The new Ferrari 458 Italia isn’t even out on the street yet, but already the automotive rumormill is churning out speculation over a potential Scuderia version. When outlining the roll-out of upcoming Ferrari models for the near future, Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa dismissed any such speculation as premature, but that’s not going to stop some. Hence the rendering you see above, courtesy of user DJ at Teamspeed.com.
Since this can of worms has already been opened, the first thing we can say is that, while Maranello will in all likelihood produce a lightweight, slightly more powerful version of the new 458, it’s probably several years away. The Italia is already expected to eclipse any previous benchmarks set by previous “volume” Ferrari road cars. And when it does, it almost certainly will not be called Scuderia – based on the 360 Challenge Stradale and the 430 Scuderia, it appears Maranello’s keen on changing up the naming scheme with each new model. One board member suggested 458 Tifoso in tribute to Prancing Horse’s dedicated legions of fans, but whatever name Ferrari decides on, and whenever it makes its way into the limelight, expect the supercar to drop a little weight, gain a little power and wipe the smirk off of any competitor’s mug.