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By Ketan Patel

Ferrari 458 Italia 2010 Review

Ever since the Ferrari 458 Italia made its first appearance back in 2010 it has been one of the most sought after sports car in the world. The Ferrari 458 Italia reeks with both mind boggling performance and style, and the fact that it has been nominated "Best sports car of 2010" by several prestigious car reviewers all over the world proves that the Ferrari 458 Italia really is something special. Let's take a more "in-depth" look at what this model can offer.

When it comes to performances, the Ferrari 458 Italia sports a beasty 4.5 liter V8 naturally aspired engine capable of producing 562 HP at 9,000 RPM and a whopping torque of 398 lb/ft at 6,000 RPM, which pretty much means the engine is capable of producing 127 horsepower per liter, more than any other naturally aspired engines we've ever come across. Combine that with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and the results are a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h) and a 0-to-60 acceleration in just under 3.4 seconds.

To prevent the raw power getting out of hand the Ferrari 458 Italia is equipped with a multi-link suspension at the rear and double wishbones suspension at the front, active differential and the F1-Trac traction control system which yields 32% better results than the one found on the Ferrari 458 Italia predecessors.

Designed by Pininfarina, the exterior the Ferrari 458 Italia is without shadow of a doubt strikingly beautiful and stylish, featuring slick lines and an elegance rarely seen in today's super cars. Nevertheless, the Ferrari 458 Italia is capable of producing a downforce of 140 kg at 124 mph. With increased downforce and improved handling in mind, the 458 Italiahas been fitted with a couple flexible winglets on the front bumper which deform and lower themselves at higher speeds, a rather unique concept which seems to yield great results.

The interior of the car has been designed with the help of the F1 pilot Michael Schumacher, and one of the most striking features is the steering wheel which in most part, has been designed to be as practical as a steering wheel found in today's F1 cars.

Unfortunately, the Ferrari 458 Italia had a somewhat bad start and in case you're not aware of this, the earlier models had problems with the adhesive used in assembling the wheel arches, which tended to catch on fire at higher temperatures. Fortunately, the problem has been mended by the manufacturer and all the problematic models have been recalled and replaced, so if you're looking to buy a Ferrari 458 Italia there's nothing to worry about concerning this matter.

As for the pricing, the Ferrari 458 Italia 2010 is sold at roughly $225,000, about $25,000 more expensive than its arch nemesis the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4, and about $5,000 cheaper than the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C.

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In the UK the 458 Italia was today nominated “Performance Car of the Year 2010” by CARmagazine for being “one of the fastest, most thrilling and communicative supercars of all time, as well as one of the easiest to drive day in, day out.” 
Car Middle East, one of the leading magazines in the region, awarded the 458 Italia two prestigious titles – the overall “Car of the Year 2010” award and “Supercar of the Year 2010” - describing it as instantly desirable and the ultimate superhero car. 
At the Guangzhou Auto Show in China, the Ferrari 458 Italia today took two further awards: “2010 Super Sports Car of The Year” from Top Gear (China Edition), and “The Most Admired Sports Car 2010” by Xcar, the popular Chinese automotive internet Web site. 
Since its launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009 the 458 Italia has been the subject of international critical acclaim and has received numerous awards worldwide.Maranello, 27th September 2010 - The 458 Italia’s success continues unabated. Just last night, in fact, the car won its sixth award of 2010 when it was named Super Sportscar of the Year at a ceremony in Shanghai. The “Best of the Best Award” came courtesy of the editors at the prestige international Robb Report China magazine. They were flanked in their decision-making by a panel of automotive experts and chose the 458 Italia over the many competitors in its category. 
In the 12 months since its unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 458 Italia has earned widespread critical and public acclaim, not merely in response to high profile achievements such as being named Car of the Year by BBC’s Top Gear Magazine, but also as a result of its performance in very tough test-drives on both track and road. In recent months, the mid-rear engined 8-cylinder has undergone in-depth specialist testing right across the globe which have highlighted its exceptional performance standards and superlative driving pleasure. In fact, the authoritative British car magazine, Autocar described it thus: “The 458 Italia is the new sportscar benchmark”.The first 458 Italia have been delivered a couple of days ago while the car is receiving more awards. The latest has been presented by the British GQ magazine, nominating it "best supercar of the year".

Amongst the motives for the award was its style, considered "the most beautiful Ferrari in many years", the engine considered a masterpiece, just like the car’s dynamics. Exceptional the overall impression behind the wheel, while the prestigious magazine states, that the "458 is on top of the car world… and

Maranello, 22 December 2010. In the past few days the Ferrari 458 Italia has taken a raft of coveted international awards from the most respected automotive magazines worldwide.


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