Aggressive styling; extraordinary power and handling; world-leading technology; standard 7-speed transmission
The 458 was an all-new model for Ferrari in 2010, replacing the much-loved F430 model. The 458 was more technologically advanced, more powerful and even more fuel-efficient in every way than its predecessor. For 2011, it continues on basically unchanged, but for the addition of a 458 "Challenge" model.
The 458's base price hovers right around $225,000, which places it among the most expensive of the performance cars available in North America. The Lamborghini Gallardo and Porsche S Turbo may compete in terms of performance, style and price, but the Ferrari 458 brings extensive racing heritage and the newest in fuel-efficiency technology. A multi-displacement system, active aerodynamics and a clever alternator that only charges the battery when the engine is not under load are among the technologies Ferrari has employed to increase vehicle efficiency. The 458 also promises, to be not just an extremely capable track-ready car, but also features a comfortable leather interior with all the modern comfort features that can be driven comfortably to work or wrung out confidently on any competition tarmac in the world.
The Ferrari 458 was all new in 2010, replacing the popular F430. The 458 is better in every measurable way, and the styling is also an evolution of the 430's looks--the newer car's got sharper corners, better aerodynamics and bigger standard wheels.
Power comes from a 4.5L V8 engine mounted mid-ship, and makes an impressive 570 horsepower and 398 lb-feet of torque. It's only available with a 7-speed double-clutch transmission, connected to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential. The suspension is of the active, self-leveling variety.
In an effort to improve fuel economy, the 458 employs several fuel-saving technologies. A type of "multi-displacement" system that turns off some cylinders when they're not needed and an innovative alternator that only charges the battery when the car is decelerating or coasting helps reduce parasitic loss on the engine, is also used to improve fuel economy.
The 458 gets big 20-inch alloy wheels and Z-rated tires as standard equipment. Up front, the Ferrari's headlamps are composed of a series of advanced LEDs, which are brighter, consume less energy and last longer than conventional bulbs. Inside, power windows and locks are standard as is dual-zone climate control. Safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control as well as tire pressure monitoring.
Like many exotics, the Ferrari 458 is available in a dizzying array of colors, including five shades of blue, seven shades of gray and three reds. If none of them are to the customer's liking, custom paint is available. The standard seats are beige leather, but can be optioned with blue, charcoal, gray or any number of other hues.
The customization options menu is extensive, and includes a special performance brakes, run-flat tires, carbon fiber trim, a premium JBL stereo with 11 speakers and iPod integration. Power seats are optional, as is navigation and cruise control. A parking camera is a $3,463 option and parking sensors cost $2,203.
Although not yet announced, a Spider version is rumored to be in the works, to be released later in 2011. But an all-new 458 Challenge has been announced. This version retains the street model's horsepower but has been tuned for more torque down low. It also features special race-tuned suspension as well as the same Brembo brakes used on the 599XX. The Challenge sits a full 1.2 inches lower than the standard 458, and it features Ferrari's F1-Trac traction control unit, which gives the driver the choice between two different settings for dry and wet conditions. Ferrari says all this, combined with a much lighter structure, gives the 458 a two second improvement over the 430 around the Fiorano test track. The car is not available for street use.
Vehicle Price: 230,325.00
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