The Ferrari 458 is classified as a mid-engine sports car and is manufactured by Italian sports carmaker Ferrari. This vehicle effectively replaced the Ferrari F430 and was first introduced to the public in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Ferrari made an official announcement about the 458, describing it as the successor to the F430 but with a whole new design that incorporated the company’s new technologies. The body computer system of this vehicle was developed by Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting. This vehicle uses a 4.5 liter V8 engine that is derived from the same design as the Ferrari/Maserati and can produce up to 570 PS or 562 horsepower at 9,000 rpm. This engine has a direct fuel injection design, which is departure from the rest of Ferrari’s mid-engine setup road cars.
The only transmission that the 458 is available with is the dual-clutch 7-speed GETRAG gearbox which can also be found in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, but is tuned slightly differently. With this vehicle there is no traditional manual option for the transmission, making the 458 the fourth road car to not come with a gated manual transmission. The suspension on this vehicle featured double wishbones at the front as well as a multi-link setup in the rear, combined with E-Diff and F1-Trac traction control systems which are designed to improve the way the 458 handles corners.
The brakes on the Ferrari 458 feature a prefill function which allows the pistons in the calipers to move the pads into contact with the discs in order to minimize any delay when the brakes are applied. This car’s stopping distance has been reduced from 100-0 km/h or 62-0 mph to 32.5 meters or 107 feet because of the Carbon Ceramic brakes it uses as well as the ABS feature.
The 458 can accelerate from 0-100 km/h or 62 mph in just 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 325 km/h or 202 mph with a fuel consumption of 13.3 liters per 100 km or 21.2 mpg (imperial) and 17.7 mph (US). The overall body design of this vehicle was created by Pininfarina and the car’s exterior styling as well as its various features were designed for aerodynamic efficiency. The front grille on this vehicle features deformable winglets that can lower at high speeds in an effort to reduce drag. The interior of this car was designed using input from Michael Schumacher, a former Ferrari Formula 1 driver.
There have been a number of variants of the Ferrari 458, including the 458 Italia, which launched in 2009. This vehicle is the 2-seat berlinetta 458 and was the first variant of this vehicle to be displayed to the public, premiering at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 2009. The 458 Italia Special Edition was introduced to the public in 2012 and only 20 units of this vehicle were made and sold on the Chinese market. The Italia Special Edition was produced to commemorate Ferrari’s 20th anniversary in China and included gold painted wheels as well as gold aeroelastic winglets and a red body color.
The Ferrari SP12 EC was launched in 2012 and was based off the 458 Italia which was originally constructed for English musician Eric Clapton under the company’s Ferrari Special Projects program. This vehicle was designed by the Centro Stile Ferrari as well as Pininifarina and a team of engineers from Maranello to pay homage to Clapton’s career as a successful musician as well as his long history as a Ferrari owner. The Ferrari 458 has come in a number of different forms throughout the years and is still considered one of the sleekest and fastest models from this automaker.