2010 Ferrari 458 Italia
If the triple exhaust tips don’t move you, perhaps the Manettino switch on the steering wheel for selecting the various drive modes will. Or, if the white Cavallinos stitched into the headrests don’t grab your attention, perhaps the vibrant Rosso Corso exterior will. And even if the sensuous overall shape of the Ferrari 458 doesn’t make an instant impression, the sight of the mid-mounted V8 engine under its Perspex cover certainly will. Fundamentally, like any Ferrari 458, this is a car that cannot be ignored.
The 458 was Ferrari’s mid-engined V8 supercar for the new millennium. Although it replaced the 430, it was a clean-sheet exercise and drew heavily on Ferrari’s experience in Formula 1. That explains the Manettino switchgear first seen in F1 cars, as well as the electronically-controlled rear differential and the F1-Trac traction-control system. Brakes, too, used F1 technology and drew on Ferrari’s experience with carbon-ceramic braking hardware.
The Right Chemistry
The svelte bodywork, meanwhile, was the work of long-time Ferrari collaborator, Pinninfarina. And those winglets and angles aren’t just for looks; at 200 km/h, Ferrari claimed the 458 could generate 140 kg of downforce. Of course, that was entirely necessary given the car’s potential for top speeds of around 325 km/h. Acceleration was of the searing variety, too, with nought to 100 km/h arriving in 3.4 seconds.
And There's More!
This example also features a white-faced tachometer, carbon-fibre interior fitments including the central bridge, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, red brake calipers and a suspension lifter.
Features: White rev-counter, suspension lifter, carbon-fibre central bridge, red brake callipers, navigation system, 20-inch forged, painted rims, Filo Speciale Bianco stitching, powered front seats, cruise control, dual-zone climate-control.