2010 Ferrari 458 Italia
Ferrari 458 Italia
Transmission:7-speed Automated Manual
Horsepower @ RPM:562 @ 9,000
Torque @ RPM:398 @ 6,000
0-60 time:3.4 sec.
Top Speed:201 mph
Stop the press! Ferrari has officially unveiled the 458 Italia, the long awaited successor for the mid-engine Ferrari F430, and the design is leaving our editorial staff speechless! The super car looks impressive from any angle as it has a design that has never been seen before on a Ferrari model. The high performance sports car comes complete with a new engine, improved aerodynamics, upgraded handling, and improved instrumentation and ergonomics inside the cabin.
The wedge shaped body was penned by Pininfarina, while the interior was left up to the work of Donato Coco, Ferrari’s Chief Designer. While you might say that the exterior is more or less based on the traditional Ferrari lines, there are also a few revolutionary new ones, all intended to improve the car’s aerodynamics. The front end features a single wide mouth opening to let a specific amount of air in paired with a vent on either front fender. Out back there are a pair of large ducts just before the taillights, all designed with aerodynamic contours and partitions that direct air directly into the radiators and away from the new flat underbody. The nose also sports small aeroelastic winglets which generate downforce and, as speed rises, deform to reduce the section of the radiator inlets and reduce drag.
Under the hood Ferrari has placed a 4.5 Liter V8 engine equipped with the traditional Ferrari flat crankshaft that gives the mid-engine sports cars their signature top end bark. The unit produces 570 HP at a rather high 9000 RPM which gives the future super car a power output of 127 HP/Liter. Weighing in at only 3,042 pounds, the new Ferrari will rocket from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.4 seconds and won’t stop until it hits a top speed of 202 MPH.
The base price for Ferrari’s new supercar is £169,545 – or around $275,000 in the latest exchange rates. And that’s just a ‘simple’ version of the 458. Should you wish to put more add-ons to the supercar, then you’re more than likely to hit the £200,000 mark - $325,000 – which, if you must know is well in reach of the selling price for a 612 Scaglietti.
But hey, if you have that kind of money, who’s to keep you from spending a few thousand more on some pretty nice extra features like steering wheel-mounted LEDs, electric seats, an alcantara trunk lining, and, of course, an additional wheel or two.
After all, nobody ever said that the price for owning a Ferrari comes cheap.
UPDATE 04/27/2011: Ferrari has unveiled a new video in which they explain the racing cockpit of the 458 Italia. The video will teach you how to perform the adjustments and explains the commands’ ergonomics. Okay, so this may not be all that interesting unless you own a 458 Italia, but watch it anyway. You may learn a little something.
UPDATE 07/29/2011: Ferrari has unveiled a new video in which they explain how the 458 Italia’s engine is being built. Hit the jump and enjoy 11 minutes of high technology!
UPDATE 08/12/2011: Ferrari has unveiled a new video in which they explain the process of building the aluminum body and frame of the 458 Italia.
More details on the Ferrari 458 Italia after the jump.
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This is Why You Shouldn’t Own a Ferrari 458 if You Live in Manhattan
A Ferrari 458 owner in Manhattan found his beloved supercar with its door bashed in and side-view mirror missing after dropping it off at a parking garage in Tribeca. The man, identified as Mark Rosen, ended up paying $19,500 for the damages, but he’s looking to recoup that amount after filing a lawsuit against City Parking LLC. According to Rosen, the parking company located on the ground floor of his building initially agreed to foot the bill before it realized how much it would cost. In a not-so-surprising twist, Rosen sold his repaired 458 Italia to a dealer in exchange for $207,000 in credit.
Is Ferrari Working On a Hybrid Sports Car?
A Ferrari test mule sporting the face of the Ferrari 458 was captured on video under the power of what appears to be (or sounds like) a hybrid-based powertrain. The video, which showed up on YouTube last July, has been thrust back into the spotlight because of the unusual configuration. At the very least, there are a number of clues on the car that points to what Ferrari is doing, specifically developing hybrid technology for use on one — or more — of its future cars.
London Police Seize a Ferrari 458 Aperta Over Lack of Insurance
There’s nothing fun about seeing a supercar getting loaded onto a tow truck. It’s even less fun when the said supercar is yours. A man in the U.K. found that out the hard way when his Ferrari 458 Special Aperta was seized and towed away in London because the car wasn’t insured. The incident predictably caused a commotion as stunned onlookers captured video of the limited edition Ferrari getting whisked away to God-knows-where.
Valet Gives Ferrari Keys to the Wrong Person but Does That Diminish the Car’s Value?
Just when you thought your Ferrari 458 Italia Spider would be safe in the hands of a valet, guess again. An owner of the luxury Ferrari found that out the hard way when a valet at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club gave the keys to his prized supercar to another person last summer. Now, the real owner of the car, 73-year-old James “Skip” Fowler, is suing the resort and its parking operator, 717 Parking Enterprises. Given the tale of this unusual caper, we don’t blame Fowler for the lawsuit.
Ferrari unveiled the 458 Italia in 2010, then followed that up with the more precise and track-ready 458 Speciale in 2014. As is the tradition with all modern mid-engined Ferraris, Maranello creates a great car, then a year or two later it chops the top off of it to create a roadster version. We knew it was coming, but now the convertible version of the Ferrari 458 Speciale is here, and it’s calling it the “A."
It may be a silly name, but that A stands for Aperta, the Italian word for open. This is also more than a simple roofless version of the 458 Speciale; the Speciale A features the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 the company has ever used in a spider. Compared to the old 458 Spider, this new machine is faster and more powerful, and Ferrari was even able to keep the weight down. This new car only weighs 50 kg (110 pounds) more than its hard-top sibling.
If you want one, you need to get your order in yesterday. Ferrari is limiting this new car to just 499 units. We don’t know how many of those are slated for U.S. consumption, but rest assured it won’t be a lot. If you are undecided about taking home one of these beauties, hit that jump and read our full overview of this incredible new Italian convertible.
Updated 08/18/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.
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It Took Justin Bieber Three Weeks to Find his Misplaced Blue Ferrari 458
If you’re somebody like Justin Bieber, your life is probably hectic enough as it is. But to misplace your car after a night out on the town? Clearly, that doesn’t happen to anyone, right? Right? Wrong, because somehow, it happened to the Canadian pop star, who, according to multiple reports, lost his customized neon blue Ferrari 458 Italia when he forgot where he parked the car. It’s a case that will make the Hardy Boys proud.
Fortunately, the car has since been found, but only after an assistant took three weeks to track it down at the parking garage of the upscale Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills where Beiber left it in the care of valets before hitting the Hollywood club scene.
“She was in a real state of panic and almost cried with relief when we told her the Ferrari was safe in a covered spot here,” a member of the hotel’s valet team told the Daily Star. “Celebrities will leave one of their vehicles with us in between stays so it’s ready for them to use as soon as they check-in. We all assumed Justin had done that.”
