What has changed is the folding roof -- which it does in just 14 seconds. Naturally such a feature adds weight, and along with the various strengthening devices needed to keep the Speciale A rigid under cornering load, it tips the scales around 110 lbs. heavier than the hardtop. That said, it remains almost 200 lbs. lighter than the regular 458 Spider, which it beats handily in a drag race to 62 mph, completing the run 0.4 seconds faster in 3.0 seconds.
Only 499 Speciale As will be produced, making it as rare as it is beautiful. Part of its beauty derives from a racing-inspired paintwork with blue-tinted carbon fiber winglets, as well as blue-tinted Alcantara seats. These options are specific to what may be the final 458 of its kind.