Ferrari 458 Italia scale model priced at $5344

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 6, 2010

If you are in the market for a Ferrari 458 Italia but you were disappointed about the Italian car recall, you might consider this: a 1/8 scale model of the new sports vehicle which is cheaper and safer, than the real version.

This scale model is available in either red, yellow or black as standard but the manufacturer says that it can be fully personalized to suit individual specifications. Now take a look at the price: €4150 or $5344.

Now, why on earth you’d pay this amount of money for a scale model… Anyway, for those who don’t know, the Ferrari 458 Italia was launched back in 2009, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Ferari 458 Italia is powered by a 4499 cc mid rear-mounted V8 engine capable to deliver an impressive 578 hp at 9000 rpm and 540 Nm at 6000 rpm (over 80 per cent of which is available from 3250 rpm).

It produces 20 g/km of CO2 and fuel consumption is 13.7 l/100 km (combined cycle), rumored to be the best in the entire segment.

It has a dry weight of just 1380 kg with a power-to-weight ratio of 2.42 kg/hp and it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds while the top speed is in excess of 325 km/h (203 mph).

The V8 engine of the Ferrari 458 Italia is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that is designed to provide smooth and seamless shifting while increasing the car's performance.

This seven-speed dual-clutch transmission features specific sportier gear ratios designed to match the power and torque curves of the V8, thereby allowing drivers to harness high engine torque even during lower engine speeds. These ratios also enable the 458 Italia to achieve its maximum speed in top gear.

While the V8 that serves as the core of the 458 Italia is more powerful than its predecessor, it consumes less fuel (13.7 l/100 km combined cycle) and emits less carbon dioxide (320 g/km).

Interestingly, the 458 Italia's performance profile – more power, less consumption and less emissions – could also be attributed to the fact that the vehicle is light, with a dry weight of 1380 kg with a power-to-weight ratio of 2.42 kg/CV.

This is because Ferrari engineers took efforts to reduce the vehicle's weight during the design phase. This has allowed Ferrari to achieve an optimal weight distribution, with 58 percent leaning to the rear axle.

To make things lighter, the 458 Italia features a new aluminum chassis, featuring various advanced alloys made using aerospace industry-derived manufacturing methods and put together through aerospace industry-derived bonding techniques.

Overall, the engine prowess and the light body of the Ferrari 458 Italia have allowed it to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in under 3.4 seconds and reach a maximum speed of over 325 km/h.

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