Ferrari 458 Italia Revealed

0-100 km/h in under 3.4 seconds

Ferrari has officially taken the wraps off their highly anticipated F430 replacement, the 458 Italia.

Described as a "massive leap forward" and a "genuine departure from the current range", Ferrari considers the new supercar to be "a synthesis of style, creative flair, passion and cutting-edge technology."

Boasting a futuristic Pininfarina design, the 458 Italia has a compact aerodynamic shape which helps to reduce drag and improve downforce (which is 140 kg at 200km/h). The front end features a bold grille which houses small aero-elastic winglets "which generate downforce and, as speed rises, deform to reduce the section of the radiator inlets and cut drag." Elsewhere, the car features small openings between the hood and headlights for added engine cooling. Out back, the 458 has aggressive rear end which houses a massive diffuser, California-style taillights, and three center-mounted exhaust tips.

Power comes from a new direct injected 4499 cc V8 engine that produces 570 CV (at 9000 rpm) and 540 Nm of torque (at 6000 rpm, with over 80% available from 3250 rpm). This is backed up by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which has been specially engineered to match the power and torque curves of the new V8. Ferrari estimates the 458 Italia will rocket from 0-100 km/h in under 3.4 seconds, before hitting a top speed in excess of 325 km/h (202 mph).

Riding on a lightweight aluminum chassis (the car has a dry weight of 1380 kg/3042 lbs), the 458 Italia boasts a 42/58 weight distribution which promises to deliver outstanding driving dynamics. This is further backed up by a twin wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear set-up. Ferrari also equipped the car with an advanced direct steering system, updated versions of E-Diff and F1-Trac which offer a 32% increase in longitudinal acceleration, and a high performance braking system which cuts the car's 100-0 km/h braking distance to a short 32.5 meters (106.6 feet).

As with all Ferraris, the 458 Italia features numerous lessons learned from company's Formula 1 racing efforts. One of the key improvements is a reduction of internal engine friction which helps to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. Thanks to this racing derived knowledge, the car has fuel consumption rating of 13.7L/100 km while CO2 emissions are 320 g/km. Elsewhere, the company added a unique racing-inspired steering wheel and dashboard which slope down and away from the driver to minimize distractions.

Look for more information and details to be released closer to the 458's official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show.


Source: Ferrari

The 458 Italia is the latest incarnation of the mid-rear engined berlinetta and will be unveiled at the next Frankfurt Motor Show

Maranello, July 28th 2009 - While it's true that every Ferrari is innovative by definition, it's equally true that in the course of the Prancing Horse's history, certain cars have marked a genuine departure from the current range. This is very much the case with the Ferrari 458 Italia, which is a massive leap forward from the company's previous mid-rear engined sports cars.

The new model is a synthesis of style, creative flair, passion and cutting-edge technology, characteristics for which Italy as a nation is well-known. For this reason Ferrari chose to add the name of its homeland to the traditional figure representing the displacement and number of cylinders.

The Ferrari 458 Italia is a completely new car from every point of view: engine, design, aerodynamics, handling, instrumentation and ergonomics, just to name a few.

A two-seater berlinetta, the Ferrari 458 Italia, as is now traditional for all Ferrari's road-going cars, benefits hugely from the company's Formula 1 experience. This is particularly evident in the speed and precision with which the car responds to driver inputs and in the attention focused on reducing internal friction in the engine for lower fuel consumption than the F430, despite the fact that both overall displacement and power have increased. However, Ferrari's track experience makes its presence felt in the 458 Italia not only in terms of pure technological transfer but also on a more emotional level, because of the strong emphasis on creating an almost symbiotic relationship between driver and car. The 458 Italia features an innovative driving environment with a new kind of steering wheel and dashboard that is the direct result of racing practice. Once again input from Michael Schumacher - who was involved from the very start of the 458 Italia project - played an invaluable part.