According to the British newspaper, the Biebs parked the 458 Italia and proceeded to forget where he left it once his night of revelry was done. Not that it matters now, but Bieber must have had a lot of fun during that night out for him to completely forget where he left a car that costs $240,000.
Then again, it’s not like Bieber’s going to miss out on losing a Ferrari, especially when you consider that he’s worth $200 million to begin with. For him, replacing a Ferrari is the equivalent of us replacing a light bulb so unless that 458 Italia has some sentimental value to him, he probably could’ve bought one – or 10 – the next day. Besides, the 22-year-old has his own Ferrari LaFerrari, which is five times more expensive than the 458 Italia, not to mention a steady stream of Lamborghinis, an Audi R8, a Porsche 911 Turbo, a chromed up Fisker Karma, and whatever other cars he has in his garage.
All’s well that ends well though because the neon blue Ferrari 458 Italia found its way back to its owner. Maybe next time the Biebs can leave the Ferrari at home and just hail an Uber or Lyft the next time he goes out to paint the town red. And since he’s in California, he might have an option of having his future autonomous cars drive him to his hotspots and just come pick him up when he’s had too much fun again. Autonomous driving, Justin! That’s the future!
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It wasn’t that long ago that I brought you news about Honda purchasing a Porsche 911 GT3 and the funny message Porsche left in its engine bay after a recall was performed. Now more news is surfacing via Autocar that says Acura also bought a Ferrari 458 Italia. You might think that the car’s successor, the 488 GTB, would be a better candidate for benchmarking purposes, but the 458 stayed at the top of the charts for a long time.
So, Acura must have felt it could learn something from the now discontinued supercar, but what Acura did after it was done with the 458 isn’t going to sit well with Ferrari. Apparently, a company inside has told Autocar that once Acura engineers were done, they cut the car into pieces and tossed it into the dumpsters at Acura’s research and development lab in Japan. Really?
So, a car as great as the 458 Italia, was cut up and thrown out for Otto the garbage man. Seems pretty wild, doesn’t it? The question is whether Acura just didn’t want to deal with auctioning the car off or whether the engineers thought the car was crap and gave it a suitable death. Either way, once Ferrari gets word of this, people in the upper offices are going to lose their minds – we all know how sensitive and arrogant Ferrari is about its cars.
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2016 Ferrari 458 MM Speciale
Launched in 2013, the Ferrari 458 Speciale became the range-topping version of the 458 Italia and replaced the 430 Scuderia in the company’s entry-level sports car lineup. The Speciale name added a revised aerodynamic package with active elements designed by Ferrari Styling Center in cooperation with Pininfarina, a more exclusive interior, and a more powerful V-8 engine that gained 34 horses over the standard 458 Italia. At the time of its unveiling, the 458 Speciale was the quickest V-8-powered Ferrari in the lineup, being only a half-second slower than the F12berlinetta on the company’s Fiorano test track.
Although it was discontinued in 2015 when Maranello replaced the 458 Italia with the 488 GTB, Ferrari completed this specific model in 2016. Dubbed the MM Speciale, it sports a custom body that borrows many features from the newer 488 GTB, as well as a number of exclusive elements inside and out. The vehicle is unique, was built for a British buyers, and unveiled at the Fiorano circuit in the hands of Ferrari chief test driver Dario Benuzzi.
Although its not faster or more powerful than the 458 Speciale it is based on, the MM Speciale is the most radical road-going version of the 458 Italia ever launched. Keep reading to find out what makes it special.
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The winter holidays have come and gone, and before you know it, the roads will look a whole lot more inviting. Now is the time to start planning that epic road trip that’s been swimming around in the back of your brain, and if you’re looking for inspiration, just hit play. Chronicling a six-day journey across the western U.S., this ten-and-a-half minute video features a nice mix of sports cars enjoying incredible scenery via winding ribbons of tarmac. This is driving nirvana.
Adventure Drives was responsible for organizing the event, offering participants a departure from the craziness of rallies like the Gumball and Bullrun. Instead, AD focuses on actually enjoying the journey, without the bravado of who got the biggest speeding ticket.
The video starts in Denver and ends in Napa Valley, bouncing between Telluride, Park City, Zion National Park, Las Vegas, Death Valley, and Mammoth Lakes along the way. The caravan is made up of the usual suspects, such as exotics from Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Porsche, but the roster also includes more accessible machines, like a Subaru BRZ, Audi A5 Cabriolet, and a first-gen Acura NSX.
There are plenty of videos out there showcasing the world’s great driving roads, but watching this, you realize you don’t need a passport to enjoy them. So – what are you doing this summer?
If you’ve ever taken a car to the track, regardless of what it is, you know that there is nothing better than those few minutes of negotiating turns and heavy acceleration. When it comes to track life, even someone taking out a BMW 2 Series or a slightly modified Honda Civic Si is lucky in my book. For those few minutes you’re focused on only one thing: your car and the track ahead.
In this video, I’ll go so far as to say the driver and passenger are extremely lucky. That’s not an understatement when you consider they are cruising around Monza in a Ferrari 458 Speciale. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone with a 458 Speciale, and Monza isn’t exactly around the corner from my house either. Even still, I got to enjoy a few minutes at the track as I turned up my speakers and took the passenger’s place in the video.
That’s right – the passenger was nice enough to record the trip. And, I must say, the sound is absolutely amazing. Of course, I can tell the difference between a Ferrari seat and a computer chair, but it never hurts to pretend sometimes. That said, turn up your volume, hit play and maximize the screen. Enjoy the video!
I suppose it’s fair to say that the Middle East has one of the most incredible collection of law enforcement vehicles. The Dubai Police Fleet, for example, has quite the number of exotic police vehicles. It has a Bugatti Veyron, Mercedes SLS AMG, Nissan GT-R, Bentley Continental, and a Mercedes G63 AMG to call on. For its part, the Abu Dhabi Police has its own troop of high-priced, law-enforcement vehicles, including a Chevrolet Camaro SS, Rolls-Royce Phantom and the $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport.
Let that serve as a warning for anyone who may want to break the law in these places. In the event that somebody finds himself in a car chase in Abu Dhabi, he better be prepared for the level of dedication the Abu Dhabi Police has in making sure that nobody can run roughshod on the streets of the city without getting arrested. The driver of this Ferrari 458 found that out the hard way. Sure he was able to outrun the police force’s regular fleet of Fords and Volkswagens, but once it got down to business, the GT-R came into the picture to make it an even fight. In the end, we all see how the car chase turns out. Even though this video is just the equivalent of a public service announcement, it’s a pretty effective one that showcases how formidable the Abu Dhabi Police is.
Again, if anybody’s going to be a little cavalier on the road while driving a supercar,make sure it’s not in Abu Dhabi.
Having grown up in a family that went from the clenches of poverty to upper middle class, thanks to the hard work of my dad, I have learned to appreciate everything I have. With these values firmly installed in my cranium, It’s little punks like this son of a Swiss millionaire, who torched his Ferrari just to get a new one, that make me want to gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon.
