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Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia interior


Year (of specifications) 2009 - 2014
Engine 4.5 litre V8
Transmission 7-speed dual clutch RWD
Max speed 202 mph
0-60 mph under 3.4 seconds
Horsepower 570 bhp @ 9,000 rpm
weight 1380 kg / 3042 lbs

The 458 Italia is a mid-engined, V8-powered sports car which was the replacement for the Ferrari F430.

The Ferrari 458 Italia is distinctly different in style to other contemporary Ferrari's, there is a new more taught body language and intricate details are peppered throughout. Take for example the radical headlights which sweep backward up the wheel arches and feature small air vents built into their inner edge. It could take some convincing to get traditional Ferraristi to accept this newfound modern style. The front grille, which on the F430 was clearly divided into two separate sections, has been replaced with a grille which is similar in function (with two openings) but different in form, and on the 458 Italia it appears at a glance to be a single large grille.

In profile, the crisp lines which emanate from the front wheel arch and run backward add some interest to the door panels while also giving the impression the 458 Italia has a thin, svelte waist. The rear view utilizes the trademark round taillights which sit proudly at the very extremes of the vehicles bodywork. The triple center-exit exhaust sits nestled between air diffusers either side, giving the car a distinctly modern, yet purposeful appearance.

Mounted in a mid-rear location is the new 4.5 litre V8 with direct injection. The engine has a very low piston compression height typical of racing engines which contributed to achieving its compression ratio of 12.5:1. Equipped with the traditional flat-plane crankshaft, the engine delivers 570 hp at 9,000 rpm and, with an outstanding power output of 127 hp-per-litre, sets a new benchmark not only for Ferrari, but also for the entire market segment. Maximum torque is 540 Nm (398 lb/ft) at 6000 rpm, over 80 per cent of which is available from 3250 rpm.

The Ferrari 458 Italia is equipped with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which increases performance whilst providing very smooth shifts even at full throttle. The engineers have developed specific, sportier gear ratios to match the power and torque curves of the new V8, guaranteeing high torque even at lower engine speeds.

With regard to vehicle dynamics, the Ferrari 458 Italia's suspension features twin wishbones at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear tuned for maximum roadholding and handling. The light overall weight of just 1380 kgs (3042 lbs) coupled with the front/rear weight distribution of 42/58 percent further adds to the performance potential.

The integration of the E-Diff and F1-Trac (now controlled by the same ECU) and their respective mappings is even greater, resulting in a 32 per cent increase in longitudinal acceleration out of corners compared to previous models. The evolution of the control logic, with even faster and more accurate calculation of levels of grip, ensures even greater roadholding, better handling and ease of control on the limit.

The interior of the Ferrari 458 Italia features a new type of steering wheel and dashboard that is the direct result of racing practice. Once again input from Michael Schumacher - who was involved from the very start of the 458 Italia project - played an invaluable part.

In 2015 the Ferrari 458 Italia was replaced by the Ferrari 488 GTB.



Similar and related vehicles:
Ferrari F430
Ferrari 488 GTB








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