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Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by buddyg, Sep 18, 2017.
How quick is that?
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So....as I have said before...I LOVE my F430 Spider Planned on keeping for a very long time..love the looks, the side scoops, the glorious sound, the perfect throttle response, etc. But, sounds like if I were to ever test drive a 458, I would likely change my tune? You guys are all making this car really (really) sound desirable. darn you!!
Anyway, does anyone that have one wish that the side view had more going on? there's not one scoop / air intake anywhere....(or maybe that is part of the appeal?...)
Part of the appeal, personally. Smooth, flowing lines.
From a purely aerodynamic standpoint, the fact that the 458, a 200mph plus car, doesn’t have side scoops and/or ailerons to generate the downforce it needs to stick to the road, is a work of art.
The car is timless, straight up timeless and classic. A moment in time has frozen when you look at that car and realize time stoof still at the best possible moment.... Also, 488 same idea here, faster but different sound.
I wonder which was works better... If the 488 didn't get turbo's would they have kept the 458 side design....
How do you do this?
I had the dealer pull the vacuum plugs. Cost about $135 and is reversible does not effect warranty.
Great thread, loving everyone’s passion for the car.
I bought mine in July last year and had a couple of good months driving before the weather turned, looking out my window at the snow while I type I simply can’t wait for Spring to come to better acquaint myself with this fabulous car.
Spent all my days in and out of various Porsches, have done the typical track days and driver events with Maccas and Lambos etc and to me for my own personal tastes and experiences nothing comes close to my 458 for sheer enjoyment.
My list of likes:
1. Taking a minute out my busy day to pop my head into the garage to see my 458 sitting there, reminds me why I work hard and takes any stress away
2. Even when not driving it brings a smile to your face just to see it, even washing it is a good experience
3. When driving the smile gets even bigger!!
4. I have a 2011 and when u figure out the media etc in the car and using Bovee the car is reasonably modern. Suits my needs anyway.
5. Like the indicators, wipers and other functions on steering wheel, miss them when I drive my Macan daily.
6. As Ferrari’s are fairly rare where I live the reaction from people seeing this work of art on the road has been very Positive
7. The sound
8. The sound
9. Race mode and the sound
10. The bucket seats, looks and comfort
11. Stylish, clean, spacious and modern interior
12. The engine bay
13. One of Ferraris finest (know every other model owner might disagree with that one!)
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Have to LOL every time the 488 and Pista crowd says those turbo cars sound “awesome!”.
I own my 458 7 years now.If i Look into my garage ,i Love it. This is Magic
At 75 years old, the 458 has the perfect amount of HP. I can cruise around or put it in Race Mode and step on it and have a reasonable amount of time to react to what is going on around me. I love the rather simple lines and as I have said in previous posts, the grigio titanio paint allows me to fly a little under the radar.
If this were 25 years ago, I would probably think a little differently. This is the perfect Ferrari mid-engined car for me.
I am currently looking for a nice Dino.
0-60 in 7+ seconds isn't exactly quick, but having owned four of them in my lifetime, I can say the driving experience with the 5-speed and the mid engined 6 is pretty stellar. The hard part is finding a car that has been well cared for. Having owned multiple Dino's, even when purchased new, didn't guarantee freedom from multiple frustrations. No doubt those still exist and are probably worse due to age, but the styling is incredible, the sound is utterly unique and the driving experience is really amazing.
This may sound silly, but when I see it all covered up with it's red cover with the prancing horse, I run my hands along the tail and sides and just smile knowing I've caught a wild stallion and have it right here ready to go whenever I want.
I agree kept the F8 in the upper garage this Winter so every time I left for work there she was under her blanket. I would go stroke her ass from time to time.
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Haven't owned one. Have been in one. Agree with the sound, particularly with a Novitec exhaust. In addition, for a 11 year old car/platform, still looks very good to today's standards. It is a beautiful design and in my opinion, will go down as one of the best well rounded cars in modern history.
i wish bought it 5-10 years ago. now too outdated and a bit underpowered to go and buy.
still a great car.
You can only drive so fast on most roads . It slow ish by today’s standards but who drives ten tenths everywhere unless tracking . If tracking just grab a 720 and be done
I think there are more of us than you might think, who fairly often dip into the full power. This is why we get used to it and why the old cars start to feel slow.
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Yeah, on public roads, it's a hair over 4 seconds to a lost license - at least here in NA. I love the intangibles, not the speed.
So I am a very, very visual guy. Thank God I married a hottie...LOL! Back on point though...
Given my persona, I thought I'd share a few things about the car I have noticed visually in the first month of ownership.
1) The most amazing lines in this car are where the rear quarter panel top line comes down to meet the top of the door handle, while the front quarter panel does the same thing but meets it below the handle. It makes the door handle look like a flying bullet cutting through air. You've seen a video of it I'm sure. Regardless, those lines make the entire car for me and I find myself standing behind the taillight every night every night just looking at those lines. Thank you Pininfarina!!!
2) Looking through the side mirrors on either side, the rear fenders look MASSIVE and they actually look like they are above the mirrors (maybe they are). It really makes it feel like you are in a race car. I know side mirrors are for checking traffic but I find myself staring at those badass fenders when I am sitting at a stop light. LOL. I also love this look from the mirrors of my Porsche 993 Twin Turbo, but the Ferrari is a bit more dramatic.
3) The two body lines you see when looking in the rear view mirror. They are so subtle outside of the car you barely notice them, but in the rear view mirror they just look cool!
4) The front fenders from the cockpit remind me of my 1981 911. Totally different design, but pronounced humps that you can see at any angle as a driver and I love it! My Audi R8 showed you basically nothing in front of you as it all sloped downward. I loved that car, but this is so much more visually stimulating.
5) Taillights. Classic Ferrari. I love it.
6) The rear decklid...The coupe has the window which is killer, but given mine is a spider I will comment on that. Without glass, Ferrari made the most of the design. The body lines for the humps behind the seats allow the body lines to imitate the coupe and give us the hardtop, but the sloping lines down the back half of the car that ultimately go into the air intakes are incredible. Just an amazing design.
I'll stop there, but those are my favorite visuals of this car.
Other than visual cues, my favorites are:
1) Driving in auto/race mode. I love when the car thinks for you and downshifts for you like you are about to turn in and try to hit an apex! Amazing.
2) 9,000 RPM's. Enough said. Shrieks like a dragon.
3) Super fast shifting with the dual clutch.
4) The controls. Admittedly hard to get used to, but once you do, it's awesome having 95% of all controls on the steering wheel!
That's my .02!!!
Back in January 2013 I was handed the keys to a 2012 458 Fly Yellow Coupe. It was the first Ferrari I had ever driven. After that 20 minute rip around the Georgia farm roads, I was hooked.
February 2020 I was able to purchase a 2013 458 Bianco Fuji Spider.
To quote the original Top Gear, “it just gives me the fizz”
I had a 991 GT3 and though more capable, doesn’t come close to the emotional attachment. Maybe this one is because it was my first and I have some romantic notion that I can’t shake.
I know their are more capable cars. I know there are faster cars. But this one does it. Just can’t shake that grin. Looking forward to spring ....
As for specifics; I agree with most here. The sound. The lines. The dual personality, I agree she can cruise just as well as go crazy.
Being a Spider, lowering the rear window is he hands down best option on the car. Getting to listen to that motor front and center. Awesome awesome awesome.
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My favorite thing about the 458 is that I just bought one!!!
Had a 430 Spider - Loved it!
Now I'm getting a 458 spider - Going to love it!!!
Rear deck lid of the spider is drop dead sexy.
I think it depends what you want from a car
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