The legacy of Ferrari goes back 80 years to the late 1930’s when the car giant entered the auto market. Since then, the brand has not looked back. With its research, creative innovation, and passion, the brand has won the hearts of automobile lovers throughout the globe.
The Ferrari 458 Italia is perhaps an epitome of performance and driving experience. Whether on the track or on the road, Ferrari 458 Italia’s versatility has no equal. The car mirrors the automaker’s incremental development over the years. The 458 is a visible improvement and refinement from the Ferrari F430 model, making it one of the best cars the company has ever made.
The Ferrari 458 Italia review
Launched at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2009, the 458 featured a body cover with the lowest drag multiplier that Ferrari has ever made. The latest aluminum alloy chassis snuggles the car’s 4.5-liter V8 engine, which gave it a good 570bhp and 400 ft-lbs of torque. The company’s engineers secured the lower RPM range’s torque to give the car an impressive 3.3 seconds for 0-60 mph with the top speed fixed at a breakneck 210 mph.
The seven-speed dual clutch transmission makes Ferrari one of a kind to provide the automatic standard for transmission on all its vehicles. The quick gear shifts provide a flawless and carefree driving experience. The front bumper and two sides of the front chin are equipped with aerodynamics, giving the 458 a more downforce of 309 lbs and extra cooling at a speed of 120mph. The car’s attractive front end is amplified with incisive LED headlights that compliment its silky appeal. Standard carbon ceramic brakes of the car give the 458 a good stopping power.
Once behind the wheel, the driver is met with the car’s flawless driving experience. The steering is highly responsive and sensitive, providing greater stability while driving. The ability to be driven aggressively charges both seasoned and new drivers with confidence and thrill. The car’s suspension, with maximum handling and grip, witnesses customization through various driving modes. Drivers can switch between sport, wet, CT off, and ESC off modes for the ultimate driving experience.
Inside the car
The car’s cockpit is more driver oriented, making the slimmed cabin feel highly light and spacious. The layout of the steering wheel integrates the driver well with the car. The headlight, wipers, horn, suspension dampener buttons, and the Manettino switch are all on the steering wheel. The completely digital display of the car stars the central tachometer equipped with screens on either side. The left screen projects driving mode and vehicle status, while the rights screen shows the radio, speedometer, and satellite navigation.
Cost of ownership and maintenance
The 2010 and 2011 model of the 458 is a low maintenance car. Besides the routine services, it doesn’t need much. The car doesn’t need clutch or DCT replacement for a lifetime. The 458 uses timing chains in place of timing belts that also do not require replacement. Besides the 7-year maintenance package, Ferrari 458 Italia comes with a 3-year warranty period for all other components.