Debuting in 2010 as Ferraris newest mid-rear engined supercar, the 458 Italia featured the prestigious Italian sports car builders latest advancements in design and technology. The Pininfarina-sculpted body shell (achieving a 0.33 drag coefficient) was fitted to an all-new modular aluminum chassis. Airflow was optimized for peak downforce as well as for cooling the machines V-8 engine.
Ferraris first use of direct fuel injection, the 4.5-liter V-8 engine awakened the 2010 458 Italia with 570 horsepower. The 2010 Ferrari 458 Italias engine was paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In a straight line, 0 to 60-mile per hour acceleration for the Ferrari is accomplished in 3.4 seconds. A host of handling technology such as E-Diff 3 electronic differential, F1-Trac and Magnetorheological Suspension Control gave the 458 Italia bolder cornering grip. Standard carbon-ceramic Brembo disc brakes with anti-lock braking system furnished high endurance stopping to contrast the massive Ferrari engine power. Befitting the character of a modern premium car, the Ferrari 458 Italias two-passenger interior included high-comfort sport seats, Bluetooth connectivity as well as front and side airbags. Shortly after the supercars release, several high profile fires occurred with the 458 Italia attributed to a loose, melted heat shield.
Ferrari promptly recalled the early production models of the car and resolved the issue without any lasting impact to the 458 Italias reputation. In 2012, an open-top 458 Italia Spider was introduced furnished with a retractable aluminum roof section. Stored in a rear section of the vehicle when not in use, the roof panel of the Ferrari 458 Spider needs only 14 seconds to deploy. For 2014, a 458 Speciale model incorporates an enhanced V-8 engine boosted to 596 horsepower and active aerodynamic components.
An eagerly anticipated new supercar emerging from the renowned Italian sports car builder Ferrari, the mid-engine 2010 458 Italia needs only 3.4 seconds to send a driver and possible passenger to 60 miles per hour.