Ferrari 458 Italia – Fundamentally Ferrari

Published on August 4th, 2009

We’re done talking about that new Ferrari which was designed towards day-to-day driving and focused more on practicality without compromising that sudden need for an adrenaline surge. It’s time to move on to a bigger, badder, triple-time raw power of the new Ferrari 458 Italia.

458front

The 458 Italia has its heart located in the mid-rear, the first of direct injection engine to be so. Just looking at the design is enough to make anyone whistles while my editor scrambles to find buyers for the rims that he stole off the Traffic crew so that he can meet at least half of the booking fee for this car.

Suffice to say, this cannot be owned by just about anybody. Naza Italia, being the official importer and distributor of such fine brand, is sure to scrutinise every inch of your hairy backs just to make sure you can pay the booking fees (sorry Botak, looks like you’re so not gonna be in the list!).

While the latest California brags about its day-to-day practicality with space enough to fit your golf bag, the 458 Italia is growling on a different tune altogether. From the single opening at the front grille all the way to the triplet exhaust ports for excessive noise and air pollution, everything is completely new, including those sexy headlights.

458rear

The 458 Italia is said to be the replacement model for the F430 and is confirmed by Ferrari. The last booking for the F430 has already been made and the car is no longer in production, except for the ones already booked, signed, sealed, or not yet built/delivered. Booking for the new 458 Italia can already be made through Naza Italia. The price? It is not revealed yet, but believe us, you’d want to know that little detail as late as possible.

The V8 that’s sitting in the car is a redesigned cardiovascular organ, complete with reduced internal friction for less fuel usage and has higher overall displacement and power than that of the F430. The numbers? 4499cc V8 with 570 fully mature horses running free at 9000rpm with a torque figure of a staggering 540Nm at 6000rpm, of which 80 percent of it is already available from 3250rpm. 0-100 is done is just 3.4 seconds, faster than Botak can sneeze. The top speed is rated at, according to the officials, in excess of 325km/h. Well, that’s about… 215km/h more than the legal speed… *cough cough*.

458side

Aluminum is the thingamagic nowadays, and that is the material used for the bodyworks. Suspension setup are twin wishbones at the front and a multi-link setup for the rear. E-Diff and F1-Trac, both are now controlled by the same ECU, are now integrated, bringing up the result of an increase of 32 percent while accelerating out of corners compared to other models. The same ECU also controls the high-performance Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).

It’s interesting to note that the brakes feature a prefill function, which the pistons in the calipers will move the pads into contact with the discs upon lift off to minimise delay in braking. Braking distance is measured at 32.5 meters, from 100km/h to standstill.

The same 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is also found in the new 458 Italia, of which you’ve probably learned from the California that it’ll provide smoother gear changing. Sportier gear ratios are ingrained into the 458 Italia, making the drive more aggressive.

You might be wondering why the 458 carries the name ‘Italia’. Well, it’s from Italy. Live with it.

luca

Truth is, the car is said to be the purest example of what Italy is. Luca de Montezemolo, Ferrari President, said “We are proud to pay homage to Italy with a fabulous new car which offers truly high performance along with the kind of innovation that no other Ferrari has ever reached. The new Ferrari is a tribute to Italy and its unique qualities. The creative flair of its people, the quality and style of its products all go to make up a country that is synonymous with excellence.”

The 458 Italia is a two-seater car and was built with direct input from the world’s most popular racing driver, wait for it, Michael Schumacher, who will be replacing Felipe Massa for Formula 1 until Massa is fully recovered.

We’re not going to talk about the downforce it generates if you drive the car at this speed or through that corner. ‘Nuff said that this is a Ferrari built solely for uncompromising performance, so we hope to the car God you know what that means.

The car will be officially unveiled at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Contact Naza Italia at 03 7956 8599 to know more about the car. Naza Italia will be adding the 458 Italia to their product line-up so watch this space for update. More info on Ferrari website.

text: Syawal Ahmad  pix: Ferrari

Tech Spec:

Dimensions

Length: 4527 mm (178.2 in.)

Width: 1937 mm (76.3 in.)

Height: 1213 mm (47.8 in.)

Wheelbase: 2650mm (104.3 in.)

Dry weight: 1380kg (3042 lbs)*

Weight/power ratio: 2.42kg/CV (7.16 lbs/kW)

Weight distribution: front- 42% rear- 58%

Engine: Type V8 – 90°

Displacement: 4499cc (274.5 cu in.)

Maximum power: 570CV (425 kW)**@9000rpm

Maximum torque: 540Nm (398 lbs/ft)@6000rpm

Specific power output: 127CV/l

Compression ratio: 12.5:1

Tyres: (front) 235/35 ZR20 8.5” (rear) 295/35 ZR20 10.5”

Performance

Maximum speed: 325 km/h (>202 mph)

0-100 km/h: 3.4 seconds

Fuel consumption:*** 13.7 l/100 km

Emissions:*** 320 g CO2/km

Gearbox: Dual-clutch, 7-speed F1

Electronics: E-Diff3, F1-Trac, high-performance ABS

* With forged wheels and Racing seats

** Including 5 CV of ram effect

*** Combined cycle (ECE+EUDC)

Comments

  1. Posted by Reezal on August 4th, 2009, 16:23

    cool…

  2. Posted by subsonique on August 5th, 2009, 09:02

    damn it man, replacement for 430? that was fast! as always, Ferrari is the bomb!

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