All thanks to a twin-turbocharged V8.
It sounds hard to believe, but the Ferrari 458 Italia is now five years old. Yet it remains a huge seller and the benchmark for its supercar class. Before a full-on replacement arrives, the 458 will be the recipient of a refresh in order to make sure it remains competitive against the likes of the new Lamborghini Huracan. But will it go turbocharged like the new California T? It’s very possible. We received spy shots of a Ferrari test mule spotted in April wearing 458 skin.
What exactly is powering it remains unknown. A Ferrari official recently spoke with Australian publication Car Advice and, although being purposely vague on details, didn’t appear to be against turbocharging. "If the drivability is improved…and it still has the aural sensation of what a Ferrari should sound like, I think they’re all for (turbocharging)." The Aussies also claim the facelifted model is internally referred to as the 458M. Instead of a 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 with 562 horsepower, a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 with nearly 670 ponies is possible. Just to compare, the 458 Speciale produces 597 hp. That company executive also said the 458M has the potential to become "the best Ferrari." We’ll just have to wait and see.