Ferrari 458 Italia… Whoa, baby!

July 30th, 2009

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I think I fall in love too easily.

Especially when I’m looking at an exotic Italian all dressed up in red and outfitted in sexy leather.

Heck, I was in love with the Ferrari F430, but now her replacement has stolen my heart.

The new Ferrari 458 Italia will make its public debut in September in Frankfurt. (It might be worth the plane ticket just to see it in person.) For now, though, we get to see the pictures and read specs that make us drool.

ferrari_f458_italia_rearLike its name implies, the 458 is powered by a 4.5-liter 8-cylinder engine. But here’s where it gets really good: That engine will crank out 570 horsepower at a breathtaking 9,000 rpm. That’s not a typo – nine thousand revolutions per minute. If I’m not mistaken, that would make the 458 the highest-revving production Ferrari ever built. From a standstill, 62 miles per hour should be reached in less than 3.5 seconds.

The sporty 458 Italia will be built alongside its sister, the more luxurious Ferrari California, in Maranello, Italy.

Speaking of the California, viewers of HBO’s Entourage were treated to some eye candy when Jerry “My last name is one letter away from Ferrari” Ferrara’s Turtle character was given a California as a birthday gift. Yeah, a $240,000 birthday present.

The episode also featured some sweet track time as a group of F430 Scuderias peeled some serious pavement. A clip featuring that race, the giving of the California, and a surprise appearance by 50 Cent in a Rolls-Royce is below. It’s good viewing, I promise!

If you had a spare $240K laying around, what car would you buy? Would you keep it or give it as a birthday gift?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
    July 31st, 2009 at 05:45 | #1

    Are we going to start a pool on which jock or movie star will wreak one first?

  2. July 30th, 2009 at 14:57 | #2

    It’s beautiful alright and if the F430 is any indication, it’s going to look even better on the road.

  3. July 30th, 2009 at 12:10 | #3

    Top Gear has an article with a video file that lets you hear the 458 on the track – mmmm!

    http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/ferrari-458-italia-sound-2009-07-28

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