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Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson gets his hands on a Ferrari 458 Italia

Jeremy Clarkson is no stranger to driving fast cars and he’s certainly not one to sugarcoat his opinions, especially when he’s got some pretty sharp criticism of the vehicle he’s driving.

Recently, the outspoken and often times hilarious host of Top Gear got a chance to drive the Ferrari 458 Italia , a car that everyone seems to be in love with. For his part, Clarkson took a few shots at a disturbing – as far as he’s concerned - part of the new Ferrari supercar: the steering wheel.

According to Clarkson, Ferrari’s decision to put a boatload of controls on the 458, including the turn lights, the wipers, the traction control, and the headlights, makes it a little more difficult to use when the car is in motion because, well, the wheel moves a lot.

But despite that little bone, Clarkson had no problem going gaga over what he claims to be the “prettiest Ferrari ” to come along since the iconic 1975 Ferrari 308 . And much to his delight, the 458 Italia is far from being just a pretty Ferrari.

Using James May’s very own Ferrari 430 , Clarkson took the wheel of the 458 Italia and raced it with the 430 that was piloted by no less than resident driver The Stig. No sooner than the start of the race did the 458 Italia immediately display its mind-blowing power over the ‘outdated’ 430, humiliating the latter in spectacular fashion and proving without a tinge of doubt that the 458 Italia, despite the complicated wheel, is a Ferrari super car for all ages.

Source: You Tube


15 comments:

Upon watching the video, Jeremy had been comfortable driving this 458 Italia without any complained coming from him. Though he raised some other concerns, still, he did a splendid job in testing this supercar.

haha. Jeremy clarkson really makes his driving experience even memorable by boat loading all the controls of the car. I guess he will also enjoy driving the Ferrari FF that was released just recently.

The good thing about this kind of job is that you have a privilege to test drive the upcoming and best cars ever made. Well, its a good thing that Clarkson haven’t crashed this car just like what he do to the Porsche Gt3.

I wonder if they took all the parts like turn lights, the wipers, the traction control, and the headlights, that affects the performance of the car, then the Italia would be like a fish bone? Bu i have to agree that compare to the 430 the 458 is much better.

I got to it before it got taken off youtube! And I’ve been waiting for a while for this one.

Oh! Jeremy Clarkson is one of the best pilot that I have known..and Ferrari 458 Italia is such a wonderful car too. That job is definitely a little bit envious...;p

There is this little thing called opinion. Just because you don’t like the looks doesn’t mean Clarkson doesn’t have taste because he likes it. I for one think it is an amazing looking vehicle.

The fact is, there is absolutely nothing in Hyundai’s line up that’s currently anything close to 50mpg (or 40mpg). Other "non-leaders" like Toyota at least have Prius for show.

There is this little thing called opinion. Just because you don’t like the looks doesn’t mean Clarkson doesn’t have taste because he likes it. I for one think it is an amazing looking vehicle.

Now even if the 458 doesn’t suite your taste, I’m sure it’s still better than the 400.

@rogermanalac... you’re so right... he hates how all porsches look, that’s why prefer Hammond over Clackrson

Jeremy Clarkson is really a lucky guy. He gets the chance to drive that car (though he probably has one already in his garage). I wish I had his job.

LMAO, that steeling wheel does looks too complicated for a newbie Ferrari driver. the 458 Italia is the perfection of Ferrari vehicles. even the front lip is properly designed to gain a lot of down force for tight cornering.

Imagine the same car would wear a Porsche badge. He would be bashing its looks till the end of time. Exactly what i thought how Clarkson would react, the guy is predictable.

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