The Ferrari 458 Italia's Pininfarina design provides further evidence of the complete departure from the past that this new car hails. The Ferrari 458 Italia has a compact, aerodynamic shape, underscoring the concepts of simplicity, efficiency and lightness that inspired the project. As with every Ferrari, the car's styling has been very heavily influenced by the requirements for aerodynamic efficiency, as can be seen from the downforce of 140 kg at 200km/h generated by the new model. The front features a single opening for the front grille and side air intakes, with aerodynamic sections and profiles designed to direct air to the coolant radiators and 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 cut drag.

The new 4499 cc V8 is the first Ferrari direct injection engine to be mid-rear mounted. It has a very low piston compression height typical of racing engines which contributed to achieving its compression ratio of 12.5:1. Equipped with the traditional flat-plane crankshaft, the engine delivers 570 CV at 9000 rpm and, with an outstanding power output of 127 CV/litre, sets a new benchmark not only for the whole Ferrari range and the history of company, but also for the entire market segment. Maximum torque is 540 Nm at 6000 rpm, over 80 per cent of which is available from 3250 rpm. Specific torque is a record 120 Nm/litre. However, what is truly extraordinary is the amount of torque available while still maintaining high levels of power at low revs.

The car's soundtrack is also typical Ferrari, with an exciting, powerful growl emerging from the engine before it channels through to the exhaust's three rear tailpipes.

The 458 Italia is equipped with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which increases performance whilst providing very smooth shifts even at full throttle. The engineers have developed specific, sportier gear ratios to match the power and torque curves of the new V8, guaranteeing high torque even at lower engine speeds and allowing the car to reach its maximum speed in top gear.

This new Ferrari is also a major leap forward when it comes to cutting emissions. Despite the fact that the new engine is significantly more powerful than the V8s that preceded it, the Ferrari 458 Italia produces just 320 g/km of CO2 and fuel consumption is 13.7 l/100 km (combined cycle), the best in the entire segment.

The engineers also focused on weight reduction during the design phase for similar reasons. Consequently, the Ferrari 458 Italia has a dry weight of 1380 kg with a power-to-weight ratio of 2.42 kg/CV. Weight distribution is also optimal with 58 per cent over the rear axle. The result of the engineers' endeavours can be summed up in to two simple statistics which together perfectly encapsulate the Ferrari 458 Italia's exceptional performance: 0-100 km/h acceleration in under 3.4 seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 325 km/h.

For the new chassis, once more in aluminium, Maranello's engineers incorporated various types of advanced alloys along with aerospace industry-derived manufacturing and bonding techniques.

With regard to vehicle dynamics, the Ferrari 458 Italia's suspension features twin wishbones at the front and a multi-link set-up at the rear tuned for maximum roadholding and superlative handling. Along with a more direct steering ratio, the 458 Italia thus offers extremely rapid turn-in and body control whilst maintaining superior ride comfort.

The integration of the E-Diff and F1-Trac (now controlled by the same ECU) and their respective mappings is even greater, resulting in a 32 per cent increase in longitudinal acceleration out of corners compared to previous models. The evolution of the control logic, with even faster and more accurate calculation of levels of grip, ensures even greater roadholding, better handling and ease of control on the limit.

The same ECU also governs the high-performance ABS, providing even more precise control over the logic threshold and greater efficiency. The brakes also feature a prefill function whereby the pistons in the callipers move the pads into contact with the discs on lift off to minimise delay in the brakes being applied. This combined with the ABS has cut the 100-0 km/h braking distance to a mere 32.5 metres.

The Ferrari 458 Italia's interior is another area of the car that exalts its sporty personality. The driver is welcomed by a new layout and a revolutionary ergonomic interface where the main controls are all clustered on the steering wheel.

With the Ferrari 458 Italia, Maranello has brought a highly distinctive new car to its 8-cylinder range. The company now offers two models that share a common, race-derived DNA, both exceptionally sporty and fun to drive in true Ferrari tradition, but aimed at two very different kinds of client. While the Ferrari California was created for owners requiring a more versatile sports car with a practical edge, the 458 Italia is designed for owners for whom the priority is uncompromising on-road performance with occasional track day capability, but who still demand a car that is useable in day-to-day driving like all Ferrari's recent models.


