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Why does the Ferrari 458 stand out among other cars on the road? Just take a look.

Quick Notes

-The 458 is considered one of the greatest cars that Ferrari ever made.

-A variety of special editions and racing models with limited production were also produced between 2009-2015.

-There was a racing model introduced in 2010 to compete in the Ferrari Challenge.

Ferrari made a model called the 458 from 2009-2015.

Ferrari 458

The Ferarri 458 was introduced in 2009 to replace the F430. The 458 continued to be produced in different sub-models and one-off versions until 2015.

“Considered by many to be the best model Ferrari ever built.”

The original Ferrari paired the 458 with an F136 V8 engine putting off 562hp. It’s a direct fuel injection. Only available with the dual-clutch 7-speed Getrag gearbox, there is no manual option.

The suspension is a double-wishbone multi-link coupled with ABS and standard Carbon Ceramic brakes. Drivers rated the handling very high.

Not shockingly for something with this much horsepower, fuel economy is not the 458’s forte. It gets an estimated 15MPG combined.

The Ferrari 458 is considered by many to be the best model Ferrari ever built. That’s saying a lot.

458 Models

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The Ferrari 458 comes in a standard model and a series of varied models. Learn more about them below.

458 Spider

Introduced in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this convertible version of the 458 features an aluminum retractable hardtop. The 458 Spider was produced until 2015.

458 Speciale

A high-performance version of the 458 Italia, the 458 Speciale was introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Speciale was produced until 2015.

458 Speciale A

In 2014, again at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Ferrari introduced the convertible version of the 458 Speciale, the 458 Speciale A. The Special A featured a 4.5L 597hp V8.

458 Italia China Edition (2012)

Limited to 20 units, the 2012 458 Italia Edition was introduced on the 20th anniversary of Ferrari’s entry into the Chinese market.

“The 458 Italia China Edition features red body paint with a dragon graphic on the hood, gold-painted wheels and gold interior embroidery. “

Ferrari SP12 EC (2012)

Built specially for Eric Clapton in 2012, his Ferrari SP12 EC was rumored to cost 3,000,000 British pounds. No confirmation about that or the specs, as everything has been kept confidential.

Pinnifarina Sergio (2013)

Originally a concept car, only six were built in 2013. Built on the 458 Spider specs, the Pininfarina Sergion was named in memory of Sergio Pininfarina.

458 MM Speciale (2016)

Built as a solo project, the 458 Special MM was built for a British customer. Details of its specs have not been confirmed. It has been rumored to have cost over $3,000,000 USD.

458 Challenge Racing editions

“The Ferrari 458 was created for the Ferrari Challenge.”

The 458 Challenge, 458 Italia GT2, and 458 Italia GT3 were built as one-offs for the purpose of racing.

As a race car, the Ferrari 458 was created for the Ferrari Challenge. The 458 racing edition differed from the street-legal version with a racing cockpit, plexiglass windows, air-jack mounting, racing fuel filler cap, racing exhaust, center-lock wheels, and tow hooks.


Winning the Supercar of the Year and Car of the Year 2009 awards, the Ferrari 458 has received nice reviews from expert test drivers.

“Drivers are impressed with the interior, styling and overdrive, and handling.”

The Ferrari 458 also gets consistently high ratings from driver feedback. Drivers are impressed with the interior, styling and overdrive, and handling of the Ferrari 458.

Ferrari is well known for making fine Italian automobiles. The 458 model series is no exception. Though the 458 ceased production in 2015, they are still available on the secondary market for anywhere between $110,000 and over $400,000.

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