Ferrari 458 Speciale pitched against 488 GTB on track

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When Ferrari replaced the 458 Italia, it lost the naturally-aspirated V8 in favour of a twin-turbocharged unit for the 488.

The positives are obvious – power was increased massively for the new car, which has an output of 660bhp. On the downside, the glorious sound of the old engine has been lost.

But what's it like against the most focused version of its predecessor? Evo magazine pitted the standard 488 GTB against the 458 Speciale on track at Anglesey Circuit.`

The Speciale's 4.5-litre V8 makes 597bhp and weighs 90kg less than the standard 458. It's not totally undriveable on the road, but it's massively compromised in favour of track performance.

Can this extra focus help it overcome the power deficit? You'll have to watch the video to find out!