Ferrari 458 Scuderia to be unveiled

Ferrari 458 Scuderia to be unveiled
14 Jul, 2013 8:22pm Jonathan Burn

Rumours of Ferrari 458 Scuderia emerge, with possible debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show

The last time we saw the Scuderia badge pinned to a Ferrari was back in 2007 on the F430. However, reports suggest Ferrari is developing a pumped-up version of the Ferrari 458 Italia.

Set to rival the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, the 458 Scuderia is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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The 458 Scuderia will become a new performance benchmark for its V8-powered model. We can expect a more aggressive and aerodynamically focused design, including larger air intakes in the front bumper and wider air vents at the rear. These will feed extra air to the 458's upgraded engine. The standard Ferrari 458 develops 562bhp but that figure is likely to increase to over 600bhp thanks to recalibrated ECUs and an uprated exhaust.

Ferraris that bear the Scuderia badge also undergo a dramatic weight loss programme. The previous F430 Scuderia was 100kg lighter than the standard car thanks to a mostly aluminium body, so we can expect a weight loss figure similar to that.

Ferrari is yet to make any official comment on the 458 Scuderia - including whether the Scuderia nameplate will be the name used for production. However, the firm has often favoured the Frankfurt Motor Show when it comes to unveiling new models. In 2007 the cloth was pulled back on the F430 Scuderia and in 2009 the 458 Italia was unveiled. At the most recent Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, Ferrari debuted the 458 Spider.