When I first saw pictures of the new Ferrari 458 Italia it felt like the first time I fell in love. I can only assume the feeling that I felt towards the car is similar as to that of seeing the birth of your first born, or saying “I do” at the altar.
The sheer beauty of the car is something which cannot readily be described through traditional literature. It is simply stunning by Pininfarina, much less fussy than the Ferrari F430 with a compact, aerodynamic shape, underscoring the concepts of simplicity, efficiency and lightness that inspired the project. As with every Ferrari, the car's styling has been very heavily influenced by the requirements for aerodynamic efficiency, as can be seen from the down force of 140 kg at 200km/h generated by the new model.
The Ferrari 458 Italia is to be very high tech, and will be very unnerving competition for the Lamborghini LP560-4s. The name of the car is derived from its all new 4.5 litre V8 which equates to a pant wetting 0-62 in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 200mph, from this mid engined jaw dropper.
One can only imagine the noise, the g-force of acceleration which comes from a car revving at 500rpm higher than the previous Ferrari F430. So far we can only imagine the feeling on the road, the down force of the car and the speed from both the ultra aerodynamics and the sheer engine power.
For increased efficiency the Ferrari 458 Italia comes with a direct injection which is bigger and more powerful than the Ferrari F430 while reducing emissions. Nice to see Ferrari doing their bit for the environment, although I’m sure it won’t be the first question on a buyers mind.
Slightly heavier than the Ferrari F430 at 1,380kg, the Ferrari 458 Italia is also slightly wider (14mm). The kerb weight is not ideal, however this Ferrari has more going for it than the Ferrari F430 giving 140kg of down force at 120mph. What is more gorgeous little touches to the car such as the ‘aeroelastic winglets’ on the front bumper, bend at high speeds reducing drag.
Other news comes with the exciting new steering wheel. Should you be lucky enough to hold one at some point in your life you will note what Ferrari calls ‘a revolutionary ergonomic interface where the main controls are clustered on the steering wheel’. Similar to that of the Ferrari Enzo the steering wheel will give the driver ultimate control of all aspects of the car, while hurtling around corners at break neck speed.
Sell the house to your mates, the wife to your brother, or kids to Madonna, do what ever you can to get hold of a Ferrari 458 Italia!
Prices expected to start at £150k on sale spring 2010.