When the Ferrari 458 gets its mid-cycle refresh, expect a potent turbocharged engine powering it.
News of the Ferrari 458 gaining a turbo broke in April and now more details on its specifications have been revealed. According to the company’s powertrain director Vittorio Dini, the Ferrari 458 Speciale’s high-revving V8 represents a farewell to Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated V8 engines. As the company looks to reduce its CO2 average in order to meet stricter emissions standards, the Italian automaker will turn to forced induction to maintain the performance its buyers expect.
One only needs to look at the Ferrari California T to get an idea of what to expect with the upcoming 458 Turbo. Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa noted that the California T’s powerplant was kept under 4.0 liters in size for tax reasons in some countries, which means the 458 Turbo’s engine will likely be close to 4.0 liters in capacity. As for performance, expect the 458 Turbo to compete with the McLaren 650S’s power figure – that is, 650 hp.
Don’t expect drastic styling changes when the new 458 is revealed. There will be additional tweaks to enhance cooling for the turbochargers’ intercoolers with overall weight dropping slightly.
GALLERY: Ferrari 458 Speciale
[Source: Top Gear]
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