The Ferrari 458 Italia is the kind of car that you lust after.
Unlike the F430, which was a bit on the ungainly side, the 458 is a sensual product. But, that may change as Ferrari gets ready to up the ante and juice up the already impressive prancing horse.
According to the latest rumors, we've heard that the 458 will be revamped and benefit from forced induction, in form of a turbocharger. This isn't much of a surprise given the California T's recent turbo bump.
After seeing the gains with the California, the latest estimates peg the 458M getting well over 650 horsepower. That's a BIG step.
In addition to the power gains, expect some new body work to appear. Ferrari is known for incorporating technology and aerodynamics developed in Formula 1 to the street. And, if you look closely in these spy shots, you may notice one or two SLIGHT changes in the R&D car. Can you spot them?
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Ferrari is embracing fuel efficiency with a new turbocharged version of the 458 Italia. Rumoured to be badged the 458M, the cleaner but more powerful replacement for the 458 Italia is expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, before going on sale in early 2015, but these spy shots give us an early indication of what to expect.
Ferrari has already fitted a 552bhp 3.8-litre turbocharged V8 to the new California T and it’s the same engine – albeit in a higher state of tune – that’s the firm favourite to make it into the radically overhauled 458M. Replacing the scintillating naturally-aspirated 4.5-litre V8 with a much smaller unit isn’t necessarily bad news – the headline power figure is expected to be around 100bhp higher than the 458 Italia, taking it up to 662bhp, with significantly more torque, too...