2012 Ferrari 458 Italia

Base RWD 2-Dr Coupe V8 man trans

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2012 ferrari 458 italia Reviews and News

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Review
2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Review

Key Competitors For The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia

  • Audi R8
  • Chevrolet Corvette

Driving Experience

Let’s get to the good stuff. Once the excitement of the body style has passed, it’s only natural to want to know what’s under the hood. The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia is equipped with a screaming 4.5-liter V-8 engine paired up with a seven-speed dual clutch automated transmission. The transmission feeds the standard rear-wheel drive. This powertrain gives up an impressive 562 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. In test drives, the 458 Italia moves from 0 to 60 mph in roughly 3.4 seconds and gives this model the distinction of one of the fastest cars in the world. Not that anyone cares, but the Italia’s fuel economy is estimated at 12/18 mpg city/highway.

Bliss is waiting for you behind the wheel of the 2012 458 Italia. Its speed has already been discussed. Coupled with the tremendous handling capabilities of this model and you are looking at one of the most exciting cars to grace the roads. The seven-speed transmission goes through its paces admirably and aggressive whine of the engine is enough to cause addiction in even the most demanding driver.


The last thing most people are going to think about is safety when seriously considering the 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia. It is equipped with several safety features however. It has anti-lock carbon ceramic brakes and side airbags. This model is also equipped with traction and stability control. In the optional safety feature list parking sensors and rearview camera are available as well.

Interior & Cargo

Inside the cabin of the 2012 458 Italia Ferrari outfitted the coupe and the Spider with plenty of soft leather in a well constructed setting. This model is considered to be one of the best made Ferrari models to hit the market in terms of its interior quality. With that said, the gauges and controls on this supercar are less than one would expect. Intuitive controls simply aren’t present in the 458 Italia and some of the placement and functions are awkward. Take for example the navigation, audio system, and other infotainment features. They are placed on either side of the steering wheel, making it almost impossible for the passenger to control anything. Another issue with this design is the driver can’t see more than one display at a time. If the navigation system is in use, the speedometer is hidden. This odd quirk could certainly make for some interesting conversation with the local law enforcement if the driver doesn’t have a very good feel for the Italia in terms of speed.

There are good points of course. In addition to the supple leather upholstery, the Spider models have a state of the art retractable hard top. This option is one of the best in its class and only takes about 14 seconds to completely retract. Additionally, the hard top design offers more protection than in previous models with their soft top construction.


The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia is a two-seat exotic sports car available in two body styles. The coupe is named the Italia, while the Spider represents the convertible design. This car is everything one would expect from the Ferrari name and is sure to impress even the most jaded car enthusiast. It rides around on 20 inch aluminum alloy wheels and is fully customizable with a long list of optional features available.

On first glance at the 458 Italia there is no doubt this is a special car. The entire body frame sits low to the ground and the front end and grille are wide set with a narrow shape that slants back to the windshield. The headlights are predominant in their placement high on the front fenders. The rest of the body design is a mixture of curves and lines with high arches along the front and rear fenders.

New For 2012

The Ferrari 458 Italia for the 2012 model year only sees one important change of note. This model is now also available in the Spider convertible edition. It features a very well designed retractable hard top.

It’s a Ferrari, what else is there to say? The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia is one serious exotic sports car. No doubt the aggressive body styling is enough on its own, but when you factor in the one of a kind powertrain and performance, the 458 Italia can only be rivaled by a few cars in the world, Porsche comes to mind. Low slung and carefully sculpted, the Italia has it all in terms of looks. Inside the cabin, high quality leather rules the design, though it does struggle a bit from awkward dash design. The truly impressive part is under the hood with a V-8 engine and impressive transmission that just won’t quit and won’t let you either.


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2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Specifications

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4.5L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
12 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
18 MPG
562 hp @ 9000rpm
398 ft lb of torque @ 6000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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