Ferrari 458 Italia 2015

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This new Ferrari is also a major leap forward when it comes to cutting emissions. Despite the fact that the new engine is significantly more powerful than the V8s that preceded it, the Ferrari 458 Italia produces just 320 g/km of CO2 and fuel consumption is 13.7 l/100 km (combined cycle), the best in the entire segment. The engineers also focused on weight reduction during the design phase for similar reasons. Consequently, the Ferrari 458 Italia has a dry weight of 1380 kg with a power-to-weight ratio of 2.42 kg/CV. Weight distribution is also optimal with 58 per cent over the rear axle. The result of the engineers’ endeavours can be summed up in to two simple statistics which together perfectly encapsulate the Ferrari 458 Italia’s exceptional performance: 0-100 km/h acceleration in under 3.4 seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 325 km/h.

The V8 was enlarged from 4.3L in the F430 to 4.5L, with power and torque increasing as a result. The redline was set all the way up at 9,000 rpm, and direct fuel injection was added for the first time to a mid-engined Ferrari. The 7-Speed Getrag gearbox shifted through the gears faster than ever, setting new benchmarks for responsiveness. During development, Ferrari brought in then retired Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher to help with the setup of the car. This resulted in most of the typical control buttons and switches being placed on the steering wheel, just like a racing car. This enables the driver to keep their hands on the wheel at all times, though removing common things like indicator stalks was a little odd and confusing for some at first.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Engine: 4.5L V8
Weight: 1,498 kg / 3,302 lbs
Power: 419 kW / 561 hp / 570 PS
0-100 kph: 3.4 seconds
Torque: 540 Nm / 398 lb-ft
Top Speed: 325 kph / 202 mph

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