THE Ferrari 458 Italia
The Ferrari 458 Italia is Ferrari’s newest and hottest supercar. The 570 horsepower 458 Italia is powered by a high revving 4.5 liter V8 that is mated to Ferrari’s new dual clutch 7 speed paddle shift gearbox. This new engine and gearbox combination rocket ships the 458 from 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and lets the 458 achieve a top speed of 202 mph.
The Ferrari 458 engine is an entirely new design engineered to reach a maximum of 9,000 rpm – a first on a road car with this cylinder capacity – with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio and a maximum power output of 570 bhp. The piston compression height was reduced as per racing engine practice, and thinner compression rings have been adopted to minimise friction between piston and liner.
As is traditional for Ferrari engines, the new V8 is equipped with continuously variable timing on both inlet and exhaust cams, and the aluminium intake manifold has been lightened by reducing the wall thickness.
One of the important novelties on the 458 Italia is the introduction of the 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox which guarantees faster yet smoother changes. The 458 Italia’s suspension has a more direct steering ratio (11.9° compared to the F430′s 16.9°, a reduction of 30 per cent) which makes for quicker and more responsive steering on both road and track.