When it comes to aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications, SR Auto Group is one of the premier aftermarket companies for the job. Time and again, these boys come out with something spectacular, and their latest project adds even more truth to what is becoming a growing sentiment in the industry.
The project is called Ice Blade and it’s a program for the mighty Italian supercar, the Ferrari 458 Italia. SR Auto Group describes it s a program that’s "vivid, adventurous, and simply brilliant."
With the help and use of a Novitec Rosso body kit, SR Auto Group was able to turn its evolutionary idea into reality. The creation of this bold and unique program begins with Novitec Rosso carbon fiber body kit, which includes new components like the front splitter, side skirts, door handles, mirrors, a rear spoiler, and a rear diffuser that flows effortlessly into the pure white exterior, creating a look that speaks to the car’s Ice Blade nickname.
From there, SR Auto Group fitted the 458 Italia with a new set of 21" and 22" PUR 4OUR DEPTH wheels that carry their own nickname: DaVinci Red.
For a car that really doesn’t need a nickname to give it even more swag, the Ferrari 458 Italia does look a whole lot better as the Ice Blade.
Par for the course for the people behind this stunning program.
The Stelvio Pass is believed to be one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Located in the Italian Alps, this curved road attracts thousands of motorists every year, including the guys over at Car And Driver who recently took a Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder. The car was driven by Jethro Bovingdon - Car and Driver’s European correspondent - who was able to drop the top of the Spyder and experience the thrill of the ride.
As a reminder, the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder is powered by a 4.5 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 570 HP. This setup gets the sports car from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph. The engine also delivers an outstanding power output of 127 HP/liter and 120 Nm/liter and only 307 g/km of CO2 with a fuel consumption of just 13.3 l/100 km.
The Top Marques Monaco is without question one of the most important dates on the tuning calendar, particularly because of the location it’s held at every year. Nothing speaks more to millionaires throwing their money around than Monte Carlo, and some of the best tuners use that platform to show off their latest programs.
Now that the 2012 Top Marques Monaco has come and gone, we can definitely say that the tuners in attendance gave us programs that were for the books. One in particular was Mansory, which only recently wowed us at Geneva with not one, not two, not three, but four programs for some of the finest exotics in the land.
For their Monaco offering, the Swiss tuner brought their very first program for the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder, appropriately called "Monaco."
As you can expect, Mansory did some serious bodywork upgrades on the 458 Italia Spyder, complete with a body kit that’s made out of carbon fiber. The kit includes a restyled front apron with air inlets for the front coolers, a new bonnet, side skirts with integrated ducts, a rear skirt with an integrated diffuser, carbon blades that replace the rear window, and a rear wing. All told, the carbon fiber components shaved of 60 kg (132 lbs) from the supercar’s overall weight.
Under the hood of the Italian stallion, Mansory reprogrammed the ECU, the sports air filter, and the sport exhaust, translating to an increased output of 590 horsepower and 413 lb/ft of torque with a 0-62 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.
UPDATE 07/10/2012: Youtube user, Marchettino, was able to film the Mansory 458 Italia Monaco at an undisclosed auto show in France, providing a more in-depth look at the modified supercar. Check it out after the jump!
Check out videos of the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder Monaco by Mansory after the jump!
Graf Weckerle has the market almost covered when it comes to class and elegance in their tuning packages. Not only do they choose the most high end vehicles to dress up, but they also make sure the color scheme is posh and the wheels are exclusively fabulous. After working on Audi’s, Aston Martin’s, and their first Ferrari, Graf Weckerle has chosen to revisit the 458 Italia to provide customers with a second option of exquisiteness.
This second look at the Ferrari 458 Italia leaves behind the purity of the white exterior paint finish behind and moves towards a more decadent black exterior. The only problem we have with this is that we expected more than the 40 HP increase the white Ferrari was given. Instead, the black Graf Weckerle Ferrari has only been given a 20 HP bump from the ECU modifications done to the 4.5L V8 engine, from 570 HP to 590 HP, but has also been provided with a lowered suspension.
The pièce de résistance in every Graf Weckerle project are the wheels. The tuner has replaced the standard wheels with a new set sized 21" at the front and 22" at the rear. The wheels are in a five-spoke design, but this time, they do not feature that eye-catching Fleur de Lis ornament we saw in the previous package.
Most of you know Gordon Ramsay as an amazing Scottish chef. But, how many of you did you knew that he is also a Ferrari owner for many years? And now he finally got the chance to visit the Ferrari plant in Maranello. A special day for Ramsay, who went around all the production facilities and was truly impressed by the working environment in Ferrari.
Also, a very special day for Ferrari’s employees who could not believe their eyes either, and warmly welcomed Gordon asking for autographs and photos.
