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.

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

The Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale is one bad mutha, and that’s putting it in a PG-13 light.

It’s everything you want in a Ferrari this side of the LaFerrari . It’s powerful, limited, and downright awesome to look at, the 458 Speciale is as it’s name implies: special.

So when you have a car that looks and performs like a rock star, aftermarket companies are going to be lining up to get a piece of this mighty Ferrari, including Novitec Rosso .

In some ways, it’s not surprising that Novitec Rosso would be one of the first tuners to get its hands on a 458 Speciale. And we know what happens when it has a Ferrari on its hands. Aftermarket awesomeness!

In this particular case, Novitec’s work on the 458 Speciale is limited to a Stage 1 kit, which pretty much means a simple engine tune and a new set of wheels. With 600 horsepower on tap from the factory, Novitec was able to bump it up to 622 horsepower. Sure, it’s not a massive increase, but it appears to be a small sample of bigger things to come. There’s also a set of custom Novitec NF4 forged wheels that are finished in black with bright yellow rims, and blacked out taillights.

That’s the extent of Novitec Rosso’s Stage 1 kit for the 458 Speciale. More importantly, though, the program suggests that there could be a Stage 2 or possibly Stage 3 kit. That’s what we’re definitely looking forward to.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale

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Ferrari unveiled the first details on the 458 Challenge Evoluzione at the end of 2013, but all we got then were some images of the car. Now, YouTube user NM2255 managed to spot the car in action on the Monza race track. You will not only see the car cruising around the track, but you will also be able to enjoy its beautiful exhaust note!

For the 2014 model year, the 458 Challenge Evoluzione was improved with a more aggressive aerodynamic kit that includes a new rear wing for increased downforce and a new front splitter. Ferrari also focused on making the car lighter to help it accelerate more quickly and handle better.

The only thing that remained untouched from the base 458 Italia was the 4.5-liter, V-8 engine that delivers the same 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.

The Japanese really do know how to make an impression, especially when it comes to modifications to Italian supercars . Such is the case with LB Performance’s work on the Ferrari 458 . If you don’t like your stock 458 and you have the finances to afford the program, LB Performance is one of those companies you should have on speed dial.

In this particular case, the Liberty Walk subsidiary decided on doing a carefully crafted upgrade on the 458 Spyder, complete with new components that not only give the exotic an enhanced look, but also give it added performance capabilities.

The kit features a load of hot new items, highlighted by a custom front and rear spoilers and custom side skirts to go with wider wheel arches and rivets you don’t normally see on the the standard 458.

It’s a unique kit that’s different from what LB Performance’s European counterparts have built in the past years, which is precisely why it’s an attention-grabber in its own damn right.

For the privilege of having it fitted into your Ferrari 458, customers will have to shell out around €18,000 — about $24,700 based on current exchange rates. That’s a premium price to pay, but a custom-looking 458 never comes cheap.

Click past the jump to read more about LB Performance’s work on the Ferrari 458 Italia

Source: Liberty Walk
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We’ll have to be completely honest with you, we are not too fond of the concept of upgrading Ferrari models in any way. They are masterpieces right from the factory, and by trying to change that, you run the risk of completely ruin that Ferrari look.

In the case of this Ferrari upgrade by Capristo, however, we feel the tuner did a pretty good job at revising the 458 Spider without changing a lot of the car’s elements. From the looks of things, all of the changes it made fit in well with the character of the 458, while making it look a little bit more aggressive.

Capristo wanted to give the 458 a look to match its 562-horsepower, V-8 engine, so it replaced the original engine cover, which doesn’t give you a good look at the mighty engine, and replaced it with one that features glass viewing pane and extra vents to more effectively draw the heat away from the engine compartment.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Spider by Capristo.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Despite the economic downturn in some parts of the world, there are just some brands that appear immune to these things. Ferrari is one of them and if its new prized beauty — the 458 Speciale — is any indication, it still has no problem selling out its models quickly.

According to a report by Australia’s Motoring, the Italian automaker has already closed the books for the entire production run of the 458 Speciale units in its first year. What that means is if you were planning to have your name added to the order books, you’re going to have to now wait at least a year to do it.

