Hennessey HPE700 Ferrari 458 Spider front 3/4 view

Hennessey Ferrari 458 Spider Twin-Turbo is Al Fresco Estremo [w/ Videos]

Hennessey HPE700 Ferrari 458 Spider front 3/4 view

For a company that got its start hopping up Mitsubishi 3000GTs and Dodge Stealths, Hennessey Performance Engineering has certainly done well for itself. The Texas-headquartered tuner has made a series of Jeffersons-esque moves to the automotive aftermarket’s East Side, first with the Dodge Viper, then exotics like the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 Turbo, and finally its own hypercar, the Hennessey Venom GT.

Now HPE is making another big move up the tuner food chain with its first twin-turbo kit for a Ferrari. The HPE700 package for the 458 Italia and 458 Spider adds substantial power to the already potent mid-mounted V8, but you wouldn’t really know it from the outside. At least, not until the driver dropped the hammer…

Hennessey HPE700 Ferrari 458 Spider side view

The changes on the outside are extremely minimal. The black-finished HRE wheels with red Prancing Horse center caps are certainly the most obvious, but there are a few others. However, they don’t really stick out; there are “Hennessey” and “Twin-Turbo” badges on the engine cover, and the exhaust behind the mesh screens above the diffuser looks a little different. But that’s pretty much the extent of it.

As for the changes under the skin, they are considerably more extensive. In addition to the twin-turbo kit, which elevates output of the 4.5L V8 to 700hp, Hennessey can also install a set of Fabspeed lightweight sport exhaust headers ($4,794) and catalytic converters ($4,194) for even more face-flattening performance and spine-tingling sound.

Hennessey HPE700 Ferrari 458 Spider rear 3/4 view

How much performance are we talking about? Hennessey hasn’t released any specific numbers yet, but it has released a couple videos showing the 458 Spider depicted in the photos accompanying this article blasting from 0-150 mph “the wrong way” down the Hennessey-owned dragstrip, Lonestar Motorsports Park. And oh baby, does it cover ground quickly. The Ferrari 288 GTO/F40-reminiscent soundtrack and power retractable hardtop are just nice bonuses.

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