The Ferrari 458 Italia is already a brilliant car
, but for its mid-cycle update engineers will be turning things up a notch. Key among the updates will be a new turbocharged engine
. Ferrari has confirmed it will stick with V-8 and V-12 engines
for the foreseeable future, but with turbocharging for the V-8s and hybrid technology for the V-12s to ensure its cars meet more stringent fuel economy and emissions regulations.
Ferrari’s California has already gone the turbo route in its transformation into the California T
, and the next Prancing Horse to receive the turbo treatment will be the updated 458, which CAR
reports will be called the M458-T and make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next March.
The engine destined for the M458-T is expected to be an uprated version of the California T’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8. Peak output should lie close to 670 horsepower, enough to give the car the advantage over McLaren’s 641-horsepower 650S
in the power stakes. Importantly, the M458-T will be packing 100 horses more than the 458, which should ensure a significant leap in performance.
In terms of styling, bigger intakes will be required for additional cooling of the turbocharged engine. Revised headlights are said to be planned, as well as some aero mods to help increase downforce. For the cabin, look for the new Apple CarPlay system
to be fitted along with a backup camera and the California T’s Harman-Kardon infotainment system.
Prototypes for the M458-T have already been spotted in public, which means we should have our first spy shots soon. A Spider version is also due, which we’re likely to see next year as well.