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.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are arguably two of the best racecar drivers in the world right now. So you can imagine just at-home they’d feel behind the wheel of a supercar like the Ferrari 458 Italia.

Well, it turns out, they’re a lot more confident in that seat than they are riding shotgun.

This video released by Ferrari, a marketing vid if there ever was one, features the two Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racers each getting his turn driving a 458 Italia with the other in the front passenger seat.

The video was shot at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona and if there’s a big takeaway we can get from seeing Alonso and Massa inside the Ferrari supercar, it’s that when you put them in a place where they’re most comfortable, you can see how genuinely human they can be. It’s a far cry from the serious nature of Formula One and to see both laugh, curse, and fear for their lives gives us a reminder that these two are all just like us.

The only difference is they get paid to do a job that most of us can only dream of.

Ferrari 458 Italia

Last year we heard the first rumors about a possible Ferrari 458 Monte Carlo sports car, and today, it has been announced that the Italian company has officially opened the ordering book for the new sports coupe. Ferrari also announced that the new model will be presented to selected clients in the second part of the summer, while a public debut will be made in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Deliveries will begin in early 2014.

The new 458 Monte Carlo will be built as a high-performance version of the 458 Italia and is rumored to deliver an extra 50 horsepower over the standard 458 Italia. Translated, this means we will see at least 620 horsepower under the hood, and when combined with a lighter car, improved suspensions and brakes you will definitely obtain a car ready to take on any race track out there.

Rumors suggest the new version will look a lot like the 458 Challenge race version and will feature a more aggressive exterior kit and a stripped-out interior. Other rumors suggest that the model will be in fact called Challenge Stradale, just like the old 360 model did.

More details will follow in the upcoming weeks.

Source: TeamSpeed

We all agree that the chance to see a Ferrari 458 Italia on the road next to you is pretty rare, but the guy who shot this video was even "luckier." He caught a 458 Italia indeed, but he saw something more!

He passed the Ferrari and, as you can imagine, the driver wasn’t very happy about it. The 458 Italia driver tried to push it on slippery roads, and lost control of his precious 458, smashing it into a wall in the process. The bad news is that the car suffered serious damages, but, as we can tell from the video, it looks like the driver was ok besides a bruised ego and a lighter wallet.

As a reminder, the 458 Italia is powered by a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower and it hits 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.

Easy question: how many time do you think you will have the chance to drive a drop-top Ferrari 458 and catch a McLaren P1 out for a test drive? Pretty much never. But Youtube user Shmee150 seems to be the only guy in the Universe with such an amazing luck.

The guy was out for a ride in a friend’s 458 Spider, when he spotted a McLaren P1 supercar. It is pretty easy to imagine that he has started to chase the P1 supercar and managed to shot this impressive video.

The problem is that when the P1 driver realized he was being chased he took his car back to the McLaren Technology Center. Unfortunately for him, he got stopped behind a broken down Peugeot on the roundabout outside, and Shmee150 used the opportunity to take some close shots of the next P1 supercar.

Vorsteiner is on their first upgrade for the Ferrari 458 Italia , but this latest one looks amazing. This time the tuner wanted to remain true to the heritage of this Ferrari beauty, but in the same time wanted to develop a program that will improve the vehicle’s performance and aesthetics.

For this latest program, Vorsteiner decided to include a new set of Vorsteiner VS-110 forged monoblock forged aluminum wheels in a one-piece design. The wheels are sized 20-by-8.5 inches up front and 20-by-11 inches at the rear and are painted in a gun metal finish with Ferrari center caps. What we like even more about this package is that stunning yellow paint that makes the 458 Italia looking even more stunning.

The tuner made no updates under the hood, but who needs them, right? With its 570-horsepower 4.5-liter V-8 engine, the 458 Italia can really easy go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and goes up a top speed of 202 mph.

Unfortunately the tuner did not reveal the prices for these upgrades, but we will have the details pretty soon.