After learning that he couldn’t straight-up trade his 458 Italia in on a car that better suited him, the dealership that he was attempting to do the deal with allegedly suggested filing a fraudulent insurance claim. Instead of brushing off the idea like a normal human being would and just dealing with the misery of driving a three-year-old Ferrari, this entitled teen hired two friends for 15,000 Francs (about $15,000) each to set the prancing horse ablaze while he frequented a local massage parlor.
Fortunately, the kid didn’t get away with his dirty deed thanks to nearby security cameras, and the cops tossed him into jail shortly after. As with just about any rich kid, he didn’t spend too long in jail, as apparently daddy dearest bailed him out to the tune of 215,000 Francs ($217,500). He will, however, have to do 22 months of probation and pay a fine of 32,000 Francs ($32,000).
Now for the salt in the wound of this story. This kid gets anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 Francs ($5,000 to $10,000) from his father every month, has 27 million Francs in real estate that his father gave him, and has 15 cars – one of which is a Lambo – all purchased by his dad. If this isn’t a PSA for how to not spoil your kids, then I don’t know what is.
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Fast Porsche 911s used to be pretty good on-paper rivals for mid-engine V-8 Ferraris. Somewhere along the way that changed when V-8 Ferraris started getting faster and much more expensive, and Porsche continued to keep the GT3 and Turbo 911 in the realm of the attainable — relatively speaking. But, that doesn’t mean comparing the two isn’t a ridiculously fun way to spend an afternoon.
Fifth Gear put ex-racer-turned-television-host Tiff Needell behind the wheel of a 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale and noted tire destroyer Chris Harris in a 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 and set them both loose at England’s Castle Comb Circuit for a knockdown drag-out battle for Italo-German supremacy.
Both cars are faster, more-hardcore variants of the models on which they’re based. The 458 Italia-based Speciale’s high-strung 4.5-liter V-8 produces 596 horsepower at a manic 9,000 rpm. It’s also an entire 200 pounds lighter than the Italia and features an active aerodynamics system that channels air through or around the car, depending on downforce needs.
The GT3 finds itself at somewhat of a disadvantage in face of the Ferrari’s power and tech, but it’s not exactly slow, either. Its 3.8-liter flat six produces 475 horsepower and it weighs a scant 3,153 pounds. Both figures are inferior to that of the Italian car’s, but the 911’s trick rear-wheel steering system endows it with both astounding high-speed stability and low-speed agility. Plus, at about $130,000, it’s less than half what the Speciale costs.
Place your bets, and check out Tiff ’s yodeling skills at 1:50. Seriously, I’ve never seen a car elicit those sorts of mouth noises from anyone.
Nice work if you can get it, huh?
If you ever needed any indication of how much safety has improved in race cars over the years, just check out this spectacular crash that recently took place at Road America. During the fourth round of the CCR Forza Tifosi Challenge racing series, two drivers (Jim Booth and Steve Hill) were battling hard for position, when Hill’s No. 33 Ferrari F430 made contact with Booth’s No. 13 Ferrari 458 Italia with frightening results.
The collision came as the two drivers raced toward the track’s turn 5 at speeds in excess of 150 mph, and the No. 13 clips the front end of Booth’s car, getting it airborne for about 400 feet before making contact with the catch fence. Now, the racing series “forbids car-to-car contact,” so it was very likely that it was an honest mistake. It’s amazing that even with the sheer violence of this impact with the catch fence, Booth was able to get out and walk away on his ow,n only suffering minor injuries.
Perhaps equally impressive as the safety of both the car and the track is the ruggedness of the cameras mounted on the outside of Booth’s Ferrari. According to the video poster, the footage was shot using a GoPro Hero 4, and this could easily be a commercial for the strength of these cameras. Not only is the collision caught from numerous angles, but the rear-facing camera on Booth’s car actually stays in place while the front-mounted camera skips down the track continuing to record the devastation.
Stay safe out there, and always check your blind spots!
Few could argue against the superb qualities of Ferrari’s naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V-8 (especially when judged alongside its turbocharged, jimmy-rustling replacement), and now, NA fanboys can point to the 2015 International Engine of the Year Awards as further proof of its excellence.
Picking winners for the annual awards was a panel of motoring journalists from over 30 nations, who judged each shortlisted powerplant on personal driving impressions, technical specifications, fuel economy, smoothness, performance, sound and drivability.
This year, Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 took home two awards, including Performance Engine of the Year and best-in-class for the Above 4-liter category.
This isn’t the first time the engine has been awarded such accolades – it also won the same two awards in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Interrupting a clean five-year streak was the naturally aspirated, 740-horsepower 6.3-liter V-12 in the 2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta, which took home the same two awards in 2013 (the V-8 came in second).
Vittorio Dini, Ferrari’s powertrain department head, had this to say: “For our team, winning both these titles for the fourth time is a crowning achievement that testifies to the world-class performance of our naturally aspirated V-8 engine family.”
Other winners at this year’s awards include Ford’s 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder (which won the best-in-class Under-1.0-liter category for the fourth time), Tesla’s pure electric powertrain (Best Green Engine), and BMW’s turbo 1.5-liter three-cylinder hybrid (Best New Engine, best-in-class 1.4-1.8-liter, and the top-honor International Engine of the Year).
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The 458 Speciale Aperta has a lot of exceptional traits going for it. Not only is it gorgeous to look at and blazingly quick to drive, it’s also got one helluva engine. Mounted just behind the cabin space is a 4.5-liter flat-crank V-8 that produces 597 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, all without the benefit of forced induction. No snails on the exhaust manifold means it’ll rev all the up to 9,000 rpm, producing one of the loveliest exhaust notes to come from Maranello along the way.
Limited to just 499 units, this drop-top two-door is the most powerful NA V-8-motivated spider variant that Ferrari has ever produced, making it a rather rare find. Thankfully, the owner of this particular 458 Speciale Aperta saw fit to use the sports car properly, pitting it in a series of drag races against other high-end performance vehicles.
Going head-to-head from a dig with the stripey prancing horse, you’ll find a BMW i8, an Audi RS 4 Avant, a Nissan GT-R, and a Mk. IV Toyota Supra. By the look and sound of some of these cars, it’s pretty clear that there’s a bit extra lying under the hood, which comes in handy when challenging the Ferrari’s 0-to-60 time of less than three seconds.
After the races, there’s a brief taste of that sonorous Italian powerplant as it revs at a standstill with the camera parked just a few feet behind the dual exhaust. What do you think – is this proof of the 488’s inherent turbocharged inferiority?
This video starts off as a look at a new set of wheels by R3 Wheels that have been fitted to a Ferrari 458 Speciale. We’re told a little bit about the wheels, and shown the car, which is wearing a Marlboro-inspired livery. The reviewer then takes it out onto the streets of Monaco and the theme of the video seems to shift from showing off the wheels to showing off the car’s FI exhaust system, which admittedly sounds pretty impressive.
