The 2015 Ferrari 458 Italia is a rear-drive mid-engine supercar powered by a high-revving 4.5-liter V-8 rated at 562 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque that’s paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Since this is a purpose-built performance car, gas mileage isn’t a strong suit at 13/17 mpg city/highway. The 458 Italia will be replaced by the 488 GTB for the 2016 model year.
Handling is a strong point thanks to an impeccably-tuned chassis setup with magnetic shocks that have multiple adjustments and an electronic differential mounted in the rear axle. Ride quality is firm due to the car’s emphasis on performance but drivers can adjust the suspension for more compliance. The 458 Italia accelerates with authority thanks to its powerful V-8 engine, which revs willingly and quickly up to 9,000 rpm, and a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission. Its steering feel is another strong point since it had plenty of feel and didn’t disconnect the driver from the front wheels.
Buyers are also able to personalize their cars, since the Ferrari 458 Italia offers plenty of customization options including two-tone leather and Alcantara upholsteries, carbon fiber exterior accents, different wheel designs, safety belts in multiple colors, and performance upgrades such as a sport exhaust system and suspension lifter. There are also multiple seat choices ranging from standard to carbon fiber racing buckets.
What We Think
The Ferrari 458 Italia is an excellent supercar thanks to its impeccable chassis, responsive steering and high-revving V-8, which make it rewarding to drive especially on a track or a twisty road. During our 2011 Best Driver’s Car evaluations, we said that the car is “extremely well-balanced” with “super-accurate” steering and had plenty of grip even under power. Additionally, its quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission pairs well with the high-revving V-8, enabling it to put power down efficiently.