It’s here, it’s finally here. After six long years, Ferrari is set to replace its entry-level F430 with the 458 Italia. Why the newest Fezza doesn’t get the “F” designation, like its two predecessors, is a mystery that can only be answered by the men from Maranello.
Naming conventions aside, the power figures, weight, acceleration times, videos, and pictures are below.
From the Italia’s direct-injected 4.5L V8, Ferrari has squeezed no less than 562 hp at 9000 rpm and 398 ft lbs of torque at 6000 rpm. Yea, 9 thousand sounds Honda-high, but I don’t think that anyone will accuse this car of sounding like a lawnmower. Your Honour, Exhibit A:
Notice how fast those gear changes were? That’s due to the new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’s the same unit we first saw in the Ferrari California. The strange thing is that the Press Release makes no mention of a manual transmission being available.
Regardless, here’s a peak at the interior:
Sounds surreal, doesn’t it?
On the technical side, Ferrari has reduced the weight of the Italia by 155 lbs compared to the F430, resulting in a weight of only 3,042 lbs when the racing seats and forged wheels are optioned. This means that acceleration is now under 3.4 seconds 0-100 kph and the top speed is claimed to be on the scary side of 200 mph (325 kph). This makes the 458 the first V8-powered Ferrari to top the two-tonne barrier.
Some other points of interest are the triple exhaust arrangement. Following on the heels of the California’s quad-stackers, the 458 continues Ferrari concerted effort to be different.
Visually, the 458 Italia takes the overall size of the Millechili concept and adds Hyundai Genesis Coupe-like profile lines. The result is reasonably attractive, but it’s still a study in form following function. The aerodynamic hardware attached to the 458 further supports this. For example, “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.” Also, “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.” This could only be from a manufacturer that has a Formula 1 team.
We’ll have the price and availability for the Canadian market, as that information becomes available. Look to see the 458 Italia live at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
[Ferrari via Autoblog]