By Joe Bruzek on July 27, 2009
Looking for a new sports car to plaster on your computer’s desktop? You now have the all-new Ferrari 458 Italia, which will surely make co-workers ask, “What the heck is that?” The 458 Italia is a replacement for the current F430, Ferrari’s mid-engine V-8 sports car.
The 458 Italia has a few wild exterior features besides its already-Enzo-like appearance, including three exhaust tailpipes and winglets that create downforce, then deform at high speeds to reduce drag.
The Italia’s name comes from what’s under the skin: a 4.5-liter V-8 that makes around 560 hp and 398 pounds-feet of torque. The F430 made 490 hp out of its 4.3-liter V-8, and despite the additional power and increased displacement of the new engine, Ferrari says it’s improved gas mileage as well.
You may remember the recently introduced Ferrari California. Well, Ferrari calls that a “sports car with a practical edge,” but the 458 is a road car designed for owners who want track-day capabilities. The 458 goes from zero to 60 mph in less than 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph. That should hold up well at the track, while the looks will ensure a space at the front of any valet line.
While pricing hasn’t been announced, the current F430 starts at $188,425 for the Berlinetta coupe.
Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Email Joe