allcarschannel Ferrari is showcasing the 458 Speciale Aperta at the upcoming Paris Motor Show from 2 October. The new limited edition special series is a celebration of the dazzling success of the various versions of the 458, a variant that has collected an array of awards and track victories, not least a double WEC title and category wins in classic endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors, the 458 Speciale A is the most powerful spider in Prancing Horse history, effortlessly marrying extreme performance with the sublime pleasure of drop-top driving. Its aluminium retractable hard top, which takes a mere 14 seconds to deploy or retract, helps reduce the weight difference with the Speciale coupé to just 50 kg.

The 458 Speciale A sports the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going V8 engine ever built by Ferrari. It punches out a massive 605 cv (135 cv/l specific power output) and 540 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm yet only generates 275 g/km of CO2 emissions. The three international Best Performance Engine awards the V8 has won are acknowledged on a special plaque in the cockpit.

Ferrari 458 Speciale, the fastest Prancing Horse spider, does a century sprint in just 3 seconds

The new car sprints from 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds and has a Fiorano lap time of 1:23.5. These superb results are thanks in great part to its front and rear active aerodynamics, the rigidity of a chassis that incorporates 10 aluminium alloys, and Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) which guarantees unparalleled sporty driving in all conditions, underscored by the seductively exhilarating signature Ferrari soundtrack.

The 458 Speciale A is being premiered in a unique triple-layer yellow livery with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe as well as five-spoke forged wheels in Grigio Corsa. The cockpit has a distinctive racing-inspired look: lightweight yet exclusive materials have been adopted throughout and, of course, crafted with Ferrari’s signature artisanal sophistication. This is particularly true of the finish of the dash, the moulded door panels and central tunnel in an exclusive blue carbon-fibre (also used for the treadplates) as well as the newly-designed seats in Alcantara© with contrasting stitching and 3D technical fabric.

2015 Ferrari Speciale A (Aperta) specifications

Engine: V8 90°
Displacement: 4497 cc
Max. power output: 605 cv at 9000 rpm
Maximum torque: 540 Nm at 6000 rpm

Weight: 1340 kg, Weight-power ratio 2.21 kg/cv

Sprint 0 – 100 km/h: 3.0 seconds

Emissions (combined): 275 g/km

Edited: Ferrari