The 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia is about to get even more hardcore according to a report from Auto Express, which suggests that the Italian supercar will get a new Scuderia model. AE states that the upgraded high-performance version of the 458 could debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Scuderia, which means “stable of horses” in Italian, refers to Ferrari’s racing division. The last time the Scuderia name was applied to a road car was with the F430 Scuderia from 2007, which was a more powerful and lighter version of the F430, the predecessor of the 458 Italia. Other supercar makers like also offer lightweight, upgraded models of their vehicles, such as Porsche’s “RS” line and Lamborghini’s “Superleggera” designation.
The proposed 2015 458 Scuderia would most directly compete with the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. Upgrades should include more aggressive styling, with larger vents for better aerodynamics and air intake, as well as more power from the 4.5-liter V-8 engine, which already produces 562hp in the 458 Italia. The 458 Scuderia would lose a considerable amount of weight with the use of materials like carbon fiber, as the F430 Scuderia was more than 200 lbs lighter than the standard F430.
Although Ferrari has not released any official information, AE expects this model to debut in September due to Ferrari’s recent history of debuting models at the Frankfurt show.
The 2013 Ferrari 458 is available in fixed roof Italia and open-top Spyder models, but the Scuderia designation would likely be applicable only to the fixed-roof model. Expect the possible Scuderia model to command a high price premium over the 458 Italia, which starts at $233,509 without destination.
Keep an eye out for an official word from Ferrari in the coming months.
Source: Auto Express