The Ferrari 458 Italia has rewritten the rulebook on exotic Italian supercars. Not only is the car completely new from the ground up, it’s also faster than virtually every Ferrari before it--including the Enzo. However, the major draw card is that this Ferrari is actually a very good mode of transport.
Comfortable seats, ample head, leg, and shoulder room, and a level of quality to its build and materials surpassed only by a handful of other cars explains why the Ferrari 458 Italia is winning comparison tests all over the world.
At the end of the day, however, this is still a Ferrari, which means performance always has to come first. Here the car certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Power comes from a new 4.5-liter V-8, which features direct injection technology and is matched to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It has a very low piston compression height typical of racing engines that contributed to achieving its relatively high compression ratio of 12.5:1. Equipped...