Never going out without a flourish, Ferrari is to debut its latest ‘last hurrah’ iteration at Paris 2014. In this case it is the critically acclaimed and enormously successful 458 that is saying its final goodbyes.
Limited to 500 units, the Specialé A is the convertible iteration of the hardcore Specialé introduced last year. It is the spiritual successor to the seminal 430 Scuderia 16M of 2008 but shares the ‘Aperta’ name with the ultra exclusive ‘open top GTO’ 599 SA Aperta of 2012.
Specification wise it should have identical gizzardry to the Specialé coupe with just under 600 bhp on tap, whilst also sporting the impressive rigidity of the 458 Spider.
This for now looks to be the final outing for the legendary naturally aspirated high revving Ferrari flat plain V8. Next year, possibly even before all the Apertas have been delivered, Ferrari is expected to reveal the turbocharged 458M that should sport a more highly strung variation of the unit found in the California T.
For now we can enjoy the nicely aged aesthetics of the final jewel in Ferraris N/A flat plain crown- the Specialé Aperta- in Paris next week. Pricing should sit neatly above the coupe but expect most if not all of the 500 planned cars to be allocated as of the end of the show.
Carwitter Feature Writer – Ethan Jupp