Ferrari 458

Ferrari 458

  Ferrari brought out the 458 Italia as the successor to the F430. It is powered by a 4,499 cc V8 engine that delivers a total of 570 HP at 9,000 rpm and a peak torque of 540 Nm at 6000 rpm. The engine delivers an outstanding power output of 127 HP/liter and 120 Nm/liter. All this while delivering only 307 g/km of CO2 and a fuel consumption of just 13.3 l/100 km. The engine is mated to a F1 dual-clutch gearbox and sprints the sports car from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.4 seconds while top speed goes up to an impressive 201 mph.

Although it hasn’t been developed as a road-legal car and very few people have access to it, the Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione will always enchant us by putting all of its racing skills to good use on the track.

Whether it’s being hooned in the Challenge series or simply enjoyed by a customer on any course located in Europe or the United States, the 458 Evoluzione is a joy to watch - especially in race livery - and hear.

With 562 horsepower coming out of the 4.5-liter, V-8 engine, the 458 Challenge sounds like a proper, track-prepped sports car should and reminds us that the Italians haven’t forgotten about Enzo’s main dream — delivering the ultimate race car .

Built to 2014 Challenge specifications, the new 458 Challenge has already made its debut in the series in January, at Daytona, while the second race took place earlier this month at the Sonoma Raceway in California. Ferrari used this recent event to put together an awesome video with the race car lapping the track with Conrad Grunewald behind the steering wheel.

In case you’re wondering, Grunewald is the coach of Ferrari of Huston and a Formula Drift driver, meaning he’s more than qualified to drop the hammer on the 458’s gas pedal. The interesting thing about the video is that the pilot is also offering a brief tutorial on how to approach each and every curve on the Sonoma track in terms of speed and gearing. Enjoy!

It’s been nearly half a year since Ferrari unveiled the 458 Speciale , and the Italians have just launched the sports car’s online configurator, just in time for you to begin a new week with a fun-filled day.

The official configurator enables both potential customers and car fanatics to browse through an array of menus and change everything from the 458 Speciale’s exterior color and livery to interior shades and materials used throughout the cockpit.

Making things more interesting is the 360-degree overview offering both day and night view, as well as the "explore the reflections" option. The latter changes the way light reflects into the paint based on different, adjustable sunlight angles.

What’s more, a "Compare" button positioned on the right will enable you to split the car and configure each half separately for a better comparison between colors, features, and their contrasts.

As a brief reminder before you click past the jump for more details, the Ferrari 458 Speciale is powered by a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that churns out 596 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque via a seven-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission. The oomph enables the sport car to sprint from naught to 62 mph in about 3 seconds and onto a top speed of 202 mph.

Nearly 200 pounds lighter than the regular 458, the Speciale is not only the most powerful 458, but also the most track-capable.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

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Although we’ve seen plenty of Ferrari 458 Speciale footage since it was launched, we still can’t get enough of this pure Italian sports car , mainly due to its awesome exhaust note.

Getting near one of these beauties is more than difficult, but this is where supercar spotter Marchettino comes in by providing us with videos showing all sorts of rare, high-performance machines.

This isn’t the first 458 Speciale clip he uploaded on YouTube, but this one features not just one, but two such vehicles. Making things even better is the fact that they were shot while lapping the Misano track, the perfect place for a pair of sports cars to show off and put their outstanding technology to good use.

Before we leave you with the video, we’d like to remind you that the Ferrari 458 Speciale is motivated by a noisy, 4.5-liter, V-8 engine that cranks out 596 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. The unit enables the car to scream from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds and reach a top speed of 202 mph.

Hennessey Perfromance ’s most recent projects included power updates for the 2014 Corvette Stingray and 2014 Chevrolet SS . If you’ve been with us the past couple of months, you may also know that its Lotus Exige -based Venom GT is the world’s fastest production car, albeit an unofficial record, at 270.49 miles per hour.

But these aren’t the only vehicle Hennessey has meddled with in its Texas workshop lately. The company has added its familiar HPE700 package to a couple of European sports cars , such as the recently-discontinued McLaren MP4-12C and the Ferrari 458 Spider, as well.

Tuning an already fast Ferrari 458 might sound insane to some, but nothing’s too extreme for the folks over at Hennessey, who have added a pair of ball bearing turbochargers in order to increase output up to a neck-breaking 738 horses and 532 pound-feet of torque.

The twin-turbo Ferrari was also enhanced with a new fuel system, a stainless steel exhaust system, among other goodies, while being fitted with the HPE Engine Management Calibration for optimized performance.

These updates enables the Texas-tweaked 458 Spider to launch from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds and complete the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds at 137 miles per hour.

It may not seem like it, but the Ferrari 458 is starting to show its age when compared to its competitors’ newest models like the Huracán and 650S . It’s conceivable then that this white stallion prancing around in the snow might be the 458’s replacement.

Caught drifting around snow banks in Northern Sweden, this Ferrari test mule is definitely helping develop something. The first and most noticeable thing are the front fenders. It looks like some engineer needed more room to mount snow tires, so a Sawzall was used to open up the wheel wells. Around the side, black tape seems to be holding body panels together just forward of the rear tire. We’re not too sure what’s going on here, but Ferrari certainly has something up its sleeve.

