The Ferrari 458 Italia has won Autovisie's "Supertest", the leading Dutch automobile magazine's traditional year-end group test designed to identify the best driver's car of the year. This rigorous supercar test included timed laps of the Folembray circuit in the North of France. The Ferrari 458 Italia recorded the fastest lap time with experienced Dutch racing driver Peter Kox behind the wheel.
The magazine revealed that the Ferrari 458 Italia "excelled" on the circuit. It added that on the public road, the vehicle "surprised with the ease with which its enormous speed potential can be used."
Since the Ferrari 458 Italia was launched, it has bagged at least 35 global awards. Among the most recent of these awards are the Auto Motor und Sport 'Best Sports Car', 'World Performance Car of the Year 2011' and Motor Trend's '2011 Best Driver's Car.'
Its 4.5-litre V8 engine has also been honored as the "Best Performance Engine' and "Best Engine over 4 litres" during the renowned 2011 International Engine of the Year Awards.
The all-new Pininfarina design of the Ferrari 458 Italia encompasses a compact and aerodynamic form conveying simplicity, lightness, and efficiency. And as with every Ferrari vehicle, the 458 Italia's styling is greatly influenced by aerodynamic efficiency requirements, which can be seen in the downforce of 140 kg at 200km/h delivered by the new model.
The car features a single opening for its front grille as well as its side air intakes, and its aerodynamic sections and profiles are designed to lead air to the coolant radiators and to the new flat underbody. Its nose also boasts small aeroelastic winglets that generate downforce and that deform in order to cut drag as its speed rises.
Powering the car is the new 4499 cc V8, which is Ferrari’s first direct-injection engine that you have to mid-rear mount. It also has a low piston compression height, which is typical of racing engines and which helps it achieve a compression ratio of 12.5:1. What’s more, with its conventional flat-plane crankshaft, the car’s engine generates 570 CV at 9000 rpm.
It also boasts an exceptional power output of 127 CV/liter, setting a new benchmark for the entire market segment. Another figure worth noting is the maximum torque of 540 Nm at 6000 rpm, of which over 80% is available from 3250 rpm. Meanwhile, specific torque is at 120 Nm/liter. What is really extraordinary, though, is the torque available while it is still maintaining high power levels at low revs.
Typically Ferrari as well is the car’s soundtrack – which is a powerful growl from the engine before it is channeled out from the three rear tailpipes of the exhaust.
The Ferrari 458 Italia also has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that gives an increased performance as it provides smooth shifts while running. Kudos also to the company’s engineers, who were able to develop more athletic gear ratios that match the torque curves and the power of the new V8 engine. This, in turn, guarantees high torque even if engine speeds are lower, and allows the car to reach maximum speed while in top gear.
When it comes to reducing emissions, the new Ferrari can be considered a huge leap forward. While the new car’s engine is significantly more powerful compared to the V8s of its predecessors, it delivers 320 g/km of CO2 and its fuel consumption is 13.7 l/100 km, which is considered to be the best in the segment.