There are a few things that Ferrari is notorious for, including building awesome cars; having some of the most advanced systems in the world; and having some of the most blatant strong-arm tactics against its customers. The latter of the group has pushed many buyers away from the Prancing Horse and into McLaren and Lamborghini dealerships, but the Italian automaker keeps on humming along because there are so many super-rich car enthusiasts that’ll happily bend over backwards just to get one of the 7,000 Ferraris sold each year. That said, this latest alleged tactic may be one that drives away a good bit of buyers.
According to a report from Motoring Research, Magnitude Finance claims that folks who have already put down £20,000 to secure a new 458 Speciale are being told that they risk losing their spot in line if they do not up the purchase price of their car by adding more options. The rationale behind this alleged money grab is the fact that the 458 Speciale may very well be the last naturally aspirated, V-8-powered Ferrari ever created, so it will be an almost immediate collectors’ item.
Autoblog ran a similar report, but took the time to reach out to Ferrari regarding this claim. A Ferrari spokesperson replied by saying “As with any Ferrari, customization is offered as a service to make each car unique. However, there are no requirements in order to secure an order.” While that doesn’t completely close the door on the issue at hand, given dealerships can likely do as they please with their orders, it does show that this issue is not coming from Ferrari’s corporate offices.
For reference, the base 458 Speciale runs $288,000, but a long list of optional items can drive the price well over the $330k mark.
We’ll keep an eye on this situation and let you know if Ferrari addresses the claims or continues its strong-arm ways.