Ferrari 458 Italia

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The 458 Italia is powered by a 4.5 L (270 cu in) V8 engine derived from a shared Ferrari/Maserati design, producing 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp) at 9,000 rpm (redline) and 540 N·m (398 lb·ft) at 6,000 rpm[4] with 80% torque available at 3,250 rpm.[3] The engine features direct fuel injection, which is a first for Ferrari mid-engine setups in its road cars.[3] The 4.5 L V8 in the 458 currently holds the world record for most power per liter in a naturally aspirated production car engine.[5]

[edit] Transmission

The only transmission available on the 458 is a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox.[3] There is no traditional manual option, making this the fifth road-car after the Enzo, California, Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia not to be offered with Ferrari`s classic gated manual. It is the first mainstream model to not be offered with a manual transmission.

[edit] Handling

Ferrari 458 Italia pictured in Australia
The car`s suspension features double wishbones at the front and a multi-link set-up at the rear, coupled with E-Diff and F1-Trac traction control systems, designed to improve the car`s cornering and longitudinal acceleration by 32% when compared with its predecessors.[3]

The brakes include a prefill function whereby the pistons in the calipers move the pads into contact with the discs on lift off to minimize delay in the brakes being applied.[6] This combined with the ABS has reduced 1000 km/h (62-0 mph) braking distance to 32.5 metres (107 ft).[7]

The adaptive magnetorheological dampers are co-developed with BWI Group.

[edit] Performance

Ferrari`s official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration is under 3.4 seconds,[8] while top speed is over 325 km/h (202 mph), with a fuel consumption in combined cycle (ECE+EUDC) 13.3 L/100 km (21.2 mpg-imp; 17.7 mpg-US) while producing 307g/km of CO2.[9]

[edit] Design

The black winglet deforms at high speeds to create more downforce as well as guide more air towards the engine`s air intake.
The body was designed by Pininfarina, as with all recent Ferrari models. The cars exterior styling and features were designed for aerodynamic efficiency, producing a downforce of 140 kg at 124 miles per hour (200 km/h).[3] In particular, the front grille features deformable winglets that lower at high speeds, in order to offer reduced drag.[10] The car`s interior was designed using input from former Ferrari Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher, including a new steering wheel design which incorporates many features and controls as opposed to their being on the dashboard, similar to racing car designs.[3]

According to British car magazine Autocar, the 458 Italia`s design has drawn inspiration from the Enzo Ferrari and its Millechili concept car.[5] It has been designed to be Ferrari`s sportiest V8-engined car, to distinguish itself from the recently launched Ferrari California.[5]

The 458 was also reviewed on 15th season of Top Gear, where it received acclaim for its styling and performance. In a drag race against a Ferrari F430, it won by a considerable margin. The car also lapped the Top Gear test track in 1:19.1, just 0.1 seconds slower than the Ferrari Enzo.

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