Italian stallion

The Ferrari 458 Italia is, according to Ferrari's big cheese, Italy's car.

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It's a stunner

Ferrari's clever use of function and form mean that its stunning body hides many useful features.

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Warm it up

For example, the vents at the rear expel hot air from the dual-clutch gearbox.

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A relief

The vents above the front wheels help relieve air pressure created by the wheels.

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Powerful engine

It's powered by a 4.5-litre V8.

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All the horses

Said V8 is naturally aspirated and pushes out 562 bhp and 398 lb. ft.

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Faster than fast

0-62 mph happens in just 3.4 seconds.

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Burning rubber

Its top speed is 202 mph.

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What's in a name

The 458 in the name refers to the car's 4.5-litre V8 engine.

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No manual

The 458 is the first mainstream Ferrari not to be offered with a manual gearbox.

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The tech inside

Ferrari used plenty of F1 tech in the 458.

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Traction

Its traction control system, for example, is derived from tech developed in F1.

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Miles per gallon

Ferrari claims the 458 Italia can manage over 20 mpg. We did not achieve this.

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Sensitivity

Ferrari's Manetino switch selects how sensitive the traction control is. "Race" is quite enough, thanks.

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Specs

Carbon fibre can be specced all over the car.

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Vroom!

The V8 revs hard and fast. It's quite a thing.

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Not too shabby

The turn of pace this thing has is enough to surprise you. And, of course, delight as well.

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Whoa there

Three exhausts?! Yup, just like the legendary F40.

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Nice ride

Trust us, it's everything you'd expect it to be.

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