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.
On the U.S. market, a standard Ferrari 458 Spider is priced at $257,000. So, why is this version priced at $459,900? The answer is simple: because it is the only Verde-Kers-Lucido 458 Spider in the U.S. and one of two in the world built up to this point.
What’s so special about this paint? To be honest with you nothing much, it is just the same green paint job applied to the Hy-Kers 599 hybrid test car unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
This particular model has only 967 miles on its ticker and comes with lots of carbon-fiber insertions on the interior. The model sits on 20-inch forged dark-painted rims wrapped in Michelin tires and features Scuderia Ferrari shields. Other standard equipment includes: a front wing in carbon fiber, rear molding also in carbon fiber and diamond stitching in Nero.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari 458 Spider.
When Ferrari launches a new-generation sports car on the market, everyone is well aware that they should expect at least three versions: a coupe, a spyder, and a Scuderia. We’ve already had our fill of the Ferrari 458 Italia Coupe and Spyder, but this new rendering of a Scuderia model got us thinking. What should we expect from Ferrari’s most fiery version of this aging model?
If this rendering from Milanno ArtWorks is any indication as to the design of the Scuderia, then we can expect a much more aggressive design illustrated by the sharp edges of the bumper followed by the sharp edge design of the front lights. Since the Scuderia name is synonymous with weight reduction, expect a weight loss similar to that of the 430 Scuderia, which lost about 220 pounds compared to the standard model. This will be done with a mostly aluminum body, since Ferrari has already made it clear that it would stick to this material rather than using carbon fiber, like the competition.
Power for the newest Scuderia monster may come from a turbocharged V-8 that will push out anywhere from 590 to 700 horsepower. At one point, Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said that a 458 Scuderia would not be produced because the 458 Italia was just so advanced, so if rumors are circulating that a Scuderia will follow, then we expect to see a power output that will blow our minds. The only problem is, we won’t see it until at least the end of 2013.
Update 5/21/2013: According to Car and Driver, the long-awaited 458 Scuderia could finally show its face in Frankfurt, rounding out the 458 family. Sources also told Car and Driver that the 458 Scuderia could be inspired by the 458 Challenge race cars, which run around the track with smaller waist lines than the standard 458 Italia.
As far as power goes, the direct-injected V-8 that will power the 458 Scuderia is expected to reach an output of about 600 horsepower, significantly more than the 562-horsepower output of the standard model. Tweaks to the engine, including recalibrated ECUs could be partly responsible for the performance spike. (Car and Driver)
Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari 458 Italia
The new package starts with a lowered suspension and features a new front section and rear styling details painted in black. The car sits on Monza forged alloy wheels finished in any desired color with black painted calipers peeking through the rims.
For the exterior, the tuner opted for a very nice Grigio Alloy paint and replaced the fabric roof with a new, folding hardtop. The roof folds in 14 seconds, and is 25 kg (55 pounds) lighter than the original top.
For the interior, the only update offered is the addition of a luxurious Nero trim. As usual, Kahn offers its clients the possibility to opt for any desired color, leather or any other imagined material.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari 458 Italia Spider.
Okay, if you grew up through the 1980s and 1990s – yes I am dating myself here – with The Price is Right, then you likely remember that most of the cars they gave away are essentially junk by today’s standards. We can all hear the late Rod Roddy saying “A brand new car; this 1985 Chevrolet Citation…” etcetera, etcetera. When we see these reruns today, we all laugh our tails off, but the contestants were more than happy to get their 1980s econo-crapboxes.
Fast-forward 20-plus years and now we have the once-famous-now-reduced-to-riding-Bob-Barker’s-coattail Drew Carey hosting the show and prizes are equally as modern as that 1985 Citation once was. Still, we never saw a super-cool car offered up by the Price is Right folks – until now. The car offered up as the grand prize for winning “Three Strikes” in the above video was a Ferrari 458 Italia – yeah, the $285k supercar.
Unfortunately for the lady that was playing for the prize, she was given the hook in short order, thanks to three quick strikes. Then again, maybe it was a blessing, considering the taxes alone on this supercar would be nearly $25,000.
Check out the video above to see the action. If you don’t want to wait through the entire video, you can skip to the good part at about the 3-minute mark.
Click past the jump to see some of the crappy cars The Price is Right has given away
But everything else, well, that’s a different story.
In an attempt to show off the Concept One to the wealthy market in the Middle East, Croatian automaker, Rimac, decided to show what exactly its electric supercar is capable of. We already know the numbers: 1,073 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, courtesy of four-in-wheel electric motors to go with a curb weight of 1,650 kg and a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 2.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 189 mph.
The Concept One’s capabilities were in full display after Rimac decided to pit it against the 458 Italia in a good ’ol drag race to see which car has the leg up over the other.
It must be said, though, that the 458 Italia’s 562 horses doesn’t come close to the numbers the Concept One can produce, but the whole point of the race, at least as far we’re concerned, is to show everyone with the money to spare - about $1 million, give or take - that the Concept One is worthy of all that dough.
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.
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.
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.