Discussion in '458 Italia' started by Ultimate Car Guy, Jul 28, 2009.
Is that official? Hope not, but looks accurate compated to the spy shots.
I swear that Ferrari is on the DVD cover of a film called push..
Either way it's a brilliant look car! Much better than that excuse for a Ferrari, the California:eusa_doh:
This is the real deal. I can assure you.
I hope not too but it does look accurate. The side profile has more than a hint of Enzo about it, which is nice, but the front and those 3 rear exhausts are a bit turn off.
Nah, that is an Enzo. Also I think Scuderia (and even vanilla F430) looks better but I will wait for better pics.
My initial reaction is that I like it a lot, I think it's a much better-looking car than the 430 or the 360 before it.
First Ferrari I really like since the ugly wave touched them (430, Enzo and co, not to speak about the tacky California).
I love the F40 exhaust... Very nice touch! The front, while surprising, has F355 hints, while the side is more like a 360 mixed with an Enzo...
very sporty. Stunning replacement for the porky-looking (for a ferrari) F430. Racecar look, almost like a supercar indeed.
^ I totally agree .. very handsome .. I think I like it.
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I'm in Ferrari-love already and all over again. [Sigh] Even the sub-par California (by Ferrari's lofty standards) is a head turner of note. But this, this is on another level for mid-engined Ferrari-dom.
I can't get my mind around it. A Ferrari 430 replacement already. That means a 360 Modena is two generations old - and, good Lord - look at it still!
I Can't get it out of my head. It is amazing. I hate to bring this, but this would spoil the party of MB SLS ..
I want one
It's like the California...that true Ferrari DNA of the past is hidden somewhere in the overall shape...VERY NICE INDEED!!!
Higher resolution fotos.
Engine: 4.5L V8
Torque: 540 Nm at 9000rpm
Acceleration: 0-62mph/0-100kmh in 3.4s
Weight: only 1380kg
TOP Speed: 325km/h
Emmisions: 320g Co2
Amazing figures, very light, very powerful, very fast and easily the most beautiful car right now. Dare I say, it looks better than the 599 ?
Fantastic. And the specs are to die for. This car has very little competition, if any.
But I need to know if this car is all new or based on the F430 (which I think it is not)
:icondrool:icondrool and 1350kg . impressive! and 9000 rpm :bowdown:
This car is going to give the SLS a very hard time. BMW see and get jelous, Forza Ferrari :eusa_clap
How do they get 540 Nm out of a naturally aspirated 4.5 litre engine!!! A new production car record. 120 Nm per litre. Astonishing.
It also has the new dual clutch gearbox. Bye bye F1-shift.
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.
Wow, 127HP/l. Ferrai just blew the longstanding record for specific output by a production NA engine held by the S2000 engine (120HP/l) out of the water by a huge margin and they did it with a substantial V8, not some weenie 4 banger (no disrespect to S2000 though I love it).
And mazing weight too - just 30kg more than the stripped down Scuderia and a much better power to weight ratio than the Scuderia (2.42kp/hp vs 2.65kg/hp). I think GT2 is gonna have a tough time hanging with this monster, hmm, sorry I mean athlete (monster seems too crude a term for something this magnifcient). Though I still think F355 and Scuderia looks better in that order - but bteer pics might change my opinion.