“ Having been fortunate to own (and still own) a number of
supercars, I think Jethro Bovingdon missed some key points
in his review of the Ferrari 458 Speciale (evo 198).
I was 90 per cent sure I would order one, but after a test
drive that just pointed out its weaknesses on the road, I
passed. This decision was vindicated on a recent Ferrari
Owners’ Club trackday at Brands Hatch, where the Speciales
failed the 105dB static noise test and were not allowed out.
However great it might be on the track (I have only driven it
on the road), it is in my book a massive failure.
For everyday use it is heavily compromised: it is noisy, has
lost half of its storage space in the front and 90 per cent of it
inside the cabin. So you have a car with all the downsides that
a track car has on the road, and you cannot use it on most UK
tracks - brilliant. Compare that with, say, the McLaren 650S:
the most comfortable car you can imagine on the road and
perfectly useable on the track with the P Zero Corsa tyres. ”
— Alexander West - Evo 199