I think I am in love…

Much to the chagrin of my father, a lover of american muscle cars, I have been a Ferrari lover for nearly 30 years.

I have become smitten with the latest Ferrari, the 458 Italia. The F458 is set to be debuted September 8th at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The latest Ferrari is a master piece. As fabled Ferrari folklore defines its heritage as a 4.5 liter with 8 cylinders from where else Italia.

I think it’s gorgeous.

Ferrari 458 Italia side front

The Italian car designer Pininfarina has created a car body design that is aggressively beautiful as well as contributing to high performance aerodynamic s required of a car of this performance. In addition Ferrari claims more racing technology was included in this model than any other previous Ferraris including the Enzo.

As always Ferrari doesn’t disappoint in the performance arena either. The car boasts a 4.5-liter V8 pumping out 562 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. Eighty percent of the 398 lb-ft torque is available at a very low 3250 rpm. The top speed is reported at 202 mph making it the first volume produced Ferrari to top 200. Previous Ferraris to top 200 mph were more limited productions.

Other cool performance features include a screaming 9000 rpm redline as well as a power to weight ratio of one horsepower for every 5.41 pounds of weight and 0-60 mph times at around 3.42 seconds. And it’s got 7 gears.

Maybe someday when this blog and the other ones I have yet to start blows up I can afford one. Until then all I can do is dream.

Ferrari 458 Italia side

Ferrari 458 Italia – Technical specifications from Ferrari.com

Dimensions

Length 4527 mm (178.2 in.)

Width 1937 mm (76.3 in.)

Height 1213 mm (47.8 in.)

Wheelbase 2650 mm (104.3 in.)

Dry weight 1380 kg (3042 lbs)*

Weight/power ratio 2,42 kg/CV (7.16 lbs/kW)

Weight distribution fr/r 42%/58%

Engine

Type V8 – 90°

Displacement 4499 cc (274.5 cu in.)

Maximum power 570 CV (425 kW)** @ 9000 rpm

Maximum torque 540 Nm (398 lbs/ft) @ 6000 rpm

Specific power output 127 CV/l

Compression ratio 12.5:1

Tires

Front 235/35 ZR20 8.5″

Rear 295/35 ZR20 10.5″

Performance

Maximum speed >325 km/h (>202 mph)

0-100 km/h (62.5 mph) 3.42 seconds

Fuel consumption + emissions

Fuel consumption*** 13.7 l/100 km (3.63 gallons/62.5 miles or 17.23 mpg)

Emissions*** 320 g CO2/km

Gearbox

Dual-clutch, 7-speed F1

Electronics

E-Diff3, F1-Trac, high-performance ABS

* With forged wheels and Racing seats

** Including 5 CV of ram effect

*** Combined cycle (ECE+EUDC)

Ferrari 458 Italia top

Ferrari 458 Italia side rear

Ferrari 458 interior