some stats to prove you wrong.

        McLaren 650S Coupe: 1330kg Dry Weight.

        McLaren 650S Spider: 1370kg Dry Weight.

        So the car with the carbon tub chassis has 40kg gain in weight for the convertible.

        Ferrari 458 Italia: 1380kg Dry Weight.

        Ferrari 458 Spider: 1430kg Dry Weight.

        The aluminum monocoque chassis got 50kg more for the convertible which is almost identical to the 40kg for the CF tub.

        It looks like the additional weight is more for the folding roof mechanism and less for the chassis re-enforcement.

        Considering all of the above and the dry weight of the 458 Speciale (1290kg), I am going to make a prediction that the rumored 458 Speciale Spider is going to weight 1340kg, +/-10kg :)

        Vassilis Alex
        • 4 Months Ago
        @LW

        The 458 doesn't have a carbon fibre chassis