Junior Ferrari 458 coming, 2015 ‘M458-T’ to offer 500kW – report

Ferrari is reportedly working on a new entry-level model to sit beneath the 458, featuring a new twin-turbo V6 powerplant. Meanwhile, the facelifted version of the 458 is set to get a big power boost thanks to turbo technology.

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According to an Automobile Magazine report, Ferrari has big plans for the next few years, including launching a special 30-unit limited edition of the LaFerrari boasting around 1050hp (773kW), as well as a model update for the FF shooting brake featuring a new twin-turbo V8 with around 522kW.

At the moment the Italian company’s entry-level model is the 458, which, in Australia, has a recommended retail price of $525,417 (excluding on-roads). That is set to change though with the introduction of a sports car to its junior, coming with a cheaper price tag.

It’s understood Ferrari is developing a new model with a more sporty side, friendlier than the 458’s harder-edged supercar credentials. Power will apparently come from a fresh 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 producing around 373kW.

The model will be more of a rival to the base model Porsche 911 or even the Cayman, based on a shorter version of the 458’s platform. Word has it the car will be available with a proper manual transmission.

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Speaking of the 458, it’s getting ready for a model update and could come equipped with a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 producing a massive 499kW. Look out for the ‘M458-T’ early next year.

As you can probably tell, Ferrari is trying to reduce its overall showroom emissions and really is re-introducing the turbo era. Almost all of its models are expected to be turbocharged within the next few years, except for the hybrid LaFerrari.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.