As the successor to the wildly popular F430, the 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia has been busy trying to fill its shoes since 2010. If last year was any indication of what the 458 Italia is made of, the F430 will look old and outdated in no time. The prancing horse's latest creation is leaps and bounds ahead of anything to ever roll off the line in Marenello.
While mostly pieced together with aluminum, the 458 Italia weighs in a little heavier than the one it's replacing. Added technology enriches an all ready world class ride and one peek behind the rear hatch glass will melt away any worries that added weight affects performance. A 4.5-liter V-8 engine good for 562 horsepower stares back from the other side of the glass.
Some interior features that translate into an inept interactions especially because of the placing of the turning signals and other knobs on the steering wheel column. The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia paces a field full of world class supercars.
Body: Convertible, coupe
Engine: 4.5-liter V-8
Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch
Models: Base coupe, convertible
The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia gets major enhancements this year.
The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia is a two-seat sports car available in coupe or convertible form, and in one single model. Standard exterior accents include carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in a performance tire, xenon headlights, and keyless entry. Optional features include 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in run-flat tires, adaptive headlights, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors. There are also a number of color configurations for the exterior.
The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia has both luxurious and puzzling interior features living together, combining for a one-of-a-kind cabin. The positives are the amount of leather covering the cabin with overall refinement better than the Ferrari before it. However some annoying features include paddle shifters mounted in an awkward position, moving away from the traditional steering wheel stalks. Other ergonomic epic fails include the controls for the navigation and infotainment systems stuck on the side of the steering wheel column. The gauge cluster is also limited to one application at a time, choose from either the map or your speed. You can't be that greedy.
Performance & Handling
A 4.5-liter V-8 engine directs the 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia's 562 ponies to the pavement and is good for 398 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. This prancing horse's mill is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission with no standard manual gearbox offered. The Ferrari California also uses this transmission. Ferrari claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds. The use of direct injection is used on the Italia 458 and is a first for a mid-engine Ferrari. The 458 Italia rides over a double wishbone setup with F1-Trac traction control keeping the tires to the pavement. This system boosts cornering acceleration times by 32-percent. A braking distance from 60-0 mph for the Italia 458 is 107 feet according to Ferrari. The Italia tops out at a speed of 202 mph.
Standard safety features on the 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia include traction and stability control, side airbags, and anti-lock brakes. Optional safety features include parking sensors and a rearview camera.
EPA Fuel Economy
12 mpg city/18 mpg highway
- Smooth transmission
You Won't Like
- Turn signal placement
- Gauge cluster
- No traditional manual transmission available
Pure driving bliss every time you hop in
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