8/6/09

The Newest Ferrari – 458 Italia


Spy shots and speculation aside, the latest Ferrari has broken cover..!

As a replacement for the current F430, the 458 Italia will debut in the flesh at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

As is the norm, the folks at Maranello look to have another winner on their hands. They have made leaps in technology and performance and yet managed to improve fuel consumption and emissions levels. A bit of a green hue for the company famous for fast red cars... (Of course the amount of green is relative here).

And now for the nuts and bolts of this latest prancing horse. Power is supplied by an all-new mid-mounted 4.5 liter V8 with 562 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox driving the rear axle, the engine’s redline is a mind-blowing 9000 rpm! Like the F430 before it, the Italia has an aluminum structure for weight savings and the car tips the scales at a lithe 3,042 pounds unloaded.

Hmmm… Lots of power and not much weight... This baby must be quick..!

How does 0 – 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds sound? And I would be remiss not to mention that this beast will have a top speed of over 200 mph, topping out at 202.

Pricing has not been released yet, but if you have some money burning a hole in your wallet, you may want to get an order in now. A long wait list is guaranteed..!

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