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Latest model: Ferrari 458 Italia 2011
Ferrari 458 Italia 2011While it's true that each Ferrari is high-tech by definition, it's equally true that in the course of the Prancing Horse's history, certain vehicles have marked a genuine departure from the current range. This is very much the case with the Ferrari 458 Italia, which is a massive leap forward from the company's previous mid-rear engined sports vehicles.

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The new model is a synthesis of style, creative flair, passion and cutting-edge technology, characteristics for which Italy as a nation is well-known. For this reason Ferrari chose to add the name of its homeland to the conventional figure representing the displacement and number of cylinders.

The Ferrari 458 Italia is a completely new vehicle from each point of view: motor, layout, aerodynamics, handling, instrumentation and ergonomics, just to name a few.

A two-seater berlinetta, the Ferrari 458 Italia, as is now conventional for all Ferrari's road-going vehicles, benefits hugely from the company's Formula 1 experience. This is particularly evident in the speed and precision with which the vehicle responds to driver inputs and in the attention focused on reducing internal friction in the motor for lower fuel consumption than the Ferrari F430, despite the fact that both overall displacement and performance have increased. However, Ferrari's track experience makes its presence felt in the Ferrari 458 Italia not only in terms of pure technological transfer but also on a more emotional level, because of the strong emphasis on creating an almost symbiotic relationship between driver and vehicle. The Ferrari 458 Italia features an high-tech driving environment with a new kind of helm and dash that is the direct result of racing practice. Once again input from Michael Schumacher - who was involved from the very start of the Ferrari 458 Italia project - played an invaluable part.