Being the only guy at Hooniverse that regularly talks about new cars, I always enjoy seeing one of the cars I cover in The News for the first time in the flesh. Not all of the cars I cover are ones that I fall in love with or even like, but I still look forward to seeing any car I talk about online in person to actually see what it’s like when it isn’t 720 pixels wide and described by a press release. For some cars though, it’s different. There are some cars that I wait anxiously for, dream about, and obsess over until I finally get to see it in person, if I ever do.
Typically the cars I look forward to seeing the most are the ones that are the most memorable, ground-breaking, or special in their own way. It could be ferociously quick, dangerously beautiful, or rare – sometimes they may even be all of the above. The car I got to see this past weekend is one that I would describe as “all of the above” because no matter what other car is in its proximity, it still manages to be special in its own way. Or in this case, speciale.
What I found at last weekend’s Caffeine and Octane show in Atlanta, a show which has already contributed greatly to Hooniverse, is the Ferrari 458 Speciale – the most track-focused, hardcore road car Ferrari currently makes that isn’t a LaFerrari. It’s also one of the rarest, as the first batch arrived in the U.S. just last week. And boy, was this one worth the wait.
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