2014 Ferrari 458 Italia

Base RWD 2-Dr Coupe V8 auto trans

Base RWD 2-Dr Coupe V8 auto trans

2014 ferrari 458 italia Reviews and News

2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Three Quarters In Motion Top View
2014 Ferrari 458 Italia

New For 2014

Ferrari used the Frankfurt auto show, once again, to introduce its 458 Speciale, which has optimized combustion, volumetric, and mechanical efficiency to hike power by 35 horses, while cutting the 0-to-62-mph sprint to an even three seconds. What's more, the tailpipes, silencer, and redesigned exhaust inlet have been tweaked to sound as much like Fernando Alonso's F138 as possible. The Speciale has not yet been added to the official U.S. Ferrari lineup, but don't wait to make a deposit at your local dealer if you're interested.

Vehicle Summary

With old-fashioned, three-pedal manual gearboxes having been purged from the Prancing Horse lineup, the 458 is the purest form of sports car that the Scuderia offers. Its direct-injected 4.5-liter V-8 makes 562 hp and directs it to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Redlining at 9000 bellowing rpm, the engine pushes the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, while the droptop Spider takes 3.5 seconds. Top speed is 202 mph and 198 mph, respectively. The Spider's body is 30 percent less rigid than the coupe's, however, with no change in the car's spring rates, making the coupe, arguably, the driver's 458. With its magnetorheological dampers (which, yes, it shares with Cadillac and Corvette), the 458 corners as if each tire has negotiated its exclusion from the laws of physics, demonstrating razor-sharp reflexes and chassis balance unimaginable ten years ago.


Ferrari unveiled its replacement for the F430 at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2009. It's without a doubt the most serious "driver's" Ferrari, aside from the ultra-exclusive, ultra-high-tech La Ferrari. Its mid-engine configuration puts the V-8 in the right spot for low polar moments of inertia (read: supreme handling characteristics), and Ferrari boasts that the Spider is the first mid-engine car with a retractable hard top.

You'll like:

  • Performance
  • Sharp, balanced handling
  • Being part of, as well as envied by, the tifosi

You won't like:

  • No manual gearbox option
  • Not as civilized as bigger Ferraris
  • Team's recent Formula 1 struggles

Key Competitors

  • Audi R8 V10
  • McLaren MP4-12C
  • Lamborghini Gallardo 550-2
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT
Exotics Racing Ferrari 458 Front View 9
“Go, go, go!” My instructor implores as I unwind the wheel, flat-foot the throttle, and point the car toward the main straightaway. The Ferrari 458 Italia’s 570 horses are in full prance mode as I head for turn three on the 1.2-mile circuit. “Hard on the brakes. Start turning it into the apex. Back on the gas now!”
2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale Front Three Quarters
BOLOGNA, ITALY -- I’ve spent the afternoon roaring up and down a series of switchbacks scything through the rolling hills of Emilia-Romagna. The view out my windshield – postcard blue sky and picturesquely dilapidated farmhouses dotting improbably green pastures – looks like a Baroque Carracci landscape. Lunch was homemade tagliatelle at a roadside trattoria, and I’m heading to what promises to be a three-hour, 10,000-calorie dinner in Maranello. Frankly, I’d be having a hell of a time even if I were behind the wheel of a pipsqueak Fiat Panda. As it happens, I’m driving a Ferrari. And not just any Ferrari, but a 458. And not just any 458, but a brand-new 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale .

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2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Specifications

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4.5L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
13 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
17 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
  • 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
Unlimited miles / 84 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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