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What to do when you want to honor years and years of mutual work in the automotive world? Generally people tend to have parties, tributes, Ferrari, has a better solution, make a hole car, and name it after the partner’s son. The new special edition Ferrari is The Ferrari Sergio, named after the son of Battista Farina, the latest president of Pininfarina, Mr Sergio Pininfarina.

The concept was unveiled in the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013, but it only went into production in the last months of 2014. The actual revealing was with the LaFerrari FXXK at the Finali Mondiali Ferrari race. Ferrari announced producing only 6 road-legal Sergio’s, limited for people who have shown desire to acquire one, and people who can really afford paying 2.5 million € for it. Some claim it can go up to 3 million €.

The first client is the Royal family in UAE, the first model is preserved at the Royal Auto Gallery at the Yas Marina circuit. It is based on a 458 speciale, it has a 4.5L V8, that produces 605 bhp and 540 Nm of torque. The car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds. You can notice more of the 458 soul in the car’s interior. The exterior is a retro futuristic design, it reminds us all of designs seen in the 80’s even 90’s automotive magazines. The production car does differ from the concept, now it has a windshield, because driving a production car with a helmet will seem a bit, strange. It has the same front, air intakes, engine cooling covers and rear exhaust. It has a three-layered red painting with some black features in it, same as the concept. The client will enjoy stitching his name on the seats, because he can. Finally, the Sergio sits on Sergio-specific forged yellow wheels.

“The Ferrari Sergio is a genuinely radical car. It is both exclusive and spare in the sense that every single element aboard is focused entirely on performance”

The other five Sergio’s are still into production right now, clients have to wait more for their delivery, that will be certain in a few months.


Since its first appearance in 2009, the 458 model, which came as a replacement to the F430, had a big success, whether it was in sales, or in motor sports, the model from the prancing horse manufacturer was a trouble maker for the competitors. Note that, the 458 had many success in the 24 hours of Lemans, 24 hours of Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring, and other endurance races. Now there is a new model, the 458 Speciale A. A as in Aperta, which means, open in Italian.

The 458 Speciale A, is to be unveiled in this Paris Auto Show (October 4th to 19th 2014). It will have the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going V8 Ferrari ever built. It is the same 4.5L V8 in the 458, but set to produce a huge 605 bhp (some say it will be jut 597) and 540 Nm of torque @ 6000 Rpm. It has one of the highest power per liter ratios : 135bhp/L. It will be fitted with a 7-speed double-clutch paddle-shift gearbox. Results are, stop to 100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds, stop to 200 in just 9.5, and lapping around the Fiorano in 1:23:5. It will be the last naturally-aspirated V8 to be built by Ferrari. They will be replaced by Turbos V6, and Ferrari said that it is not thinking of eaving the V12’s.

On the outside, it is a spider version of the 458 Speciale. It will use the same folding aluminium hard-top system used by the 16M, the Scuderia Spider, which will give it 50 kg more on the Speciale, to make it weigh 1455 kg. The hard-top folding and unfolding will be achieved in just 14 seconds. It will have active rear and front aerodynamics, and plenty of stability system. The most interesting one is the SSC :Slide Slip Angle Control which changes the settings of the traction control and the rear differential for an enjoyable ride. On the inside, the dashboard, door panels, central tunnel, and many other will be in carbon fibers, because you know, Ferrari is about sport cars.

Only 499 will be made, Ferrari is to announce the price in this Paris Auto Show. All we know is, it will be the most enjoyable, fastest Ferrari Spider ever built