Ferrari unveils 458 Italia special edition to mark its 20th anniversary in China

Article by Christian A., on April 10, 2012

As you may know already Ferrari released few years ago the special 599 GTB Special Edition and it appears that China is so important for the Italian manufacturer as it revealed a special edition of the 458 Italia. The new Ferrari 458 Italia special edition will mark brand’s 20th anniversary since it sold the first car in China, a 348 TS, and will be build in a limited edition of just 20 cars dedicated exclusively to the China market.

According to Ferrari, the new car is characterised by unique Chinese elements and is finished in a brand new color called Marco Polo Red. This colour was specially developed for this model and it will be first seen at the inauguration of the Ferrari Exhibition at the Shanghai Expo Park’s Italian Center.

The 458 Italia special edition was inspired by the longma theme which is an old Chinese idiom which means “the vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse”. As you may know already, the dragon is a symbol of Chinese culture and represents courage, passion and success.

This symbol is found on the front bonnet, where a golden dragon is seen which is offset by gold and black livery stripes symbolising a racing track. This means that on the front hood we have two symbols, a soaring dragon and the prancing horse, reflecting both Chinese culture as well as Ferrari’s constant innovation.

The design is completed by the golden wheels and the aeroelastic winglets. At the interior, the unique longma spirit and the celebration of Chinese culture is highlighted with gold embroidery on the car’s head rests.

Moreover, the engine start button is inscribed with the simplified Chinese characters for ‘start’, and a ‘20th Anniversary Special Edition’ plaque is set into the dash. Under the hood, we find the same 4.5-liter V8 engine delivering 570 hp, capable to push the 458 Italia from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and to a maximum speed of over 325 km/h or 201 mph.

Each Ferrari is in fact an innovation by definition, and in the history of the Prancing Horse, certain ones were a real departure from the current models. This is very much so with the Ferrari 458 Italia, which makes leaps and bounds from the previous mid-rear engine sports cars.

A combination of creativity, style, passion, and modern technology, this new model exemplifies the character that Italy is so well-known for. This is why Ferrari included its homeland’s name to the tradition of a figure for displacement and cylinder number.

A new car from every angle, the Ferrari 458 Italia redefined its handling, design, engine, aerodynamics, and instruments, just as a start.

The Ferrari 458 Italia is a two-seater berlinetta and, as is traditional for Ferrari's road cars, sees the benefits from its Formula 1 time. This is evident particularly in the car’s precision and speed and precision when responding to the driver and in focused attention on reducing the engine’s internal friction for lower fuel consumption than the Ferrari F430, even though there is an increase in overall displacement and power. Track experience also is felt in the Ferrari 458 Italia from technology and from the emotion created from the symbiosis developed between car and driver.

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