Ferrari 458

Ferrari 458 information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the junior V8 supercar. Click on the links below for all of CAR Magazine's news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the 458 car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on 'More' to browse even more of our archive content.

Background
The Ferrari 458 is the 'starter' Ferrari – but is as fast as the outgoing 430 Scuderia. Classic Ferrari cues abound: there's a screaming, mid-engined V8, looks to die for and a scintillating drive guaranteed. Pick the Spider for open-top thrills, step up to the Speciale for an even more hardcore driving experience; the two together creates the Speciale Aperta, or SA for short. For more information on the Ferrari 458, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test
This is one special sports car - and it's all the more impressive that it is the cheapest, lowliest Fezzer money can buy. Maranello must've upped its game to counter the threat of the McLaren V8 rival, né the P11 or 12C. The 458 is special in all departments that matter: it's a real looker, for starters, with a neat mix of beauty and brawn in its stance. Step inside and you'll find a snug two-seater in the best Ferrari tradition, with a focused cockpit that feels special yet is far from intimidating. But it's when you fire up the red starter button on the steering wheel that the real fireworks begin. That V8 hogs the attention, whether its idling, revving or screaming through the top end. It utterly dominates proceedings in a way that the turbocharged McRival can't. The steering is pin-sharp, too, the Italia shrinking around you as you punt it along your favourite back road. Believe us, junior sports cars don't get much better than this.

The one we'd buy
The Italia

The one we'd avoid like the plague
We'd take any 458, thank you very much

Rivals to consider
Lamborghini Huracan, McLaren 650S

For
One of the best junior V8 supercars of modern times: a Ferrari milestone

Against
Lacks the everyday usability of the McLaren, some may not like the over-festooned steering wheel

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