Ferrari is set to present a convertible version of its hardcore 458 Speciale at the 2014 Paris Auto Show next month, and we now have the first images showing the undisguised car. The images are from an internal Ferrari configurator and were first scooped by 4WheelsNews, which also reports that the latest Ferrari features the F142 internal code will ultimately be called the Ferrari 458 VS Spider.
The car features the body of the regular 458 Spider but with a number of elements exclusive to the 458 Speciale. These include a more aggressive front bumper, new side sills with an aerodynamic fin, and dual exhaust tips. The regular 458 Spider has a three-pipe exhaust design and more streamlined side sills.
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The car will also reportedly feature a new stripe design, new wheel designs, new seats, carbon fiber accents and two plaques underling its limited edition status. Just 458 examples are destined to be built.
As mentioned, we’ll see the convertible 458 Speciale introduced at the 2014 Paris Auto Show on October 2 (a private showing already took place during last month’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance).
Apart from the convertible roof and name change, the convertible 458 Speciale should be almost identical to the 458 Speciale coupe. This means a 4.5-liter V-8 tuned to deliver 597 horsepower, an optimized seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and the innovative Side Slip Angle Control system.
Stay tuned for the full reveal.