Usually, Hennessey shows interests in American sports cars, but now the tuner is preparing to update the look and the output level of the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider . All the tuner currently announced for the Italian roadster is an HPE800 tuning kit that we know will deliver up to 800 horsepower, but you shouldn’t be very surprised to see an HPE1000 package – a 1,000-horsepower variant – announced for the 458 Spider.

A similar kit was announced for the McLaren MP4-12C and it included an upgraded intercooler system, air-intake system, and ball-bearing turbochargers, as well as ECU updates and, of course, a new Hennessey titanium exhaust system. So, we can expect a similar offering for the 458 Italia.

Of course, a series of exterior updates will also be offered, and they include a new hood with larger intercoolers, new front and rear bumpers and a new set of wheels. For the interior, we will see numerous carbon-fiber, Alcantara and leather updates.

Full details will be unveiled in the near future, so stay tuned!

Sure, this review comes over a year since we first saw the 458 Spider, but there is no doubt that it is the best we have seen! Chris Harris got the chance to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Spider and drove it "like a complete idiot." Sorry, his words, not ours! Translated, this means he pushed the car to its limits and beat it like it stole his last £10. The result? Well, watch for yourself and be the judge of that!

Maybe a spider version is not as stiff and responsive as the coupe - many people think that a Ferrari should always have a top - but that V-8 engine is nonetheless astounding.

With 570 horsepower under the hood, it seems like the Ferrari 458 is inviting you to push it to the limits and it looks like there is always room for more. Chris Harris was happy to oblige, as he pushed the 458 Italia Spider about as far as it could go.

Enjoy the video. We definitely did!

The Ferrari 458 Italia Spider had a pretty big 2012 and 2013 is starting out pretty quickly for the entry –level Ferrari, as Capristo has unveiled its first tuning kit of the year for said model. The tuner is quite famous here at TopSpeed and only last year we saw a sweet tuning kit offered for the Lamborghini Aventador .

As usual, changes the tuner is offering are not overwhelming, but they do add to the overall character of the 458 Italia. From factory, the 458 Italia comes with an aluminum roof to help keep its curb weight to a minimum and Capristo has additionally lowered the car’s weight by replacing the stock hood with a new one made in carbon-fiber unit that features lengthwise inlaid glass and additional vents for better engine cooling.

The price for this update is pretty high, and if you are interested you will have to pay about €9800 (about $12,850 at the current exchange rates). For the money, you will also get the hood painted in the color you desire.

Not too overly exciting, but a cool addition for an owner looking to save a few pounds.

On paper, a Mercedes SLS AMG and Ferrari 458 Italia look pretty mechanically identical. The German sports car is powered by a 6.3-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower, and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 197 mph. Its Italian competitor, on the other hand, gets a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that delivers the same 570 horsepower, but it is a little bit faster — 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.

These numbers seem pretty close, but when you put them face to face on a race track you’ll find out that they are not so identical. The test drive in the above video shows you just how unfair the competition between these supercars really is. You might be surprised just how much more effectively one uses its power over the other.

So, which one is faster? You’ll have to check out the video to find out.

We couldn’t end the year without a new tuning kit offered for the Ferrari 458 Italia . That’s like ending the year without fireworks. For the last time in 2012, a new tuner, one based in Dubai called Different Car, has produced a pretty cool body kit for the Italian supercar. In fact, this thing shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone considering Arabs like to take their cars to the extreme.

The entire body kit is made from carbon fiber and includes a new front bumper with two sharp corners that offers the car’s front a completely different look. The package continues with bigger air intakes, a big diffuser and vertical panels. Finally, the kit ends with a new rear spoiler that provides the car an even more aggressive look.

No changes were made under the hood, but the standard V8 engine is quite enough for the sports car, one that delivers a total of 570 horsepower at 9000 RPM, allowing the car to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of up to 202 MPH.

Source: Autogespot

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