He drives around on a mountain road for a bit first, as a means of showing off the different sounds the exhaust makes throughout the rev range, and then does a bit of city driving as well. The city driving includes a nighttime stop to show off the car’s ability to shoot flames to some locals. It doesn’t tells us much more about the wheels, but watching someone talk about wheels for four and half minutes would have been exceedingly tedious anyway. There is an Audi R8 in the video as well, also wearing some R3 wheels. These have been made to look like some of the racing wheels that Audi used to use in the 80s, but whether they look right on an R8 is your call.
What is the right car for driving in Dubai? With the city’s brand new and butter-smooth roads, there isn’t really any wrong answer to that question, as you’ll be comfortable in anything. But it is only new, exotic and very expensive cars which really fit in with the architecture of Dubai, and that is what the folks at /Drive chose to take with them on their trip. Though the Ferrari 458 Speciale, Porsche 918 Spyder and Aston Martin V12 Vantage S are all very impressive, the video isn’t really much of a review of them. In fact, you’ll get more facts figures about Dubai from this than you will about the cars.
The video is more about how much fun it is to drive a supercar in UAE, and it does look like a blast. Most significant is the winding mountain road that they take toward the end. It’s a fantastic bit of driving with an amazing view, up there with the best driving roads in the world — in stark contrast to the highway they take to Abu Dhabi earlier, nicknamed the Highway of Death. Matt Farah chooses not to drive an Aston Martin over a mountain on a dirt road. Probably wise.
On the cusp of signing a new three-year deal with the BBC, James May decided to celebrate by purchasing a brand new Ferrari 458 Speciale. It would be a joyous thing, a chance to revel in the thrill he found co-presenting the world’s most popular motoring program, enabled by that very series to spend a bit extra to get a car that was uniquely his. There was just one problem. Soon after singing all the papers, his compatriot allegedly punched a producer and he was soon out of a job.
That’s the story presented in a recent column May wrote for the UK-based publication The Sunday Times, entitled “I’ve ordered the last one – all I need is a job to pay for it.”
After the three-year deal was up, May says he and his two TG compatriots "would definitely chuck it in with dignity and hand the reins to a new generation, assuming we were still alive."
Now, however, his fate is unknown: “The three of us may be reunited on screen, we may go our separate ways, or we may disappear from the television altogether and each assume a place, alone, in the corner of a pub where any unsuspecting passing drinker who strays into an exclusion zone studiously avoided by the locals will be subjected to a predictable ‘I used to be on TV’ routine.”
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The Ferrari 488 GTB may have arrived to replace the 458 Italia, but the new turbocharged supercar isn’t quite as exciting as the 458 Speciale. Although it’s 67 horsepower less powerful than the 488 GTB, its active aerodynamics and revised bodywork allow the Speciale to be as fast. It’s the closest thing you can buy to a race-spec 458, and that’s what makes the Speciale the top entry-level Ferrari. And with its 488 GTB-based replacement using a turbo V-8 instead of the traditional naturally aspirated V-8, the Speciale is bound to become a collectible in a few years.
In the meantime, it continues to turn heads and provide eargasms every time it hits the streets or supercar events. The example in the video above did just that at the 2015 Top Marques in Monaco with help from a Frequency Intelligent exhaust system, which not only increase power and torque, but also takes the car’s exhaust note to racing levels. Making this 458 Speciale that much more special are the custom R3 wheels and the red-and-white livery resembling the "Marlboro" paint schemes used by historic Ferrari F1 cars. Hit play to watch it in action and while you’re at it, make sure you notice the Audi R8 behind it, wearing a tribute livery to the 90 IMSA GTO race car of the early 1990s.
Illegal supercar street racing is a relatively recent phenomenon in China, yet there are already a few known hotspots for the activity. One of these is the Datun Lu tunnel, near Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing. This was the sight of what looks to have been a pretty violent crash involving a Ferrari 458 Spider and a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, although thankfully no one was seriously injured.
The tunnel is apparently used frequently for this sort of thing because it’s virtually deserted late at night, is well lit and is new enough that the pavement is nice and smooth. The participants were members of the local Sport Car Club (SCC), and friends of the two drivers were on the scene immediately to offer help. The whole thing started when the Ferrari hit the wall on its way into the tunnel and spun out. The Lamborghini was right behind and when it swerved to avoid the Ferrari, it hit the barrier instead. Police are working out who owns the cars, who was in them and whether or not they were actually speeding at the time, or if it just looks that way from the wreckage.
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When it was announced that the successor to the epic Ferrari 458, the 488 GTB, would be receiving a turbocharged V-8 powerplant, the collective groan from enthusiasts reached wind speeds that approached those of hurricanes. Never mind the fact that it was faster, more efficient, and more powerful than the 458, and just as pretty to look at. The addition of forced induction to its 3.9-liter V-8 meant two very important things for the purists: slightly duller throttle response, and an altered exhaust note.
Turbo technology is so good nowadays, that first point is a bit flimsy, in my opinion. However, the second point is unarguable. Some people are hooked to that iconic Ferrari wail. It’s the kind of sound that makes you think there’s an unknown wild animal trapped just behind the cabin. And after watching this video, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Filmed on the famously glamorous streets of Monaco, we see some of the principality’s finest out and about, including a pair of 458s. While the majority of the video involves mundane trivialities like maneuvering through parking lots, there are a few brief but glorious moments of foot-down acceleration.
So then – is the 488 beautiful, technologically advanced, and fast? Yes, yes, and most definitely yes. But at the end of the day, it’s still no 458.
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There are worse ways to make a living than gallivanting around the world driving some of the greatest cars mankind has ever produced, so it’s fair to say that Chris Harris has a job we all want. He calls his latest video “Car of the Year 2014,” but contrary to what the name suggests it’s not so much a contest, but rather a 42-minute celebration of Harris’ favorite cars of the last two years or so.
The setting is the beautiful Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal and the players are the Porsche 918 Spyder, Porsche GT3, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Renault Megane 275 Trophy-R, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, and BMW M3. There are no winners or losers, just Harris and a few of his friends who have helped him out along the way, torching Pirellis and leaving long black marks all over the Portuguese tarmac.
Side activities include an impromptu go-kart race, with Harris and his longtime cameraman Neil Carry switching roles and failing miserably, and an unlikely drag race between the Porsche 918, Ferrari F12 and Renault Megane Trophy-R. No prizes for correctly predicting the finishing order for that one.
Well, here’s an unexpected match-up. And wouldn’t you know it, behind the camera is our favorite YouTube supercar lifestyle journalist, the eternally affable Shmee150.
This time, he’s bringing us the goods from The New Coalinga Municipal Airport in Coalinga, California, for a half-mile, side-by-side drag race to find top trap speeds and the limits of acceleration. It’s called Airstrip Attack Seven, and it’s brought to you by racing organizer Shift-S3ctor. Amateurs and pros alike come out for the event, which makes for some very interesting racing down the airplane-free landing strip.
