A pure performance car, the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia combines many of the design and technology expertise that has been dedicated to the Italian sports car maker’s Formula 1 program. The two-passenger 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia is available as either a closed-cockpit hardtop or an open-roof Spider. Both body types of the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia has been crafted for optimal weight and aerodynamic balance. A mid-mounted 4.5-liter V-8 powerplant on 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia features direct-injection technology and a dry-sump oiling system. On the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia hardtop and the 458 Italia Spider, performance from the engine equates to 562 horsepower and 398 foot-pounds of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission directs the engine power to a rear wheel drive system. E-Diff 3 electronic differential and F1-Trac are built into the handling of the Ferrari 458 Italia for peak grip. Certain to be a very rare supercar model, the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale is a heavily tuned version of the base hardtop. The 4.5-liter V-8 on the 2014 458 Italia Speciale has been adjusted to produce 596 horsepower while operating with Ferrari’s HELE (High Emotion Low Emission) technology. The other best modification for the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale is the inclusion of active aerodynamic body components designed to tailor airflow to various speed conditions. The 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just three seconds. Leather seating, power mirrors, dual-zone climate controls, and Bluetooth connectivity are standard conveniences found inside the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia.Read more Read less
The 458 Carries over into 2014 unchanged.
Aggressive styling; extraordinary power and handling; world-leading technology; standard 7-speed transmission
The 458's base price hovers right around $230,000, which places it among the most expensive 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 is an extremely capable track-ready car, but it also features a luxurious leather interior with all of today's necessary technologies, which can be driven comfortably to work. With the addition of the 458 Spider, with its clever retractable hardtop, sunshine-lovers now have an Italia to call their own.