The Ferrari 458 Italia is an Italian super sports car designed by the prestigious coachbuilder Pininfarina in collaboration with Ferrari. It was introduced in 2010, is its first generation and is the replacement of the already highly acclaimed by fans F430.
Like most of the models of the Italian house, the 458 Italia uses much of the technology developed by Ferrari in Formula 1 and adapts it to the streets and the use of the general public passionate about the brand of the Prancing Horse. This two-seater assures its driver intense driving emotions and a high-pitched sound characteristic of Italian engines.
It was launched with a cabrio version, with a removable hood that only adds 50 kg to the vehicle, and when it is out of it the sensation of sportiness and freedom felt when driving it is inexplicable. It is a must experience for those who wish to test drive a Ferrari.
This Italian supercar is the version that leads Ferrari sales, and it has its reasons, its engine is finely tuned, its interior finishes are luxurious, but do not lose the air of competition. If you decide to opt for the cabrio version, your driving experience will be of another level and it is possible that it will awaken your love for the brand, turning you into an incurable fan.
Precisely that is what Ferrari does, it makes you fall in love with its nods to its extensive sporting history, its pure Italian heritage that no other brand has managed to match so far. Among all the positive technical aspects that this Ferrari 458 Italia has, what makes it stand out is its comfortable, sporty and very dynamic handling among competing vehicles in its segment, such as the Lamborghini Aventador, the McLaren MP4-12c or the Mercedes AMG GT, and simply because it is Ferrari, it will be the choice of many.
The Ferrari 458 Italia is a mid-engine, naturally aspirated two-seater, an efficient but powerful V8 revised and tuned by the Italian house to obtain 520 horsepower, a feat of engineering since it displaces only 4.5 liters.
Moreover, with the optional package that equips the Speciale version of the 458, this engine is configured differently by the technicians and refined in weight to reach the remarkable figure of 605 horsepower. This is more than enough to propel the car’s 1400 kilograms of weight.
A fact to take into account is that the engine of this car is capable of electronically limiting to 9000 revolutions, delivering a maximum torque of 450 newton at 6000 revolutions. More than 80% of this torque is available from 3200 revolutions.
According to the figures given by Ferrari in the technical data sheet, it specifies a chilling performance, with zero to 100 in less than 3.4 seconds, and a top speed of 325 kilometers per hour. At a mixed driving regime, the car uses 13.4 liters of fuel per hundred kilometers and has an emission rate of 268 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
The braking system, which was also revised, Ferrari claims that it can stop the car from an average speed of 100 kilometers per hour in 32.1 meters with the brake assist system activated. This is a very important element and reminds us of Ferrari’s intention to meet the highest safety standards on the roads.
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Transmission and equipment
This car mounts a semi-automatic transmission developed by Getrag, with dual clutch and 7 speeds directly derived from Formula 1, which combined with the traction control system makes the 458 Italia very pleasant to drive, but also responsive when pressing the accelerator.
This 7-speed transmission was designed with the first 5 gears short, this with the purpose of taking advantage of as much torque as possible at low revs. The last 2 with a slightly longer ratio to make the most of the top speed, ideal if you plan to travel at a high cruising speed, without the engine suffers.
This intention of Ferrari to ensure a smooth ride at all engine speeds is reinforced by the use of active aerodynamics throughout the car. From the front grille we can find design elements placed specifically to redirect airflow and produce downforce that translates into better handling control.
The bodywork is covered by an almost perfect coat of paint, hand-polished by Ferrari experts. There is a lot of carbon fiber present on the model, which stands out at the front, in the air intakes, and on the rear deflector. In the engine compartment we can also see a lot of carbon fiber present, in the most radical version the air boxes are completely made of this material to reduce weight down to the smallest possible detail.
In this model you get a brutal sound coming from its naturally aspirated 60° V8, but if you want a comfortable driving mode, you can select it among its 5 factory modes with the rotary selector.
On the dashboard we can find an analog tachometer with its red line at an incredible 9000 rpm and indicating up to 10000, the tachometer is surrounded by two digital screens that display all the necessary information for the pilot, such as gear, speed, and information from the entertainment center.
Its cockpit is oriented almost completely to the pilot, the dashboard has a slight positive angle towards the driver, with large air conditioning intakes and the basic controls of the navigation system, the sound system stands out in quality as it is provided by JBL specialists.
The ventilation system is configured with dual climate control, which makes it ideal for each of the seats to customize the temperature you want to perceive. The electric seats also have dual climate control and regulation, with up to three memory spaces to suit the taste of the passengers.
In the central carbon console we have the space for drinks, and the buttons for gear selection, reverse, launch, which activates all the power of the car when starting, and auto mode, in which the changes are controlled from the levers on the sides of the vehicle.