Testament to this statement, we find an Italian supercar lining up with a high-powered German SUV. Both come bearing heavy sporting intent, but the philosophies behind each couldn’t be more different. The 458 uses low weight, high revs, and a slippery profile to achieve its speed, while the Bimmer is all about brute, unstoppable force to shove its way down the track. Further complicating matters, both vehicles have been modified, with the Ferrari packing a reported 630 horsepower, and the BMW bringing 650 horsepower to the party.
There are no timing lights, no staging, just hands up, hands down, and go. The video shows the race from two different angles, which is a good way to analyze how both these machines handle this test of straight-line speed.
For those readers who enjoy a little sport, place your bets in the comments prior to hitting play.
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After quite a few weeks away, our favorite YouTube hooligan Chris Harris is back. Not only is Chris back, but he came back with one hell of a bang as he decided to spend the day flogging both a 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale and the new 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 around a damp Anglesey Circuit. As you would expect, there is a lot of noise, a touch of tire smoke and plenty of sideways action.
This video is one of the longer Chris Harris on Cars videos, clocking in at nearly 16 minutes, but it is easily one of the best ones I have seen in a while. Rather than focus on condensing everything into a short segment, Chris takes the time to just enjoy the cars and expand on the little details he likes about each. It gives you a much better idea of what he really thinks and why. The video also takes time to do a full timed lap of each supercar so you have a good performance metric to compare between the two of them.
If you want a great way to let that tryptophan-induced grogginess wear off from last Thursday, press that play button and let the battling noises of a Ferrari V-8 versus a Porsche flat-six brighten your day. When the show is over and you get Chris’s verdict, be sure to hit the comments and tell us if you think he is right or wrong.
As a followup to the incredibly popular F430, Ferrari needed something extraordinary. The Italian automaker needed something with technical sophistication, world-class performance, and the kind of visual flair that would place it comfortably as either a bedroom poster or multimillion dollar estate accessory. What it delivered was all that and more.
When it was first released to the public in 2009, the 458 instantly had the critics and journalists floored. The first thing to strike you is the shape of the thing. Wrought by both engineers and artists, the bodylines exhibit a penchant for maximum downforce, minimal drag, and gaze-snaring lust. As expected, Ferrari’s racing prowess is immediately apparent as soon as you hit a curve with any kind of exuberance, and once the road straightens, you’re pinned back by 562 prancing ponies that announce their presence via an aural psychoactive that will render anyone within earshot intoxicated and giddy.
That sound is the product of a naturally aspirated, 4.5-liter V-8, the history of which stretches all the way back to Enzo Ferrari and his son Alfredo, otherwise known as “Dino." In this review from XCAR, we are treated to a brief review of the 458’s origins, including the genesis of the mid-mounted, V-8 platform that we know and love today. There’s also plenty of stunning footage of the 458 carving up some country roads, not to mention that epic 4.5-liter soundtrack. Skip to 6:20 if you forgot your morning coffee; it’s sure to wake you up a bit.
There’s no spoiler here: the 2012 to 2014 Ferrari 458 Spyder is amazing. But XCAR leaves the question of Ferrari’s future up for speculation. Is the hybrid power of the LaFerrari or the turbo efficiency of the California a sign of things to come? Where will the company go next? Only time will tell, but if Maranello can somehow build upon the brilliance of the 458, the outlook is bright indeed.
Apparently, the phrase “first come, first serve” doesn’t mean much to Ferrari even though the company has invoked that same policy when processing orders for its limited-edition vehicles.
The issue involving the policy came up after a report from Magnitude Finance said that the company is warning customers who have existing orders of the Ferrari 458 Speciale to add more options to their cars or risk losing out to those willing to spend the extra cash.
Magnitude Finance director Tim Marlow indicated that there’s a growing belief that the 458 Speciale will be one of Ferrari’s last naturally aspirated V8s and that hype has driven up interest in the car, especially among collectors who are prepared to buy its as an investment that they can profit from once the car’s price appreciates in the coming years. Yep. A day will likely come when the 458 Speciale gets mentioned in the same breath as the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia 16M.
This is great news for the 458’s legacy, but not so much for customers who have already ordered their own 458 Speciales but are now getting their arms twisted by Ferrari because other buyers are willing to pay more for the car.
There will definitely be a lot of discussion on Ferrari’s business practices. A lot of people have never been enamored with that side of the Prancing Horse so hearing this report will do nothing but drive up the resentment over the company’s supposed bending of its own rules just so it can get more money in its pockets.
What’s the use of the “first come, first serve” policy if the people enforcing it are the ones supposedly breaking it?
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Cars like the 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta don’t come very often. When there’s an opportunity to drive one, you’re not supposed to let the opportunity pass you by. Evo’s Jethro Bovingdon had that chance recently, and like the true automotive nerd that he is, he didn’t let Mother Nature’s stormy wrath get in the way of taking the 458 Speciale Aperta for a drive around Italy’s wet and twisty roads.
The scenario was less than ideal, as the torrential downpour created a challenging driving environment from the very beginning. Anybody who’s ever driven a supercar with rain water angrily smacking the windshield knows what it’s like.
But Bovingdon didn’t seem to be fazed by the circumstances surrounding his time with the 458 Speciale Aperta. If anything, the heavy rains actually became an ideal time to showcase the supercar’s traction-control system, which worked beautifully in preventing the 458 Speciale Aperta from spinning wildly as it pounded those wet roads.
But defying Mother Nature’s wrath always has its limits. Such was the case during this run when the heavy rain and the ensuing fog made driving the 458 Speciale Aperta to its fullest capabilities became completely impossible. It certainly didn’t help Evo’s cause when its cameras started malfunctioning because of the rain.
In the end, this wasn’t the video Evo wanted to showcase, but it certainly was one that might have ended up becoming more memorable than the usual killer noise and breathtaking action we’ve become used to.
Luxury wheels manufacturer Forgiato sure has an inventive way of showing how indestructible its wheels are. I’m just not sure it had to go to the lengths it did to prove its point. Forgiato’s latest ad is appropriately titled “Unbreakable," created to showcase how tough its wheels really are.
The premise of the ad revolves around a situation far too many couples find themselves in these days. A girl walks home to see her boyfriend/husband cheating with another girl. You know what they say: hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and that’s no more true when said scorned woman is holding a sledgehammer.
From there, the ad devolves into the realm of cringe-worthy. The girlfriend, sledgehammer in hand, walks out of the house and decides to introduce her new toy with his prized ride, repeatedly driving the sledgehammer into a Ferrari 458 Italia. The damage on the 458 Italia, if its authentic and not CGI’d, isn’t meant to be seen by the weak of heart.
But that’s also where the hook of the commercial comes in.
After pummeling the hood, windshield, and body panels, the girlfriend makes a swing for the rear-left Forgiato wheel and... well...nothing happens to it.