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god help u. looks like a shrunk enzo
May 15, 2010 3:54 am
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This car is a beauty!!
Sep 20, 2009 10:38 pm
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I don't really think it looks better than the F430, apart from the windscreen. And this 7 speed, (IS THEIR A MANUAL TO)? gearbox in the video has in my opinion just too many and too short gears, in like 10 seconds it changes 4 times of gears, no wunder it can 'only' do 325 KM/H, and M5 can do 5 KM/H better, while it weighs I think about 400 kg more and has 63 hp less.
Aug 11, 2009 5:24 pm
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Beautiful! Worthy successor to the F430.
Aug 7, 2009 11:00 am
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What about the Ferrari F450?? any news on that one guys i thought the F450 was suppose to replace the F430. Is the F458 Italia? gonna be a special edition?
Aug 6, 2009 6:27 pm
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I like the new direction to styling that Ferrari is taking Remember the 360 looked very similar to the 355, and the F430 looked very similar to the 360? I think its good they're changing their designs a little
Aug 4, 2009 1:11 pm
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beautiful car but F*****g ugly ferrari
Aug 3, 2009 4:29 pm
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Aug 15, 2009 8:38 pm
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I love this car. I love the back. I love the front. I love the side. I love that the engine revs SO HIGH! I love that ferrari allways uses their advanced race technology in street cars before anyone else. Ferrari is back. I liked the f50, I LOVED the challenge stradale, the Schuderia is awesome. BUT this car is exemplary. Better than an audi r8 v10. This thing is almost Carrera GT status, and that car was very very dear to my heart.
Aug 2, 2009 4:55 am
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So this is how a chinese replica of a new ferrari looks like?(haha.This is by far, the ugliest ferrari Ive ever seen. I love the 360,the I like the 430, but this is,and Im sorry for all of those who like it, "YUKK". It's not that its just ugly, it has many ferrari elements missing, just not a Ferrari.It's like an Asian Italianwannabe. Im sorry. But one thing is true, performance is impressive. I just hope it looks better in real life.
Aug 1, 2009 2:26 pm
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i still like the 430 more
Jul 31, 2009 10:10 pm
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look at the top view phone...it has different headlights than the other pictures.....they look better
Jul 31, 2009 11:22 am
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I like the F430 better i think, but this car looks good to, sexy and fast
Jul 29, 2009 10:23 pm
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in its defence the enzo and fxx were disgusting but we all think they are amazing cars. This is the same it is an amazing technological car. Personally I think it is a beautiful car and it has nothing wrong with it at all.
Jul 29, 2009 3:53 pm
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this 458 completely resembles a lot from ferrari but yet having strong innovative and cool design... unlike Audi... using the same design for all its different models to show people that they are audi cars... losers...
Jul 29, 2009 1:24 pm
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i think audi should send its designers to italy to learn about designs back from the fundamentals...
Jul 29, 2009 1:22 pm
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hopefully when this comes out... i can afford a 360..
Jul 29, 2009 1:20 pm
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...but still better than other sport cars.
Jul 29, 2009 11:43 am
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If you like this car you might be a redneck. More loutish than previous.
Jul 29, 2009 11:40 am
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This will be a groundbraking car, which others will attempt to follow. The queue's for this will be enormous...
Jul 29, 2009 7:53 am
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Head lamps are ugly. Rear lights are ugly. Wheels are ugly. Front grille is ugly. Doors are ugly. Windows are ugly. Rear diffuser is ugly. Air intakes are ugly. Rear spoiler (or whatever that thing is) is ugly. Side mirrors are ugly. Side skirts are ugly. Excess of LED lights is ugly. Star Trek-style dashboard is ugly. I'm definitely forwarding those pictures to failblog: FERRARI FAIL
Jul 29, 2009 6:25 am
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Jul 29, 2009 9:44 am
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Loyo you love that shift key don't you dude
Jul 30, 2009 3:14 pm
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