The Ferrari 458 Italia is a mid-engined sports car produced by Ferrari. It was announced in 2009 as the successor of the Ferrari F430, although its design is different from its predecessor’s, and it also incorporates new technologies based on Ferrari’s experience in Formula 1. As expected, the price is quite high, starting at $240,000.
The supercar is powered by a 4.5L V8 engine, which produces 562 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, thus allowing a top speed of 325 km/h. The 458 goes from 0 to 60 in under 3.4 seconds. The engine features direct fuel injection, which is new for Ferrari in its road cars. It also holds the record for most power per liter in a car engine. The fuel consumption is around 13.3L/100km.
The transmission on the 458 is a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox. The manual option is no longer available, thus making the 458 the first Ferrari car that doesn’t incorporate Ferrari’s classic gated manual.
As far as handling is concerned, Ferrari has really brought this car close to the F1 technology. The 458’s suspension features double wishbones at the front and multi-link set-up at the rear, together with E-Diff and F1-Trac traction control systems. Thanks to these new systems, the car’s cornering and longitudinal acceleration have improved by 32% in comparison with its previous models.
The body was built by Pininfarina, as with all recent Ferrari models. It is adapted for speed thanks to the aerodynamic efficiency. The car’s weight is 1,245 kg, length is 4.527 meters, and the width is 1.937 m.