As it turns out, it’s unbreakable, so says Forgiato, even when struck by a sledgehammer.
Maybe next time, Forgiato gives that weapon to Hafthor Bjornsson. If the biggest man in Westeros can’t break those wheels, then we’ll buy what this ad is selling.
In a track-day event we are drooling over, AutoCar pitted three of the most well-renowned supercars against each other and against the clock in a competition for king. Set along the winding track of Castle Combe, the three cars battle it out for supremacy.
Steve Sutcliffe is our host and carefully walks us through the three cars one at a time, going back and forth between them like a chef careful to test each masterfully prepared dish. And while we’re not going to spoil the outcome, each car shows its strength and weakness.
Without giving anything away, the Porsche 911 GT3 deserves a medal solely on value. It competes very well with the McLaren and Ferrari costing literally twice as much. The McLaren seems to be Sutcliffe’s favorite driving car and the Ferrari comes across as one of the best vehicles to ever leave Maranello.
So which one wins? Click full screen, turn on HD, and crank the sound. You’ll enjoy the next 12 minutes.
Click past the jump for more info on each car
UK motoring magazine CAR has released an awesome video pitting two titans of the sports car world to a no-holds-barred rumble for supremacy. In the blue trunks, weighing in at 3,150 pounds, hailing from Stuttgart, Germany, we have the Porsche 911 GT3. And in the yellow trunks, weighing at 2,850 pounds, hailing from Maranello, Italy, we have the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
Each of these iconic automobiles boasts a long line of prestigious sports car pedigree. Both are barely street-legal race cars. Both rev to 9,000 rpm. And both post blistering performance specs.
CAR is obviously fond of the GT3, as it gave the Porsche a victory in its Sports Car of the Year Giant Test back in 2013. Equipped with 470 horsepower, this latest edition of the 911 comes with a dual clutch, seven-speed, paddle-shifted gearbox. Additionally, the Porsche comes with active rear-wheel steering. The hardcore 911 enthusiasts deride both of these additions as sacrilege, but the result, as CAR will attest, is a vehicle that is highly controllable at the limit, with the new electronics enhancing the feel instead of numbing it.
Then there’s the 458 Speciale, which comes packing 130 more horsepower. The Ferrari is also lighter, and features revamped aerodynamics to reduce drag and increase downforce. And, of course, there’s that wonderful howl emanating from the naturally aspirated V-8. However, the 458 costs twice as much, something that CAR must consider when choosing between the two.
Which car took the win? Press "play" to find out. Expect plenty of analysis in a lilting British accent, accompanied by the sound of two high-end sports cars at full tilt. Don’t forget your headphones.
When we first got wind of the Ferrari 458 Italia’s upcoming refresh, we heard it would arrive with a smaller engine, a turbocharger or two, and it would wear the badge M458-T. The M stands for Modificata, and signifies any car that has been heavily modified, but not replaced. The 458 denotes the model, and the T is there to proclaim the car’s usage of force induction.
What we didn’t really know was what engine would make it into the car, or what kind of power it would produce. Recently, the folks over at AutoCar found some of their usual “sources” and got to work trying to figure out the details of the upcoming car. We still don’t have any hard and fast facts, but we do have some very strong and believable guidelines that Ferrai is aiming for.
First, the current 4.5-liter V-8 is gone, to be replaced by a smaller engine. The smaller engine has no confirmed displacement, but Ferrari needs to shoot for less than 4.0 liters to avoid a massive tax hike in China. As one of the largest new-car markets, Ferrari will be doing everything it can to make its cars appeal more to Chinese buyers.
The engine will feature a pair of turbochargers to increase horsepower above current levels; expect final figures to sit at 650 horsepower or more, beating the rival McLaren 650S’ 641 ponies. Torque will be an issue with this new engine, as the current transmission that Ferrari uses can’t handle the excessive level of torque this new motor will produce. The seven-speed Getrag auto is used across the Ferrari lineup and in the California T already has a limited torque output to prevent destroying the cog-swapper. Even the mighty V-12 engine in the LaFerrari only produces a max torque level of 516 pound-feet.
The final unanswered question revolves around Ferrari’s naming scheme. The 458 is named for its 4.5-liter engine and eight-cylinder engine. With a smaller displacement, Ferrari could alter the name to be the M408-T to match a 4.0-liter engine, or it could just leave it 458 because it’s Ferrari and it does as it pleases.
Like all things revolving around rumors and speculation, this info should be taken with a grain of salt. And don’t forget to keep your eyes locked here on TopSpeed.com. This new 458 is expected to be announced at Geneva next year, and we will be sure to keep you all updated on the news as it gets released.
Click past the jump to read more about the future Ferrari M458-T.
Ferrari just celebrated its 60th anniversary in the United States with the main highlight being the introduction of the F60America limited-edition supercar. However, the sexy F60America wasn’t the only Prancing Horse brought to the festivities. The event, which was hosted by the Beverly Hills City Hall, also included the auctioning of the first production unit of the newly launched 458 Speciale A. The Italian spider crossed the block for $900,000, about three times the expected sticker of the sports car.
The final price is not at all surprising, as production of the 458 Speciale A is limited to only 499 examples. The vehicle will likely be sold out by the end of 2014, and it’s only natural for collectors to throw nearly a million bucks at the first roadster to leave the Maranello factory.
As with most such events, proceeds were donated to charity. The entire sum will benefit "Daybreak," the American branch of the Italian charity whose mission for nearly 25 years has been to advance research towards a cure for rare genetic diseases.
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Mansory is arguably one of the most famous supercar tuners in the world. Mansory’s got a bevy of programs for some of the fastest and most powerful exotics, and its new program for the Ferrari 458 Speciale is just the latest in that long and impressive list.
As awesome as the Ferrari 458 Italia is, the 458 Speciale is better in every facet. But Mansory has a way of turning "better" into "best."
That’s the approach the Swiss tuner took in developing a carbon fiber aerodynamic package for the 458 Speciale, turning the proud Italian supercar into a carbon-clad exotic that fits Mansory’s outrageous style.
There are no performance modifications aside from carbon-induced weight loss, but I’m assuming that will change in the near future. This 458 Speciale aerodynamic program is likely not the final product because if there’s anything we’ve come to know about Mansory, it’s that it loves engine upgrades as much as it does carbon fiber.
If Mansory drops a few horsepower improvements into the 458 Speciale, we will be the first to let you know.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale By Mansory.
Ever wondered what Ferrari would look like if it became, to quote former CEO Luca di Montezemolo, “American?" Well, Jalopnik writer and artist Jason Torchinsky did just that, creating a series of hilarious Ferrari-based renderings that show a number of models receiving America’s unabashed imprint.
