Though it's hard to believe, Ferrari's sexy, sporty 458 Italia is nearly four years old. It certainly doesn't look middle-aged.
Introduced in 2009 at the Frankfurt auto show, with the Spider added to the range in 2011, the Ferrari 458 Italia continues to be one of the best driver's cars on the road today.
It's not the 562 horsepower from the 4.5-liter V-8 engine, or even the song it sings as it nears its 9,000-rpm redline that makes the 458 Italia great, though they certainly contribute. It's the way the car's inputs become outputs that give the driver an extrasensory perception of what the car is doing, fully drawing one into the driving experience.
Though the engine is a screamer, it also delivers at least 80 percent of the rated 400 pound-feet of torque from 3,250 rpm.
Of course, the 458 Italia also ticks all the appropriate supercar boxes: 0-60 mph in less than 3.4 seconds; 202 mph top speed (198 mph for the Spider); 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway; and of course a price tag...
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