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SPIED: Ferrari 458 M is going turbo

2015-01-29 07:58

YET TO BE NAMED: Ferrari is testing its 458 successor which is yet to be officially named. Image: Automedia

Our spyguys have snapped images of the successor to the Ferrari 458. What's more, it will be turbocharged.

Ferrari has confirmed that the next two-seat, mid-engined, sports car from Maranello will tack on turbos. The reason, says the automaker, is simple - emissions.


The automaker has already confirmed that CO2 emissions for the 458'S successor need to below that of the 458 Speciale, whose 100kW/litre engine won't survive the turbo transition. The way forward, Ferrari believes, is turbocharging.


Automedia reports the 458 M will adopt a sensible power increase despite losing a bit in the displacement department, as did the California T. So a slight displacement bump from the T (but a loss from the 458), power to compete with a McLaren 650S, and probably a bit of turbo lag to make it all work, can be expected.

It's likely to be called the 458 Modificato, or 458 M, if past naming conventions are anything to go by but since the car packs a 3.9-litre eight-cylinder engine, it  could be called the 398 Italia T.

Since downsizing will certainly continue over the years – the three-digit-figures will be dropped altogether and the car will be named the Italia T.

The new model will be released at the 2015 Geneva auto show in March.

Our photographers noted: The yellow car is complete with new head and tail lights, new bumpers and diffuser. The black car, on the other hand, is missing the new light units front and rear – and is a bit more camouflaged.
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