Stock supercars are more expensive and out of reach of many
enthusiasts no wonder the likes of Toyota and Subaru offer
affordable sport cars that look like the supercars in a bid to
quench the cravings. While stock supercars are for the
financially well endowed individuals, a few need more than what
the stock supercars offer. One such person is Erick
Clapton who paid Ferrari for a personally customized model, the
Ferrari SP12EC. Another individual from UK who remains
mysterious has also paid Ferrari for a customized 458 Speciale.
The new model is dubbed the 2016 Ferrari 458 MM Speciale and is
built under the automaker’s Special Projects division.
The automaker even took to the press to release the model which
was specifically meant to appeal to those buyers looking to
stand out from others. Don’t be surprised if this trend catches
up with other automakers soon: Read along to find out what
Ferrari can do to you if you are ready to spend millions:
2016 Ferrari 458 MM Speciale Exterior
“Stunningly beautiful”, that is how I see its exterior profile.
The design is based on the 458 Speciale. At the front, it
features a big splitter, a hood with revised air vents and
narrower intakes which feature a carbon-fiber trim. Its
headlights are adopted from the 488 GTB.
On the flanks, it features new sideskirts and new air scoops
after the doors, which helps channel more air to the engine.
Its A-pillars are painted black. The model has a lower
roofline translating to a more aerodynamic look.
At the rear, the car looks identical to the 488
GTB with identical taillights, a spoiler and a redesigned
mesh grille. To differentiate it from the 488 GTB is a black
strip that runs across the rear fascia through the “prancing
horse” emblem. The model also features a unique trapezoidal
license plate cutout into its bumper as well as triangular
looking vents on each side.
It rides on a set of twin-five spoke alloy wheels. Its
overall body is finished off with a pearl white paint work and
a tricolor of the Italian flag.
2016 Ferrari 458 MM Speciale Interior
We haven’t got a good look at the inside. However, we
understand that the cabin is customized to the buyer’s tastes.
Of the features included, we hear there is Cioccolato leather
upholstery with a white contrast stitching and a state-of-the
art audio system.
There are also white satin rings for better aesthetics on the
center tunnel controls. Most of other features are highly
customized to suit the buyer needs and taste. This goes along
to show what Ferrari is prepared to do for you if you open up
your pockets, that is if your pockets are deep enough in the
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, the new 2016 Ferrari 458 MM Speciale is hooked
up with a similar drive-train as the 458 Speciale. It features
a 4.5 L, V-8 mill. This engine comes good with 596 horses and
398 lb-ft of torque. The power is channeled to the rear wheels
via a 7-speed dual clutch transmission system.
Ferrari didn’t release its performance specs but I expect it to
offer a similar performance as the 458 Speciale. As such, it
will hit 60 mph from standstill in 3 seconds and attain a top
speed of 202 mph.
Ferrari unveiled the MM Speciale at the Fiorano circuit where
the automaker’s chief test driver Dario Benuzzi made some laps
in it. It is also believed that the mystery owner was present.
Ferrari is still mum about the price the mystery owner paid but
you can bet it was a 7 figure sum, enough to buy a number of
very impressive supercars.