Ferrari 458 Italia | Video | Ferrari video

Published: 29 July 2009

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Yesterday we brought you the first official pictures of the new Ferrari 458 Italia. Today we bring you 458 Italia video footage inside the cabin of Ferrari’s new V8 and a short clip of it being driven on track.

The new 4.5-litre V8 Italia will be launched in the UK in spring 2010 and is likely to wear a price tag somewhere between the outgoing F430 (£140k) and the Scuderia (£170k). Call it a nice round £160,000 – we can’t remember any new Ferrari in recent years costing less than its predecessor. Especially when the replacement is so much more powerful.

Ferrari 458 Italia: the video

The new Italia is much closer to the Scuderia in performance. It’ll surpass 202mph and hit 62mph in ‘less than 3.4 seconds’, says Ferrari. Hear the direct-injection V8 wail in our short official Ferrari Italia video (courtesy of Autoblog, upgrade to latest Flash player if any problems viewing) – and those rifle-bolt gearchanges suggest that Maranello has worked further magic with its seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox as seen on the California.

A couple of extra technical factoids have emerged overnight. It’s anorak territory, but Ferrari says:

The new E-diff integrated into the gearbox means the rear transaxle now weighs 4kg less than the Scuderia’s
The 458 Italia’s torsional rigidity is 12% stiffer than the F430
The downforce at 300kph (186mph) adds around a quarter of the car’s mass 315kg – 35kg more than the F430 and 5 kilos over a Scuderia’s aero pack

>> Click here for the full story and reaction to the Ferrari 458 California

>> Click here for a potted history of Ferrari’s entry-level sports cars

 

     

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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