Italian stallion

It's a stunner

Warm it up

A relief

Powerful engine

All the horses

Faster than fast

Burning rubber

What's in a name

No manual

The tech inside

Traction

Miles per gallon

Sensitivity

Specs

Vroom!

Not too shabby

Whoa there

Nice ride

The Ferrari 458 Italia is, according to Ferrari's big cheese, Italy's car.
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Ferrari's clever use of function and form mean that its stunning body hides many useful features.
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For example, the vents at the rear expel hot air from the dual-clutch gearbox.
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The vents above the front wheels help relieve air pressure created by the wheels.
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It's powered by a 4.5-litre V8.
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Said V8 is naturally aspirated and pushes out 562 bhp and 398 lb. ft.
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0-62 mph happens in just 3.4 seconds.
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Its top speed is 202 mph.
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The 458 in the name refers to the car's 4.5-litre V8 engine.
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The 458 is the first mainstream Ferrari not to be offered with a manual gearbox.
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Ferrari used plenty of F1 tech in the 458.
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Its traction control system, for example, is derived from tech developed in F1.
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Ferrari claims the 458 Italia can manage over 20 mpg. We did not achieve this.
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Ferrari's Manetino switch selects how sensitive the traction control is. "Race" is quite enough, thanks.
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Carbon fibre can be specced all over the car.
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The V8 revs hard and fast. It's quite a thing.
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The turn of pace this thing has is enough to surprise you. And, of course, delight as well.
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Three exhausts?! Yup, just like the legendary F40.
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Trust us, it's everything you'd expect it to be.
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