Ferrari 458 Italia Facelift will drop the naturally-aspirated V8 in favor of a turbo 3.8 V8 engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 2, 2014

The Ferrari 458 Italia was introduced back in 2009, which means that the stylish Italian sports car needs a facelift. According to Car Magazine, the Ferrari 458 Italia will receive a mid-life facelift in 2015 but the Italian carmaker is preparing something big. It appears that the 458 Italia will drop the 4.5-liter V8 in favor of a turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine, same used by the Ferrari California T.

If the 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 delivers 570 hp and 540 Nm of torque, the new turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 is expected to arrive with 670 hp. On the California T, the new 3.8-liter engine delivers 552 hp and 755 Nm of torque.

As a result, the California T accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds. The Ferrari 458M will be even faster as the current model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds, while top speed is in excess of 325 km/h or 202 mph.

In addition, the Ferrari 458M will also receive the latest technology. Still, we don’t know the name of the new vehicle. It could be 458M, where ‘M’ stands for ‘Modificada’ or Italian for ‘modified’. But just like the new California T, the new vehicle could arrive as the 458 T.

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