June 01, 2016 By C! Magazine Staff

Ferrari Styling Center designs one-off 458 MM Speciale

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Having been succeeded by the almost identical 488 GTB, the 458 Italia is no longer in production. For a few lucky – and loaded – buyers however, Ferrari can direct them towards the Ferrari Styling Center to allow for bespoke creations. An example of what they’re capable of doing is this particular car that recently broke covers: Enter the 458 MM Speciale.

The bespoke 458 comes at the request of a British individual who wanted their 458 Speciale to bear more aggressive styling, a visor-like glass area, and blacked-out A-pillars reminiscent of the 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO. Aside from these rather particular details, the exterior receives a total makeover in the form of an all-new aluminum body and carbon fiber front and rear bumpers.

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The lighting arrays for both front and rear haven’t been left out either, with both the head and tail lamps being aligned in a slightly different manner to that of a standard 458. The MM Speciale also gets a set of wheels that will only be made for this car alone. Perhaps one of the striking differences of the MM to a normal 458 would be the addition of large side scoops, making its side profile even more prominent. All the body work is then finished in Bianco Italia and then adorned with racing stripes resembling the Tricolore flag of Italy.

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Unfortunately images of the cabin were not provided, but Ferrari did say it benefits from new equipment. It receives an enhanced audio system along with new interior trim. The Cioccolato leather seats and center console controls now have white contrast stitching for a refined look.
Under the backglass, the 458 MM Speciale is driven by its signature 4.5-liter naturally-aspirated V8. Given that the car is based off the standard 458 Speciale, it delivers 596 HP and 398 lb/ft of torque to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.

The 458 MM Speciale made its official debut at the company’s Fiorano test track and was duly shaken down by Ferrari’s chief test driver Dario Benuzzi.

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