Ferrari are the renowned Italian sports and supercar makers with the iconic yellow-backed Prancing Horse badge. Their cars are flamboyant, loud, and fast, and often in an eye-catching shade of red. The Ferrari 458 Italia was introduced in 2009 as the successor to the Ferrari F430 in the sports car category, and ran until 2015. This is a 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia from California with just 9,200 miles on the clock, making it an excellent choice for anyone seeking to scratch that Ferrari itch and own a contemporary example of their fine sports cars.
As with most Ferraris, the body was designed by renowned Italian design maestros Pininfarina, who penned the gorgeous lines of this 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia as well. It’s dressed in the iconic Ferrari red, also known as Rosso Corsa or Racing Red, with contrasting black five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone tires. Yellow brake calipers with Ferrari script on them add a further flash of color. The tan interior highlights the purely driver focused nature of Ferraris from this era. Although the cabin can seat two on electrically adjustable seats, there is nothing for the passenger to do other than select their preferred temperature on the dual-zone climate control, hold on and enjoy the ride (or scream in fear). The first thing the driver sees is the yellow-faced rev counter that is redlined at 9,000rpm and flanked by screens that show all other information, including infotainment. The chunky flat bottomed steering wheel features the engine start button and the ‘Manettino’ switch that allows the driver to select five drive modes, as well as buttons to control suspension damping, windshield wipers and turn signals. Gear selection is via paddles.
This 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia features, as the name suggests, a 4.5L (274ci) V8 engine. It’s a naturally aspirated powerplant that puts out 562hp at 9,000rpm and 398lb.ft at 6,000rpm with 80% of torque available at 3,250rpm to aid tractability in regular driving. The engine drives the rear wheels through a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with the aid of an E-diff and F1-Trac traction control system. Braking is via carbon ceramic calipers with ABS and a pre-fill function that primes the brakes by moving the calipers closer to the discs when the driver lifts off the gas pedal. The official performance figures are zero to sixty in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 210mph.
-Car Location: California