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Ferarri 458 Price Specification Colours and Review

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The F430 gets a ctrl+alt+del. Ferrari has rebooted its V-8 sports car range, starting with a sheet that's as clean as the one the 360 Modena was scribbled on to replace the F355. Okay, the new 458 is still a mid-engine rear-drive all-aluminum design, but the powertrain, chassis, electronics, aerodynamics, ergonomics -- practically everything but the manettino switch -- are do-overs. And a day spent terrorizing the rural flora and fauna in the Apennine hills above Maranello along with a few very hot laps at Fiorano should help determine whether this is indeed Ferrari's hottest V-8 since the F-40.

Dimensionally, the wheelbase stretches 1.9 inches longer for greater stability while shrunken overhangs reduce the polar moment of inertia to help the car rotate more eagerly. New aluminum alloys and bonding techniques boost the larger body's structural rigidity by 20 percent in torsion, 8 percent in bending without adding weight. Extensive computer simulation and wind-tunnel work yield a slinky shape that seduces the air into providing more downforce (up to 794 pounds of it at 200 mph) with less drag than the F430 managed (the Cd drops from 0.34 to 0.33). Naturally that downforce is split 41/59 percent front/rear, roughly matching the static weight distribution so the car's dynamic balance never changes at speed. The technical briefing continues for an hour, but time is short so let's head for the hills and fill in the details as they manifest themselves.

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