That news doesn’t really come as a surprise, especially for a car that pretty much is a better version of the 458 Italia . And that supercar has been selling remarkably well for Ferrari. It’s lighter, faster, and more powerful than any car Ferrari has ever built outside the F12Berlinetta and the LaFerrari .

So it figures that with these credentials, the 458 Speciale was going to attract tremendous attention, even if the price tag for a model hits at $300,000. That’s the price people pay for awesomeness, and apparently, there are more than enough people willing to hand over that amount for a chance to own a piece of Maranello’s finest.

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

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The British magazine EVO put head to head the recently launched Ferrari 458 Speciale , its base version the 458 Italia and its predecessor, the hardcore 430 Scuderia . All three cars were driven by Jethro Bovingdon, on a racetrack in the UK.

In terms of output figures it’s 605 horsepower (458 Speciale) vs. 570 horsepower (base 458 Italia) vs. 503 horsepower (430 Scuderia), so it appears that the 458 Speciale has a huge advantage on the racetrack, but we all know that it’s not all about horsepower on the racetrack. Check out the video to see what Jethro Bovingdon thinks of the three supercars and which one did best on the track.

As a reminder, the 458 Speciale is powered by the same 4.5-liter, V-8 powerplant from the base 458 Italia, but with the output increased to 605 horsepower and 398 pound-feet. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just only 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.

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With 570 horses under its hood, the Ferrari 458 Italia is ready to tackle just about any racetrack in the world. But, why not make it even more racetrack-ready with some updates specially developed for the track, just like the ones announced today by Racing One.

Racing One started off by tinkering around under the hood, where it tricked out the 4.5 liter, V-8 engine to deliver a total of 620 horsepower — a nice bump over the stock 562 ponies. The updated engine combines with variable traction control and a seven-speed racing gearbox with Getrag rocker switch that ensures the a stunning driving experience. The best part is that the new 458 Competition has a total weight of just 2,689 pounds, which is an unbelievable 1,246-pound drop from the stock model.

The new Ferrari 458 Competition is ready to take on any race in VLN or DMV competitions, or on a track day just for fun.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Competition by Racing One.

The launch of Ferrari’s Tailor Made personalization program has given way to some pretty interesting creations over the years.

Recently, the Italian automaker added another project to its list and this one pays homage to Formula One legend Niki Lauda. Thanks to the always-ingenious work by a personal designer from the Maranello Style Center, this Ferrari 458 Italia received the treat of a host of styling upgrades.

The red body of the supercar is accentuated by a white roof that features a longitudinal image of the Italian flag. Adding to the exterior touch is the new set of gold alloy wheels that brings out the unique look of the Lauda-inspired 458 Italia.

Inside, there are plenty more distinctive touches, highlighted by the Italian flag motif on both the seats and the center tunnel. Matching red stitching was also applied on numerous parts of the cabin, including the dashboard, the seats, the steering wheel and the instrument panel.

The program is impressive in a lot of ways, but one thing we noticed was the lack of details attributed to Lauda’s home country of Austria. It’s true that the Austrian racer won two of his three world championships with Ferrari, but a simple tribute to his homeland would’ve been pretty nice.

Other than that, there aren’t a whole lot of complaints coming from us with this 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition

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Today, DMC announced the first details on a new limited-edition project based on the Ferrari 458 Italia . Called "Estremo," this new tuning kit was specially designed for DMC’s first client in Tokyo, Japan. The kit includes the typical mods within its body kit, but it also lowers the 458 Italia ’s weight between 50 to 80 kilos (110 to 176 pounds) compared to the stock model.

The 458 Italia gets a new front fascia with extreme air channels for better cooling and some additional downforce. The side-vented hood helps drop the 458’s curb weight and give it a unique look. Down the sides, DMC adds new side skirts that give the Ferrari an aggressive look and allows the wind to flow down the side unimpeded. On the rear, the 458 gains a new fascia in carbon fiber and a massive wing for even more downforce.

Under the hood the V-8 engine was updated with an optimized Engine management, refined air-filter and professional exhaust system. As a result it delivers an extra 22 horsepower - up to 592 horsepower. This allows the 458 "Estremo" to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 206 mph.

The new 458 "Estremo" will be limited to only 15 units and every 3rd customer will get a Gold-Edition which features an extra body part - not revealed for now.

Click past the jump to see the Ferrari 458 "Estremo" Edizione by DMC in a little more detail.


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