The F12 Brougham and the FF Sportwagen could actually pass of as legitimate Ferraris if you’re looking at them while in an inebriated state, but that’s the extent of it. The rest of the renderings take a turn for the insanely hilarious. There’s the 458 Montana SUV that looks like a moustachioed 458 on PEDs; the 458 Eagle with “vertical stabilizing fins” and a Pontiac Firebird-inspired eagle hood graphic; the 458 Rebele with welded doors and General Lee-inspired livery; and the three-wheeled Florida T with an exposed supercharger and a meth-dispenser system.
But the coup de grâce is the limited edition LaFerrari Van that might actually make for a pretty decent family car if not for the fact that it isn’t real.
Well done, Jason. Well done. Somewhere Ferrari executives are typing up a cease and desist letter.
Click past the jump to see how Ferrari’s lineup will look like if it really was becoming "American."
Image Credit: Jason Torchinsky
Images used with the express permission of Jalopnik.
When somebody brought up a statement like Ferrari using V-6 engines, they’d probably be met with either bewilderment, hysterical laughter, or maybe a combination of both. But times have changed in the auto industry and no more is that evident than a recent report indicating that Maranello is seriously contemplating a V-6-powered entry-level super car.
Sources told Car Magazine that Ferrari is currently developing a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that will be used for future sports cars, specifically a more affordable version of the 458 Italia, considered as the incumbent “mainstream” super car. Details behind the planned engine are still being kept under wraps, but there’s reason to believe that somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque is achievable.
The rumored V-6 super car isn’t so much an admission from Ferrari that it wants to start catering to mass market consumers. Instead, it could be the next step in the company’s efforts to offer more sustainable products that can adhere to emissions regulations now and in the future.
A V-6-powered Ferrari that people can somewhat afford is definitely an interesting proposition if you think about it. Such a scenario would’ve been impossible in the past.
But times are definitely changing and we could be looking at the Prancing Horse beginning its evolution in front of our eyes.
Note: Photo is of the Ferrari 458 Italia
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We’ve known about the 458 Speciale Spider — or whatever it name ends up being — since June 2014, and we all know that it’ll essentially be mechanically identical to its coupe sibling. This means that it’ll carry a 4.5-liter, V-8 engine with 605 cv (596 ponies) and 398 pound-feet of torque. This should translate to a 0-to-60-mph time in the low-three-second range. What we didn’t know, until today, is just how limited it will be.
According to 4WheelsNews, the 458 Special Spider will be limited to exactly 458 units. The website does not list a source, other than the typical "insider," so a grain of salt may be in order.
Other details that 4WheelsNews learned while talking to a "friend" who attended a special unveiling of the Spider include some styling variations between this and the coupe model. The main variances of note are the different stripes that come on the Spider model and two new wheel options. Like the report of the number of units, the source is an unnamed "friend," so this could end up not being the case.
We should learn all the juicy details soon, as we expect to see the 458 Speciale Spider in the flesh at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October.
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With the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance just around the corner, time has come to have a look at what this year’s edition of the world-renowned event has to offer. The charitable event has drawn huge interest ever since it was established in 1950, and the 2014 edition will be no exception. Automakers like McLaren, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Aston Martin have already confirmed their presence with outstanding, brand-new vehicles, but each and every important manufacturer will hit California to showcase their latest products. Global debuts and North American debuts, this year’s Pebble Beach will have them all.
Besides the latest automobiles ranging from lightning-fast supercars to practical SUVs and bespoke rigs, the event will be packed with classic cars spread across different eras. Bentleys, Duesenbergs and Bugattis, one rarer than the other, will be displayed across the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. As with each year, the Pebble Beach Concours the d’Elegance will donate all proceedings to various local and national organizations. The event has given nearly $20 million to charities throughout the years, and this tradition will continue in 2014.
This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is certain to be a blast. It’s set to take place on August 17th, 2014, but several events, such as the Pebble Beach Auctions and the Tour d’Elegance, are scheduled a few days earlier, on August 13th and 14th, respectively. Make sure you don’t miss our coverage and, in the meantime, check out our comprehensive preview below the brake.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The hype surrounding the Corvette Stingray is still going strong since its debut over a year ago. Gear heads and casual watchers just can’t seem to get enough of the Chevrolet’s sultry looks. Well, the folks at 1320 Videos thought it would be a great idea to pit the new C7 against some of the stiffest competition from around the world.
The 2014 Stingray and all the other cars in this video belong to Xtreme Xperience, a company that specializes in exotic driving experiences where regular people can pay reasonable sums of money to spend some time behind the wheels of such cars as the Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 458 Italia, and Lamborghini Gallardo. (You may remember our own Christian Moe attended a similar driving experience. with another company)
The informal tests take place on the straights of a racetrack. The rolling-start drag race pits the C7 against the fierce rivals for all-out speed. Starting at roughly 40 mph, the C7 and its challengers go full throttle until they run out of track.
Now before you watch the video, take a close look at the Vette. It sports the base, 18-inch, five-spoke wheels. That indicates it does not have the optional Z51 Performance Package. Missing are the five extra horses and pound-feet of torque generated by the performance exhaust system, the eLSD rear end, heavy-duty cooling system, and Magnetic Ride Control — among other things — that could potentially affect the Vette’s straight-line performance. Then again, and extra five horses or pound-feet wouldn’t likely help the Vette’s case when pitted against such things as the Ferrari 458 Italia. But we’d like to see this test done again with the C7 Z06...
The Corvette does emerge victorious in at least one race and had a few close calls, but you’ll have to watch the video to find out the results.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale was first introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, bringing some much needed life back into the 458. It’s hard to be the 458 when you have the LaFerrari and the F12berlinetta keeping you in the shadows. But the 458 Speciale is special in a lot of ways, not the least of which was the added performance boost Ferrari gave it.
German tuning firm Novitec Rosso saw what Ferrari did and quickly reacted. Sure, the tuner might have been impressed at first, but as a company known for incredible Ferrari programs, Novitec Rosso always has an eye on improving upon near perfection.
So here it is, ladies and gentlemen. The Ferrari 458 Speciale by Novitec Rosso.
It’s an incredible piece of work, although it’s the kind that can be expected of Novitec Rosso. The program is comprehensive, too. From aerodynamic improvements to numerous performance kits, Novitec Rosso’s program for the 458 Speciale is the kind that turns a taken-for-granted supercar into a sparkling piece of Italian awesomeness.
Novitec Rosso’s program for the Ferrari 458 Speciale is another feather in its cap, although if you look at what the tuner’s wearing, there’s already one too many feathers in it to begin with.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale By Novitec Rosso.
Goodwood may have ended, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t more to see. With so many cars at Goodwood covering so many generations, markets, styles and brands, it can be hard to make sure you’ve seen it all. Ferrari understands this, and because it never want anyone to miss a single on of their cars, the Italian automaker compiled a nice video for us of all the Prancing Horses that charged up the Hill.
The video stars with a lovely introduction from Lord March’s daughter, Atty Lennox, and then it goes into full on Italian Petrol Opera.
There are F1 cars from the modern and classic era, road going machines,like the 458 Speciale, one-off SP projects like the F12 TRS and even some machines from Ferrari’s storied Le Mans endurance racing history.
