The recent outpouring of rage about the Anliker custom SLR gave us the idea we could provoke a few more of you with news of another automotive gilded lily. British tuner Oakley Design has stuck it to Ferrari and Pininfarina by “upgrading” the 458 Italia for seven lucky buyers.
Most would assume this car needs no mods, no redesign, no tweaks, no nothing. Other than returning it to your dealer for the recall to fix its propensity to catch fire, this is a well-nigh perfect sports car. Auto Express just voted it Performance Car of the Year.
But there will always be tweakers, and fools out there with enough bread to support them. Oakley has had some success with Porsches and now gives the 458 a bunch of mods to reduce weight, remap the engine’s ECU, and improve aerodynamics.
Surprise! The car actually looks and performs better. No fires reported yet, and the price of the mods (also available in kit form, a la carte) was not revealed.
Oakley has trimmed some 65 kg from the Italia, in part by replacing the traditional Ferrari five-spoke wheels with HRE forged rims and Pirelli Trofeo tires (a 20-kg unsprung weight loss). A new titanium exhaust system took off another 32 kg.
Better ducting, a new front spoiler, and rear diffuser improve airflow and downforce. The carbon-fiber roof panel is slick. Further suspension mods are being tested.
Results of these changes: a 53-hp, 10-percent gain, to 623 hp; 0-62 mph time is now 3 seconds flat (shaving off 0.4 seconds); top speed is now 208 mph.
If that’s not thrilling enough for you, the folks at Oakley will provide the companion Ducati 1198 “Carbon Edition” shown in the video.
Is super-speed tuning in a car like this simply overkill?