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10th June, 2010

An 'open-top' version of the Ferrari 599 has been flagged by Ferrari chief, Luca di Montezemolo, in London (England).

Meanwhile, the first Australian-specification Ferrari 458 Italia has arrived locally, having been flown from Italy.

The Ferrari 458 Italia some Formula One technology in aspect of its design. This enables it to be the fastest production Ferrari the company has made.

“Ferrari’s definition of ‘the fastest’ is not measured in the crude terms of top speed or its ability to reach 100 km/h in the lowest possible time,” explains Kevin Wall, the local Ferrari chief. “These measurements do not take into account a car’s ability to go around corners and to cope with difficult driving conditions. This is why Ferrari measure ‘the fastest’ in terms of the quickest lap time around its notoriously difficult Fiorano test track, which is, essentially, made up of all most difficult corners in Formula One. If a car is the fastest here, then it is, truly, the fastest in the real world.”

The Ferrari 458 Italia represents an evolution of Maranello’s mid-rear engined V8 sports cars. As with every new Ferrari, the 458 Italia is a concentration of innovation thanks to the company’s racing expertise. Employing the same techniques and methods used to develop the Scuderia’s F1 cars, Ferrari’s engineers concentrated their efforts on obtaining efficiency in every aspect of the car, and their commitment was repaid with good figures in fuel consumption and C02 emissions – 13.3 l/100 km and 307 g/km respectively in the combined cycle (ECE+EUDC).

This achievement is the result of the reduction of internal friction losses inside the engine as well as aerodynamics development on the exterior design, including solutions such as the aeroelastic winglets at the front that generate downforce and, as speed rises, deform to reduce the section of the radiator inlets and cut drag.

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The new 4,499 cc V8 engine is a powerhouse, punching out 419 kW, and, combined with the 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox and a dry weight of 1,380 kg, the Ferrari 458 Italia boasts a weight-power ratio of 2.42 kg (a power-weight ratio of 413 CV per ton), and can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.4 seconds and hit a maximum speed of over 325 km/h.

The driver-car interface has been revolutionised and the engineers, working with the Ferrari Styling Centre, have reinterpreted the ergonomics, grouping all the major commands on the steering wheel, and the secondary functions on two satellite pods that just out from the dash on either side of the wheel. This solution, together with the immediate visibility of all the car’s settings on dedicated screens ahead of the driver, ensures maximum control of the car at all times.

Description and specifications

The Ferrari 458 Italia is an 8-cylinder two-seater berlinetta with a mid-rear mounted engine, and represents a break with the past in terms of Maranello’s previous high-performance sports cars. Designed to fulfil the expectations and ambitions of the passionate clients, the 458 Italia continues the Ferrari tradition of putting the thrill into driving as a result of track-derived technological innovations.

Maranello’s racing experience can be felt not only in terms of technological transfer but also on a more emotional level, because of the strong emphasis on providing an almost symbiotic relationship between driver and car. This is one of the areas where Formula One driver Michael Schumacher’s contribution, right from the early stages of the project, was of importance.

The Ferrari 458 Italia delivers superb vehicle dynamics with an ideal weight balance for a mid-rear engined sports car – 58 per cent rear, 42 per cent front. Evolved electronic control systems also help guarantee performance in all driving conditions. Its new suspension set-up, featuring twin wishbones with L arms at the front and a multilink set-up the rear, is tuned for road-holding and handling. This, together with a more direct steering ratio, ensures the car is responsive whilst maintaining ride comfort.


Dimensions and weight
Overall length 4,527 mm/178.2 in
Overall width 1,937 mm/76.3 in
Height 1,213 mm/47.8 in
Wheelbase 2,650 mm/104.3 in
Front track 1,672 mm/65.8 in
Rear track 1,606 mm/63.2 in
Kerb weight* 1,485 kg/3,274 lb
Dry weight* 1,380 kg/3,042 lb
Weight distribution 42% front - 58% rear
Boot capacity 230 litres/8.1cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 86 litres/22.7 US gall./18.9 Imp. gall.


Front 235/35 20" x 8.5”
Rear 295/35 20" x 10.5”


Front 398x223x36 mm/15.7x8.8x1.4 in
Rear 360x233x32 mm/14.2x9.2x1.3 in


Type V8 - 90°
Total displacement 4,499 cc/274.5 cu in
Bore/stroke 94x81 mm/ 3.7x3.2 in
Maximum power 419 kW** (570 CV**) @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque 540 Nm (398 lbs/ft) @ 6,000 rpm
Specific output 127 CV/litre/1.55 kW/cu in
Maximum revs per minute 9,000 rpm
Compression ratio 12.5:1


Maximum speed >325 km/h/>202 mph
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.4s
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 10.4s
0-400 m (0-437 yards) 11.3s
0-1,000 m (0-1,093 yards) 20.3s
100-0 km/h (62-0 mph) 32.5 m/106.6ft
Dry weight/power ratio 2.42 kg/CV/7.16lb/kW
Fiorano lap time 1’25”

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel consumption***(European market version) 13.3 l/100 km
CO2 Emission*** (European market version) 307 g CO2/km

Transmission and gearbox

F1 dual-clutch transmission, 7 gears


E-Diff3, F1-Trac, High-Performance ABS

*with forged rims and Racing Seats
**Including 3.7 kW by ram effect
*** ECE+EUDC combined cycle


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