The Ferrari 458 is an Italian-produced mid-engine sports car.
It came as a replacement for the Ferrari F430, and was
officially unveiled for the first time at the 2009 Frankfurt
The body computer system was developed by Magneti Marelli
The 458’s exterior was traditionally designed by Pininfarina,
for improved aerodynamics which don’t harm the beauty of the
vehicle. The front grille introduces deformable winglets with
the ability to lower at high speeds for drag reduction.
The vehicle is equipped with a vent that leads up to the
headlight and lets air cool the brakes and then feeds it out of
the channel on the other side, in order to reduce lift over the
According to the manufacturer, the small lip on the boot offers
lots of downforce, and a movable wing is not necessary.
Ferrari 458 Interior
Believe it or not, the 458’s interior was designed through the
input from former Ferrari Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher.
The layout is common to racing cars. The steering wheel design
includes many controls otherwise located on the dashboard or on
stalks, like turning signals or high beams.
Engine and performance
The 458 uses a 4,499 cc V8 engine belonging to the
“Ferrari/Maserati” F136 engine family, delivering 562 hp at 398
pound-feet of torque. The engine has direct fuel injection,
which is a first for Ferrari mid-engine setups in its road
The engine is mated to a dual-clutch 7-speed GETRAG gearbox
transmission. There is no traditional manual option, making it
is the first mainstream model to be offered without a manual
The vehicle is equipped with E-Diff and F1-Trac traction
control systems, in order to improve the cornering and
longitudinal acceleration by 32%.
The adaptive magnetorheological dampers are co-developed with
Ferrari’s official 0–60 mph acceleration is 2.9-3.0 seconds.
Whereas the top speed is 202 mph. The fuel consumption in
combined cycle is 21.2 mpg-imp and 17.7 mpg-US.
There are many different versions of the Ferrari 458.
458 Italia (2009) – two-seat
berlinetta 458 and the first variant to be officially unveiled
at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September 2009. Its
price is around $ 240,000 (MSRP).
458 Italia Special Edition (2012) –
limited version of 458 Italia for the Chinese market (20
units), in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Ferrari in
China since the first Ferrari was ordered in Beijing. The
vehicle was unveiled in Italia Center of Shanghai World Expo
Park. Its price is in the range of $ 204,115- $ 267.943
458 Spider (2011) – the convertible
variant of the 458 Italia, which made its debut at the 2011
Frankfurt Motor Show. Its price starts with $ 257,000 on
US market, and goes up to $ 309,000, which is the starting
price on the European market.
458 Speciale (2013)
Ferrari 458 Speciale (USA) (2015) –
the top performing 458 Italia, unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt
Ferrari 458 Speciale A – a spider
variant for the 458 Speciale, limited to only 499 units. The
‘A’ stands for ‘Aperta’, Italian for ‘open’. rice Ferrari
458 speciale A, when it appeared on the market in 2014 was cost
285,000 US dollars.
Ferrari SP12 EC (2012) – a one-off
sports car built for English musician Eric Clapton under
Ferrari’s Special Projects programme. It was revealed in May,
2012 and shown at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of
Speed. Price of this unique model is around £ 3 million.
Pininfarina concept car (2013) –
named in honor of long standing chairman Sergio Pininfarina, it
was first unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. This
ultra-exclusive supercar based on the model 458 and
his price is about $ 3 million.
(2010) – a track-only racecar
designed to be fielded in the Ferrari Challenge. It was
presented at the Ferrari Annual Dealer Meeting in July, 2010.
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 (2011) – a GTE
class racer designed to take part in Championships sanctioned
by ACO and FIA. So far, it had a jaw-dropping racing record. In
2015 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 vehicles compete in the FIA World
Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series as well as
Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
458 Italia GT3 (2011) – slightly
lighter and more powerful version in comparison to the GT2. The
458 Italia GT3 holds the record for number of Titles won in
many international Championships.
458 Italia Grand-Am (2012) – a
modified version of the 458 GT3 for Grand-Am. Same weight, but
less downforce. The vehicle made its debut at the 2012 24 Hours
Proud successor to the Ferrari 458 is the new
2016 Ferrari 488 GTB .