The video would be a bit better if there was more exhaust noise and a little less music, but otherwise there is a lot here to fall in love with.
Click that play button and watch some of Italy’s finest blast the Hill of Goodwood.
It may not come as much of a surprise to many of you, but Ferrari has won a pair of awards for the engine its 458 supercar uses. Every year a collection of journalists from more than 30 different countries weigh in on the best and brightest powerplants in the business and hand out multiple accolades to congratulate those that push forward the art of internal combustion.
Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 was chosen for two separate awards, the Performance Engine of the Year and the award for the Above 4-liter class. Ferrari has won these two awards every year since 2011, with the 4.5-liter taking both honors in 2011 and 2012 — the 2013 awards went to the V-12 engine in the F12 Berlinetta.
With an astonishing — and record-setting — specific output of 135 horsepower per liter in the 458 Speciale, this naturally aspirated engine is one of the most advanced units ever created.
Ferrari is not the only winner this year though, and competitors like McLaren are also racking up awards for their engines. Ferrari won’t just sit back on its laurels, and as the four consecutive wins proves, the Italians will keep pushing the art of high-power, high-revving engines.
Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 engine.
What seemed like an impossible scenario a couple of years ago might become reality within the next twelve months, as Ferrari is reportedly working on an entry-level version of the 458 Italia. That’s the word coming from Automobile, which claims the Italians are set to introduce a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter, V-6 engine, and create a more efficient and less expensive sports car based on the popular 458.
Shocked? You should be. Last time Ferrari used a V-6 engine in a road-going car it was 1974 in the soon-to-retire Dino. Since then, all V-6 units have motivated Formula One cars exclusively. It happened from 1980 through 1988 before FIA reintroduced V-6 power units to the sport for the 2014 season.
Details are rather scarce, but such a move would make a lot of sense given the market’s current shift to smaller, more efficient units. So what’s Ferrari hoping to achieve by rolling out an entry-level 458? Skip past the jump to find out.
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After 16 years of wild road trips, the Gumball 3000 has developed quite a few traditions. One of those traditions is the end-of-rally awards ceremony. There are awards for cool cars, crazy stories and new drivers. Of all the awards handed out, none are as prestigious or coveted as the "Spirit of Gumball" award. The Spirit of Gumball is given to the team that does the best job of embracing the spirit of the rally. Winners should show dedication to having a good time and being part of the festivities. They should avoid negativity, push the boundaries a little bit, and above all, have lots of fun.This year the award went to Team Deadmau5.
The video above shows the finale of the awards and includes a look at Deadmau5 and his co-driver Tori Belleci of the MythBusters accepting their award; a gumball machine mounted on a massive chrome plinth. Sadly there is no footage of their car, a baby blue Ferrari 458 with Nyan Cat graphics on it.
Maximillian, Mr. Gumball himself, awarded the honor to Deadmau5 because of his contributions to the Gumball, and his nearly flawless attendance at all events and festivities. When compounded with the fact that this was his first Gumball experience, it only seemed right he should win.
As an expression of automotive fun, extravagance and camaraderie, the Gumball 3000 is an unsurpassed experience. Congratulations to Deadmau5 and Tori for making their mark on everyone who was part of this great event. I know I am happy I had the chance to meet them.
Since the unveiling of the LaFerrari and F12berlinetta, the 458 Italia has become a little outdated, so to speak. Sure, it still holds plenty of value in the market, but it just feels dated now. Well, at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, Ferrari plans to debut a concept that it based on the 458 to not only bring the model back into light, but to also showcase future technology for the automaker.
Dubbed the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this model takes the impressive performance credentials that the 458 Italia already features and cranks the dial way up. A nice and healthy boost in output partners up with active aerodynamics and traction modifications to make this the most capable Ferrari road car to grace a track or street.
Updated 06/17/2014: We have added about 40 new high-res images of the 458 Speciale photo gallery. Check them out and see the car in yellow. Enjoy!
Updated 10/22/2014: Ferrari unveiled a new video of its 458 Speciale, this time focusing on the vehicle’s dynamics. Enjoy!
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You might not know this, but life is hard for Ferrari owners. Not only is there the constant fear that a fire is going to break out behind your head at any given time, but since any millionaire may as well be able to buy one, there’s always the fear that you could show up to the next yacht party and have to park your 458 Italia next to someone else’s 458 Italia that looks exactly the same. Can you imagine how awful that would be? It could possibly be even more embarrassing than being seen wearing the same Hermes tie as another guy in the boardroom.
Luckily, for people with just that particular set of problems, there are companies out there that dare to do what few would ever dream of attempting and offer products to personalize or "refine" your supercar more extensively than you could from the factory. DMC Luxury is one such company, and their latest is the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia "MCC Edition." If you have a Ferrari in need of a more visually unique look but don’t want to go all out, this may be the package for you.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia "MCC Edition" By DMC Luxury.
There are some world records that we considered ridiculous, bordering even to the insane. But there are records that really hold their own weight and being the "fastest blindfolded driver on Earth" certainly is one of them. Extreme Motorsport seems to think so too, which is why the company is now on the hunt for anybody looking to take on this challenge and in the process stamp their names into the record books.
As part of its proposal, Extreme Motorsport will provide challengers with a souped-up Ferrari 458 Challenge Race Car that these people will drive blindfolded as fast as they can over a one-mile distance within a given time. The objective is to beat the current world record held by Mike Newman, who set the bar while driving 186.12 mph in a Porsche 911 GT2 last September.
That might seem like an easily attainable record given that the 458 Challenge can hit speeds in excess of 200 mph, but once you factor in the element of being blindfolded, then it gets a lot trickier. Nevertheless, Extreme Motorsport is pushing through with the challenge, inviting anybody who is game enough to try and re-write history.
The company has even chosen the Elvington Airfield in York, England where the record attempts are going to take place, specifically a two-mile stretch of the airport’s runway that’s flatter, longer, and wider than the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground where Newman set the current record with the 911 GT2.
The challenge has been set for July this year, giving interested challengers enough time to gumption up the wits to try and break Newman’s record. As added incentive, the entire event will be filmed by Verve Productions, chronicling the the lives and preparations of the would-be challengers in the days leading up to the event, all the way to the record-setting attempts.
Should there still be trepidation among those interested in attempting to drive blindfolded, they can at least take comfort knowing that there will be a comprehensive training program that will be part of the event under the guidance of former F1 driver and the original Stig himself, Perry McCarthy.
Having said all that, if you’re still interested in becoming the fastest blindfolded driver on the planet, now’s your chance to tell Extreme Motorsport that you want to be a part of it. You need to at least be an experienced driver over 21 with a current driving license. For more details, head over to Extreme Motorsport’s website for all of the details and to apply for the record-breaking event.
Click past the jump to read more about the Fastest Blindfolded Driver on Earth World Record Challenge.
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.
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. 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.