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.