"You can feel the passion of the people working here – he said – it’s incredible, I couldn’t imagine such a place: bellissimo!"
His visit included Ferrari’s Tailor Made and the Atelier, where Gordon Ramsay met Amedeo Felisa and the Ferrari’s CEO, who showed him the newborn F12berlinetta. A car by which he was really impressed. At the end he was taken by test driver Raffaele de Simone to the Fiorano circuit to enjoy the F12berlinetta and he got behind the wheel of the 458 Italia.
Ferrari came at this year’s Goodwood Festival of speed with two amazing cars: the 2009 single-seater, the F60 and the 458 Italia Spider. The F60 was driven by Marc Gené who seems to be pretty impressed about it, but also about the event: "The track is extremely narrow, so it feels quite fast even though we are only doing 156 mph. We have brought the car here because it won in 2009 and we like to bring F1 to the fans here in England. The Festival of Speed is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – events in the world."
The second video features the 458 Italia Spider. You will see it while climbing the famous 1.16 miles long hill.
There are also several fine classic Ferrari on display at the Festival of Speed, including Nick Mason’s very rare 250 MM from 1953, the ex-Carrera Panamerica car and the classic 250 GTO.
Hit the jump to watch the 458 Spider in action at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Full story
On the US market, a 458 Italia is priced at $220,000 - a reasonable price considering it’s a 570 HP Ferrari model. Now the question is: would you pay $870,000 for a special edition 458 Italia?
The car is question is the 458 Italia China Edition, which only received an extra golden dragon on the front bonnet, the title of being a "special edition," and a limited run of 20 units. Ferrari then had the gall to price it at 5.588 million yuan, or 700,000 euro, or $870,000. That adds up to a roughly $650,000 addition to the final price. With such a high markup, that dragon better be real, flame shooting and all.
Now here’s the real question. Is Ferrari trying to make its customers pay for their "little" mistake of using a 458 Italia China for a stunt on the Zhonghua Gate Tower in Nanjing that resulted in an insult to the Chinese culture? We hope not, because up-charging them on a car with little to no modifications may just add insult to injury.
We’re thinking that Azfal Kahn and his people at Kahn Design needed a little break from all the Range Rover programs they’ve been releasing for the past couple of months.
What better way to take on a fresh project than by presenting a new styling program for the Ferrari 458 Italia.
In developing the new modifications for the Italian super car, Kahn Design went for an aerodynamic body kit that features new front and rear bumper sections, both of which have been finished in a matte pearl gray finish. The program also consists of a rear diffuser, side skirts, and even a roof that also carries the same matte pearl gray paint finish. Rounding out the upgrades are a new set of 21" and 22" forged alloy wheels that come with the same - you guessed it - matte pearl gray shade. The new wheels are then complemented by new ceramic brakes and yellow brake calipers.
As for the interior, Kahn has always allowed its customers to customize the cabin of their own vehicles, although the British tuner did say that this particular program will have black Daytona leather electric sports seats.
For a company that prides itself on having cars with insane amounts of horsepower, not to mention having a horse on their world famous logo, we couldn’t help but smell at the irony after watching this video.
The scene is Shanghai, China and what looks like just another regular day turned bizarre after a Ferrari 458 Italia was kicked in the side bumper by...wait for it...a horse.
Apparently, the 458 Italia and the Lamborghini Aventador behind it were taking a lovely cruise on a street near the Shanghai World Expo Center when it came across a local horse riding club. One of the horses that was near the 458 Italia inexplicably walked towards it, turned its back, and delivered a walloping kick to the Italian super car. Reason being? Nobody knows.
Fortunately, the damage was limited to some dents and scratches, which should keep the repair tab from skyrocketing through the roof. At the very least, the unfortunate owner of the 458 Italia will have a pretty interesting story to tell about his super car’s brush with an actual horse.
"How’d you get that ding on the 458 Italia?"
"It was kicked by a horse."
True story, indeed.
While Ferrari models are generally cars we don’t like to see get any updates, the 458 Italia has received a ton of tuning packages since its official debut. The latest package has been announced by Vorsteiner and is called the 458-V. With this new package, the tuner wanted to enhance the car’s looks and performance with impressive aerodynamic components.
The new 458-V package starts with an add-on front spoiler, a new rear deck lid spoiler, and a rear diffuser with extended aero fins. All of these elements were built from pre-preg carbon fiber and maintain the balance from the additional downforce the car has received.
Next to the aerodynamic package, the tuner is also offering new
forged aluminum wheels, size 20 to 21, painted to the clients’ desired finish. The tuner hasn’t offered any details just yet on any changes provided for the 458 Italia’s engine, but as soon as they are released, we will pass them along.