The 458 and Special are now the last of the NA v-8s One can make a case that hypothetically these models are automatically made more special since they mark the end of Ferrari's V8 NA technology. But is this really the case? About eight years ago Ferrari made the switch to paddle shifting and many voiced the concern that the brand had turned their back on the customer. The 612/ 599, F430 and California (albeit only three manuals were made) were the last Ferraris which could be bought with a manual transmission. Today we can still ask if the manual shift cars are as sorely missed as they were years ago. Or has time made that debate irrelevant? Are customers asking for manual shift cars? Did Eric Claptons one off come with paddles? Or what about those one-off open top F12s--were any optioned with a manual shifter? The reason I pose this, has to do with the current hand wringing which seems to surrounds the new turbo v8. Somehow, I think that time will again prove the doom-sayers wrong.