Driving The Italia 458

Recently I had the chance to get my hands on the Ferrari Italia 458, I wasn’t expecting to find it in the Exotic Racing line up in Las Vegas. As soon as I saw I had to get my hands on it, I booked it for as much as possible around the track. Last time I was there I drove the F430 Scuderia and I was impressed with that car, I didn’t know what to expect with the 458.

As soon as I got behind the wheel I saw that bright and lovely digital dial with so much information being presented and one big RPM. The instructor sitting to my right gave me the details of the car and told me what to do to get the most out of it. At first he had me driving in normal mode so the car won’t slip too much. A few laps around the track and he said I said driving it a bit too soft, I could push it on the corners, turn harder, it will hold. I tried going faster and faster, that car held really well, my blood got pumping around a few tight corners where I carried the speed really well. At one point the grin on my face was stuck and I was on a high, that car is amazing, the Italia was performs as good as it looks. It sounds so good as you throttle out of the corner and it hugs the corners so well, I had a few close mishaps but luckily the car did well even on the sportier setting. I still had traction control on and I loved driving it around the track, its a lovely experience for anyone. Italians know how to breed them.


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Ferrari 458 vs. Ducati 1198s

Italian vs. Italian! This has been a long time coming, and I love it! I’m happy that someone has gone ahead and did it!

“The Ducati is not as forgiving, make a mistake and it will bite you… hard”

Ducati 1198 – 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds

458vs1198s

I love Ducati, bikes are amazing machines, but the Ferrari 458 is one mean machine, Ferrari have perfected the Exotic Super Car! But even on the track with the right rider and driver, the Ducati beat the most menacing machine from the Italian Stable! 1 minute 19 seconds on the 1198s compared to the 1 minute 22 seconds in the 458. The one huge difference here is that any person can get behind the wheel and pushing this exotic supercar, but to push the 1198s you need to skills of a master to push it to its limit and any mistake is a risky one. Beautiful machines.

Italia 458

There has been lots of talk about the new Ferrari 458, if a picture is worth a 1000 words then I think a video can do a little better. Going to the track soon I know how some of those turns feels, but that machine is really looking good and at certain points its sending chills down my spine seeing how they are going around the corner and managing to drift that machine.

Ferrari 458 Italia

This has been a long time coming with all the rumors that have been flying around for the past 6 months, but I didn’t expect it to be this nice. Ferrari seems to be hitting the nail on the head with each new design and this one is no different except that it is an extremely fast machine. This time around things have changed, its sporting a seven speed dual clutch gear box mated to a 562 bhp 4.8 Liter V8 revving up to 9’000 rpm.

I really like what they have done the driver control area, feels like your in an F-22 Raptor not a normal car, at least Ferrari is accepting technology into their dash, and so many interesting controls. I really like the styling of the machine especially the rear of the 458, it looks very aggressive and the three pipe exhaust sounds great for a stock car, you can check out the video on the Autoblog website link below.

Link: Autoblog

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