We suspect the 458’s replacement would generate more power than the current car and matching, or more likely, exceeding the 610 horsepower from the Lamborghini Huracán and getting close to the 640-horsepower output of the McLaren 650S McLaren 650S . A dual-clutch transmission is an inevitable return, and could either the be same seven-speed unit the 458 currently has or perhaps Ferrari is working on a unit with more gears. Only time will tell.

This does seem to be a very early prototype in the 458 replacement program, given it’s the first one photographed and its body panels are ill-fitting. Keep posted to TopSpeed for any developing information.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Successor.

With the death of Paul Walker last year, the certainty of "Fast and Furious 7" continuing was really unknown, but this latest video shows that filming is back underway. A savvy car buff in Abu Dhabi shot this video of the production company shooting some driving scenes for the seventh installment of the F&F franchise.

From this grainy video, it looks like the car in question is a 458 Italia , which is a stark contrast from the imports and classic muscle cars that we are used to seeing in the franchise. Sure, there have been some exotics in the Fast franchise, but rarely did they see this kind of action.

There were no details on the shoot itself, as to when it took place, how long it pasted and if any of the cast was present, but we assume this was a skeleton crew simply shooting a little b-roll to fill some gaps. We’re hoping to see come previews rolling out soon, so stay tuned for those. And until then, enjoy this behind-the-scenes look.

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Youtube user Marchettino appears to have lots of friends with some really bad-ass toys, and this is how he manages to shoot some of the greatest car videos we’ve ever seen. \

His latest video includes a brand-new Ferrari 458 Speciale clearing its throat, then a fantastic ride-along that also includes a close encounter with the police.

All we can say about the 458 Speciale is "can we have on, please?" What a fantastic-sounding car...

As a reminder, the 458 Speciale gets an updated 4.5-liter, V-8 powerplant that delivers a total of 596 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. With the extra power, the 458 Speciale goes from 0 to 60 mph in only three seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in just 9.1 seconds. Top speed is an amazing 202 mph.

Check out the video to see how great the V-8 engine sounds in the 458 Speciale.

Another week, another program for DMC.

This time, DMC has dressed up a Ferrari 458 Italia with not only a custom stealthy black finish, but a custom body kit that’s befitting of its name: Elegante.

This isn’t the first time DMC has used the Elegante kit on the 458, but it is the first time the coupe got the treatment — last time it was the 458 Spider that received the kit.

The Elegante body kit is as comprehensive as its name leads you to believe. It’s got all the usual digs we’ve come to expect from DMC, including a new front spoiler lip, larger side skirts and a new rear bumper with a modified diffuser setup.

The engine also gets some minor performance upgrades that pump it up to a stout 608 horsepower, thanks in large part to a remapped ECU and a new stainless-steel exhaust system. That’s a pretty healthy upgrade from its stock 562 horsepower from its base 4.5-liter V-8.

Far be it for us to judge the number supercars DMC modifies, we still go back to our belief of quantity is only as good as the quality. So far, DMC is proving that saying true with one quality program after another.

DMC, you’re skills in tuning supercars have no bounds.

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari 458 Italia

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Apparently, the Ferrari 458 Italia is a very tunable car, as in the past few months we’ve seen tons of tuning kits, and today is time for another one coming from Luxury Customs from Switzerland.

The car was delivered by a client who wanted to get a blacked-out 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia to turn a few heads. As a result, the supercar was updated with tinted windows and taillights, blacked-out chrome logos and trim and a sleek black exterior paint. The Italia also car rides on a set of ADV.1 alloy wheels with yellow brake calipers peeking through.

Along with the dark trim, the model’s aggressive appearance was also upgraded with an exterior kit that includes a new front lip spoiler, new side skirts and a new rear diffuser that further improves the aggressive look of the prancing horse.

There are no performance upgrades included in this kit, so the Italia retains its 4.5-*liter V-8 that cranks out 562 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Italia by Luxury Customs.

McLaren MP4-12C

With all the attention the Ferrari 458 Speciale has received since it was introduced late last year, McLaren appears to be itching to build something similar for the McLaren 12C. And before you wonder what the 12C GT Can-Am Edition is for, it’s best to remember that it’s actually more of a race car than a high-powered road supercar .

So Autocar is reporting that a hardcore 12C is in the works and this one will be a direct competitor to the 458 Speciale. That’s just awesome because nothing excites us more than two esteemed premium brands answering each other’s limited-edition exotics with one of their own. That’s like Katy Perry inventing a new dance routine to combat Miley Cyrus’ twerking.

Ok, we’re digressing...

In any case, the rumored "hardcore 12C" is being tipped to carry the same twin-turbo 3.8-liter, V-8 engine as that of the standard 12C. The only difference is that the former will have an improved version of the said powertrain, with performance numbers rumored to hit close to 650 horsepower.

Should those numbers be accurate, that would give the McLaren a significant performance hit compared to the 458 Speciale. It’s also important to point out that the rumored 12C will come with a host of aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades, including a design that will have some influences from the McLaren P1 to go with extensive use of carbon-fiber monocell and enhanced aerodynamic capabilities.

So prepare yourselves for a big year for McLaren. At the very least, Ferrari should be looking out for this rumored high-end 12C because there’s a good chance that the bar will once again be raised in this never-ending game of supercar supremacy.

We’ll be sitting by the couch with the popcorn ready.

Click past the jump to read about the McLaren MP4-12C

Source: Autocar UK

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