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  1. 338Lapua

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    Kirk - I have not driven a 488 unfortunately. Sorry.

    I agree, it would be a good comparison but considering that we just got 5"-8" snow, I don't think the dealer will let me test drive one!
     
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  2. Cigarzman

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    Gotcha , I hope someone has driven both and post a comparison.
     
  3. PhilNotHill

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    I keep the top down 99% of the time. Only time l put it up is when in a public parking space.

    My Audi S5 convertible has this feature up to 31 mph. Only use it when rain pops up. This very rarely happens with the 458 as if there is more than a 20% chance of rain l take the Audi. Reason is l try to keep washing the 458 to a minimum. I like to keep it looking perfect. It is a daily driver...a clean daily driver. :)

    It doesn’t rain much in Colorado. 14” of rain a year. Sun shines 300+ days a year. Most precip is in winter when 458 is stored from April to November.
     
  4. buddyg

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    Lexan is a polycarbonate resin thermoplastic. In a nutshell, what that means is that it’s a solid substance that can deform in extreme heat (typically 147 degrees Celsius, or 297 degrees Fahrenheit) and whose molecules are comprised of repeating subunits. Lexan is but one of a family of thermoplastics whose main claim to fame is in its ability to undergo significant deformation without cracking of breaking. What’s more, when fully formed, the polycarbonate sheet boasts an impact strength 250 times greater than that of glass and 30 times greater than that of acrylic (a similar thermoplastic). This strength and flexibility has made Lexan sheet an indispensable material for a wide variety of manufacturers, as very few materials can claim Lexan’s transformative ability along with its outstanding heat and impact resistance.
     
  5. Solid State

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    google search:

    Pros of Lexan:


    • Higher level of impact resistance (250 times the impact resistance of glass)
    • Less rigidity than acrylic and can be bought in flexible grades
    • Can handle temperatures up to 240 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Highly resistant to acids and other chemicals such as gasoline
    • Can be drilled without worry of cracking
    • Can be cold formed or bent without heating
    • Low level of flammability
    Cons of Lexan:

    • Easier to scratch
    • More expensive in comparison to acrylic
    • Poorer clarity, cannot be polished to restore clarity
    • Can be yellowed over time by UV rays
    • Low level of resistance to abrasive cleaners and surfaces
    • Can be dented easily
     
  6. JTSE30

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    Additional "Pro" of Lexan :
    WEIGHT savings over glass, somewhere between 30% to 50% the weight of an equivalent piece of glass depending how thick the glass would of been for the same result...

    ref:
    https://www.plastics4performance.com/faq
     
  7. Astrid.Didier

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  8. tekaefixe

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    You can buy the thingy for the 458, I have one so no draw backs.
     
  9. MarkTodd

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    You what to make sure you clean it with Plexus Plastic Cleaner/Polish
     
  10. Il Co-Pilota

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    I know. I was speaking from a stock perspective. But it's a nice addition for any of them really.
     
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    You can also add a film. I'm curious as a spare part the price of it.
     
  12. buddyg

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    So I got my pricing back and nearly fell out of my chair. Need to make some big chops to get the price down!
     
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  13. Jo Sta7

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    do you mind sharing?
     
  14. Il Co-Pilota

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    ? I thought they were a bargain next to a Pista. Maybe not after all.

    What are the pricey options?
     
  15. buddyg

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    Options
    Color Option Name Code Price
    Scuderia Shields LOGO 1,856
    Matte Black Around Windsheild COLL 1,266
    Nero Two Tone Paint BIC2 11,812
    Standard Wheels
    Yellow Caliper CALY 1,519
    Titanium Wheel Bolts TIWN 1,687
    Carbon Boot Trim CERB 2,531
    Titanium Exhaust Pipes EXAT 2,531
    Engine Cover in Carbon CEL2 7,931
    Carbon Fiber Front Spoiler FCWS 7,593
    Front Bumper Insert Carbon CEAI 3,375
    Front Airvent Carbon CEXG 4,219
    Underdoor in Carbon CEXS 8,606
    Side Air Splitter in Carbon CEIS 3,712
    Rear Diffuser in Carbon CEXD 11,812
    Full Electric Seats RSFE 8,268
    Style Seats STYL 3,037
    Yellow Tach RPMY 0
    Red Rings on Air Vents RVEN 0
    Nero Colored Mats with Logo FLMA 1,350
    Italian Flag on Rear FLAG
    Nero Stitching STC2 844
    Nero Horse Stitched Headrest EMPH 1,266
    Red Belts CSB1 928
    Carbon Drivers Zone CIDL 7,593
    Racing Paddles in Carbon CFPA 1,687
    Carbon Central Bridge CILR 2,869
    Carbon Inner Door Handle CIDH 4,219
    Exterior Sill Kick in Carbon CISK 2,025
    Dashboard Inserts in Carbon DATR 6,750
    Carbon Upper Tunnel CITZ 4,050
    Carbon Door Panels CIPZ 6,918
    PAC1 0
    Advanced Front Driving Camera FCAM 0
    Front Camera and Sensors PAR2 1,519
    Suspension Lifter ELEV 5,062
    Adaptive Headlight System AFS1 2,531
    Premium JBL Sound System SNDH 6,243
    Garage Doors HOLK 1,350
    Italian Buttons 1,687
    Rosso Ferrari Steering Grips STWE 844
    Italian Flag 4,219
    Total Options: 145,709
    Base MSRP + Gas Guzzler + Transportation 275,280
    TOTAL MSRP 420,989
     
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  16. buddyg

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    The black roof I can have wrapped that’s $12,000 right off the top.
     
  17. Il Co-Pilota

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    That's a lot of carbon...
     
  18. Il Co-Pilota

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    What about the exhaust tips and wheel bolts? I believe the Hill Engineering ti bolts are like a third of the price. The exhaust tips? It's not a titanium exhaust. I'm sure Fabspeed and others will have titanium tips shortly. They are usually less than half. Just something to think about.
     
  19. Shadowfax

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    I'd pay the 12 and drop some of the exterior carbon. A wrapped roof cheapens the whole car and looks crap on a car of this value. You could always wrap the sills but even then I'd have them painted as well and clear film over that. Just get a paint shop to match the sills in nero for a fraction of the cost Ferrari charge. I will never understand why anyone would pay so much for a car only to then put cheap looking vinyl on the roof...crazy..
     
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  20. jm2

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    +6% sales tax? :eek:
     
  21. buddyg

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  22. Shadowfax

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    #122 Shadowfax, Nov 12, 2019
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    No comment. I understand the concept though. But on a spider body the black roof kinda doesn't work for me at all. Thankfully the look is subjective. The two tone looks much better on a coupe IMO....so long as it's paint though. Vinyl is a big no no for me on a car of this value as it conflicts with the core values of car. Maybe if it were a Nissan or something you could get away with it but a Ferrari? Hmm not so sure about that.
     
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  23. Coincid

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    Delete exterior cf, upgraded stereo, titanium bolts, Italian flag and price is reduced by $60k.
     
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  24. C50

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    I'd also vote to cut the boot carbon.
    Engine carbon is quite nice however.
     
  25. buddyg

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    Those are definitely under consideration.
     

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