Designed by the Italian firm Pininfarina, the Ferrari 458 Italia debuts as a newest two-seat supercar. Propelled by a mid-mounted 570 horsepower, direct-injected 4.5 liter V-8 engine, 0 to 60 miles per hour times in under 3.4 seconds is provided with ease thanks to the smooth motion of a 7-speed twin-clutch transmission. Using an integrated ECU to govern traction control and an electronic differential, handling of the 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia through double wishbone suspension is assured to be optimum through rear-wheel drive performance. Enchanting a driver and passenger is hard to match performance, the Ferrari 458 Italia rewards with leather seating as well as a driver-oriented cockpit. A multi-function steering wheel resides in front of a TFT instrument display that can show temperatures of all four tires while driving. Pricey optional equipment on the 458 Italia includes carbon trim, Alcantara interior surfaces and special racing seats. The 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia achieves an average fuel economy of 15 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving.Read more Read less
The 458 is a new model for Ferrari in 2010, replacing last years, much-loved, F430 model. The 458 is more technologically advanced, more powerful and even more fuel-efficient in every way than its predecessor.
Aggressive styling; extraordinary power and handling; world-leading technology; standard 7-speed transmission
The new 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, like most Ferraris, to not be a stripped track-ready racecar, but rather a leather-clad, Bluetooth equipped ride that can be driven comfortably to work or wrung out confidently on any competition tarmac in the world.