2011 458 Italia

This week our featured car is this 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia. The 458 is quite a special piece of Ferrari history as it is the final naturally aspirated mid engine V8 that they built. It is powered by a 4.5 naturally aspirated V8 that makes 570 horsepower that revs all the way out to 9,000rpm. This engine is known for being the highest horsepower per liter of any naturally aspirated engine ever. The power is backed by a 7 speed dual clutch transmission with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. The shifts are lightning  quick and similar to the shifts of the Ferrari Formula One car. These cars will go down as an all time great in the Ferrari world as long as the new cars continue to downsize their power plants and use turbochargers to help make more power and meet stricter emissions standards. The naturally aspirated high revving engines provide an experience that is lacking in the turbocharged cars. The signature Ferrari sound, throttle response and linear powerband all the way to 9,000 rpm is absent in the current cars. They just do not make them like they used to and these cars will continue to appreciate in value as time progresses.  We have the car in to give it an in-depth inspection for a local client that recently purchased the car sight unseen from an out of state dealer.