This Is Not Your Fathers Ferrari: The 458 Italia
Dec 2013 08

Ferrari is perhaps the most widely recognized and respected exotic car manufacturer the world throughout for its engineering and rich design history. The name alone ‘Ferrari’ is synonymous with Peacocking. The Ferrari 458 Italia is no exception, it may be one of the best looking Ferrari’s built to date, and that’s only part of the equation when it comes to producing a classic supercar.

It replaces the clunky looking F430 so it’s already a leg up on its predecessor. Having a supercar that’s all looks and no bollox doesn’t bode well for a wealthy car enthusiast either. Performance is a must, and the little Italia provides performance by the bushel.

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

Now for the performance numbers, for all you layman the following information just means that your eyeballs will wind up in the back of your head when you press hard on the accelerator pedal. The engine is a 4.5 liter naturally aspirated 32 valve V8 that produces 562 bhp, that’s 79 bhp more the the old F430. Ferrari says it manages the highest specific output per liter (125 blp) of any naturally aspirated engine ever. Redline is an insane 9,000 rpm, which, from a V8 is impressive no doubt. 0 to 60 mph is done in a cool 3.3 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 11.5 seconds @ 125 mph. Top speed leaps past the Holy Grail at 202 mph.

Ok, so its got amazing looks and the power to boot, but what about world class handling? That is another requirement for a supercar, and the 458 doesn’t disappoint there either. Integrated with remapped versions of the F430’s differential and traction control systems which give the 458 32 per cent more longitudinal acceleration out of corners than its predecessor. It even has winglets on its front grille that change shape at high speeds to add to the overall downforce. The 458, says Ferrari, will generate 309 lbs of downforce at 124mph.

All of that, and combined with the aforementioned looks and it sounds like a slam dunk. The 365 Daytona and Dino are timeless classics, and this new thoroughbred has the potential to be just as monumental for this historic car builder. Which is where you lot come in. You decide. Prices start at $225,000, see more at Ferrari.com.
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