Rather than looking at the new Ferrari 458 Speciale in isolation, Evo’s reviewer Jethro Bovingdon decided to compare the car to the standard version, and also the last track-focused Ferrari GT car, the F430 Scuderia. Of course the Speciale is brilliant, but only when you compare it to the old dogs you can clearly see how things have moved on.
This video is an absolute treat for Ferrari fans; three of the best cars they’ve ever made at full chat:
For those who may have forgotten, the Ferrari 458 Speciale features a couple of fundamental differences over the standard 458 Italia. Apart from the obvious aerodynamic changes brought on by the new bumpers, bonnet and spoilers, the Speciale comes with 620 horsepower, and it has an extra setting on its Manettino switch labeled SSC. That stands for Side Slip Control, and its job is to let the driver – regardless of his talent and skills – to hang the tail out with ease, whenever it takes his fancy. It enables you to, for the first time ever, take liberties with a Ferrari and be sure that things won’t get messy if you get it wrong.