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How is the AC in 458s or California Ts

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  1. BilWilVegas

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    Seems like a silly question, I know . . . but I live in Las Vegas and it gets HOT here. I have an old (2011) Maserati Quattroporte, which I love, but the AC is weak at best and never gets the car cooled down sufficiently in the summer heat. I rarely drive the car in summer months because of this. I recently opened up some space in the garage and am considering adding a 458 or a California T.

    Can anyone give me real world experience on the AC in either of these models? Do they do a great job of cooling the driver compartment?

    Thanks in advance for any insights or feedback you can provide me.

    Bill
     
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  3. dgoldenz94

    dgoldenz94 Karting

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    Don’t know about the 458 or Cali T but the AC in my FF was ice cold even during the summer and I live in Vegas too
     
  4. whatheheck

    whatheheck F1 Rookie
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    I have a 2016 Cali T. It reached 83F here in Seattle area today and the A/C cools the cabin really well with no problem at all.
     
  5. PMiranda

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    I haven’t had it out in a hot summer day yet, but on a mid 80’s sunny spring day that melted food in the car my 458 seemed to keep up well.
     
  6. Shark01

    Shark01 F1 Rookie

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    Yes

    I cannot imagine the last time Ferrari had an inadequate AC system, maybe the early 90s? For a Lamborghini, it's easy....the AC in my '99 Diablo is a joke. Not a problem for me since I never put the top on anyway but it's still funny for a $300k+ car. But the pros still heavily outweigh the cons for that car.
     
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  8. dgunn365

    dgunn365 Karting

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    Driving a black 458 Italia coupe in CA and the a/c works.
     
  9. mark_2

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    A few summers ago I drove a 2016 California T for five and a half hours on the highway with outdoor temperatures between 95 and 100 degrees. About 90 minutes of this trip was in very heavy stop and go traffic. Was very pleased to find that the air conditioning worked perfectly the entire time keeping the car very cool, and that the engine temperature stayed in a safe operating range without overheating.


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  10. Spezia

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    I have a 458 and live at altitude in the mountains where the sun's UV rays are pretty intense and the cabin can really heat up.
    So far my only comment on the A/C would be that the fan switch settings are somewhat crudely stepped and that to get enough
    AC the fan needs to be on higher settings which can be get pretty loud. It does blow cold though.
     
  11. TheMayor

    TheMayor Eight Time F1 World Champ
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    I had a 458 coupe and then a 458 spider in Vegas.

    The 458 coupe was no problem. The 458 spider was only adequate with the top down. Part of the problem is the air vents can't point to your face so you don't get much direct airflow. Aside from that, its not an issue.

    The 458 spider also has a little less airflow because the ducting is smaller than the coupe. I'm guessing its because they needed to beef up the windshield area which made the internal air ducts a bit smaller than the coupe.

    Because I owned both, I could tell the difference. But top up it didn't matter.

    Remember that the cabin of a 458 is a lot smaller with less glass area than a standard car. It cools faster and easier.
     
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  13. BilWilVegas

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    Thank you all for these replies. Makes me feel a lot better about moving forward in this search.

    Thanks!

    Bill
     
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  14. robstand

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    The AC in my '15 Cali T is great. I just can't figure out what all the little symbols mean. :D
     
  15. technom3

    technom3 F1 Veteran
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    458 ac is pretty good ..m it's 111 degrees in phx right now. Lol.

    It isn't Chevy truck meat locker cold but it's better than some cars and SUVs I've owned
     
  16. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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  17. SCantera

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    One thing that can help for the hot climates is to have a clear film applied to your glass. Sure you can get tinted film. But if you don't like that look I believe 3M makes a film that will help w/ heat gain from direct sun. A fellow FL FChat member has done this to his BBi and claims it makes a big difference in the efficiency of the a/c. The Boxers have poorly designed a/c ducting. The 3 main vents are on the top of the dash. While they cool the windshield they don't do much for the driver. Something to consider in the hotter climes.
     
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  18. SCantera

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  19. dgoldenz94

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    I just got back from driving in the 120 degree heat in Vegas and AC worked just fine. Now if only we could turn the sun down a few notches...
     
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  20. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Yep, I got pretty dark Xpel on the sides and top of the windshield, and a light level tint on the cabin window that faces the engine. Nothing on the engine cover itself. Third car in a row with them, always worth it.

    About $600-650 for the nano ceramic, but they will definitely fix it if it bubbles or the edges aren't perfect.
     
  21. HardTen

    HardTen Formula 3
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    I drive my 458 Spider and our Cali T all summer in the North Texas heat. I drove the T yesterday afternoon and the temperature while driving was over 100 F and absolutely no issues with the AC. Somewhere on here I posted a picture last year when I rolled over 10K on my 458 Spider and I think the temp on the display was 110. I’ve not had any issues with the AC in either car.
     
  22. jahdish

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    I am in Tampa, Fl and this time of the year we are consistently low-mid 90's along with high humidity. I find the AC in my 458 to be more than adequate for the weather here. I would however love some air conditioned seats. Wishful thinking
     
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