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Hey mate, not trying to highjack your thread but just thought I would post up the pics.



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And the article:

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MARANELLO, Italy — Ferrari has revealed images and tantalizing first details of the successor to the best-selling F430. The new 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia will be launched officially at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. With it, Ferrari has taken on the difficult task of showing that excellent performance can be combined with lower fuel consumption — and by launching an all-new model rather than an update, it's clear that Ferrari intends to put a big distance between itself and its competitors.
There's no doubt that the new midengine Ferrari sports car is eye-catching. It's thoroughly modern, yet very menacing. It is easy to guess why it is called 458 — it has a 4.5-liter V8 mounted in the engine bay.
The 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia also makes a statement about speed. The 458 Italia is faster than the high-performance 430 Scuderia, which was not only faster than the F430 but also the Enzo, Ferrari's last hypercar. The 458 Italia will surpass 203 mph, marginally more than the 430 Scuderia's top speed of 197 mph. The new car is also quicker to 60 mph than the 430 Scuderia and beats it under braking. It is superior in a straight line and will also beat the 430 Scuderia on a twisting road. The 458 Italia has F1 Trac stability control as well as E-Diff, but both systems have been improved enough to put 25 percent more power to the road when it exits a corner.
Aerodynamic downforce has been brought to a higher level, too. At 125 mph, the car develops 309 pounds of downforce without any visible spoilers. Ferrari has made it a primary goal to offer as much downforce as it can without the use of wings that spoil the shape of its cars.
The 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia's low nose makes the cockpit seem relatively big. Its hips move very high, enveloping the rear wheels, while the rear deck is long and sloping. The taillights are the same as those on the Enzo. A large rear aero diffuser is included. The triple-tip exhaust system is something new.
The engine sits under glass like a diamond in a jeweler's shop window. This direct-injection version of the customary flat-crank V8 has 200cc more displacement than before, producing 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm. The elevated redline suggests Ferrari has used exotic metallurgy to make the moving parts as light as possible. Maximum torque is 398 pound-feet at 6,000 rpm, but from 3,250 rpm onward, 80 percent of the car's muscle power is already at your service.
Just like the Ferrari California hardtop convertible, the 458 Italia features a dual-clutch automated manual transmission. Quick shifts and the use of seven ratios help speed acceleration. At the same time, raw speed has not been compromised, as 7th gear is meant to crack the 200-mph barrier rather than produce high fuel efficiency. Ferrari says in its press release that fuel efficiency has been improved significantly by the use of direct fuel injection and low-friction engine components.
A close look at the bodywork makes you realize that there are few open ducts to increase aerodynamic drag. The car's underside has been enclosed to improve aerodynamic slipperiness as well. We think the V8 gets intake air from ducts at the rear of the car, and it appears that the pronounced grooves in the fenders direct the flow of air to these inlets.
The engine is cooled by a central radiator in the front of the car. It is fed air by the two large openings in the front bumper, which also incorporates the cavallino rampante on a small but pronounced pedestal. One novelty is a pair of small black wings left and right in the front bumper. They are flexible, and when the car gains speed, they deform in such a way that the aerodynamics of the car improve.
The bodywork and chassis of the new Ferrari are made of aluminum, but Ferrari says it has used more magnesium and other exotic alloys than in the past. The press release also describes manufacturing methods from the aerospace industry.
The design of the car has been done by Pininfarina, but the interior has been penciled by Ferrari design chief Donato Coco. Ferrari has promised to reveal additional photos and technical details of the car at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
Inside Line says: Ferrari has been promising to make performance possible in this new green era. We'll see if the 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia will deliver. — Ton Roks, Correspondent



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they've been saying that since the first mid engined cars!

For me... the engine is a revellation..

direct injection
compression 12.5 : 1
4.5 litres spinning at over 9000rpm as a V8 is a LOT of big parts moving around!

amazing......... showing the world how to make engines.......

again!

I know what your saying, allot of respect for that, i was shocked when the F430 came out and was red lining it at 8400rpm if i remember.....

I love the top view, side view and the rear with 3 tail pipes, the front looks a bit odd with that opening at the front.....



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Ferrari's website gone down like a 20yo blonde.

http://www.ferrari.com/English/News/Pages/090728_GT_ITALIA_Ferrari_new_V8.aspx

Here's the press release:

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ITALIA - Ferrari’s innovative new V8

The 458 Italia is the latest incarnation of the mid-rear engined berlinetta and will be unveiled at the next Frankfurt Motor Show

Maranello, July 28th 2009 – While it’s true that every Ferrari is innovative by definition, it’s equally true that in the course of the Prancing Horse’s history, certain cars have marked a genuine departure from the current range. This is very much the case with the Ferrari 458 Italia, which is a massive leap forward from the company’s previous mid-rear engined sports cars.


The new model is a synthesis of style, creative flair, passion and cutting-edge technology, characteristics for which Italy as a nation is well-known. For this reason Ferrari chose to add the name of its homeland to the traditional figure representing the displacement and number of cylinders.

The Ferrari 458 Italia is a completely new car from every point of view: engine, design, aerodynamics, handling, instrumentation and ergonomics, just to name a few.

A two-seater berlinetta, the Ferrari 458 Italia, as is now traditional for all Ferrari’s road-going cars, benefits hugely from the company’s Formula 1 experience. This is particularly evident in the speed and precision with which the car responds to driver inputs and in the attention focused on reducing internal friction in the engine for lower fuel consumption than the F430, despite the fact that both overall displacement and power have increased. However, Ferrari’s track experience makes its presence felt in the 458 Italia not only in terms of pure technological transfer but also on a more emotional level, because of the strong emphasis on creating an almost symbiotic relationship between driver and car. The 458 Italia features an innovative driving environment with a new kind of steering wheel and dashboard that is the direct result of racing practice. Once again input from Michael Schumacher - who was involved from the very start of the 458 Italia project - played an invaluable part.

The Ferrari 458 Italia’s Pininfarina design provides further evidence of the complete departure from the past that this new car hails. The Ferrari 458 Italia has a compact, aerodynamic shape, underscoring the concepts of simplicity, efficiency and lightness that inspired the project. As with every Ferrari, the car’s styling has been very heavily influenced by the requirements for aerodynamic efficiency, as can be seen from the downforce of 140 kg at 200km/h generated by the new model. The front features a single opening for the front grille and side air intakes, with aerodynamic sections and profiles designed to direct air to the coolant radiators and the new flat underbody. The nose also sports small aeroelastic winglets which generate downforce and, as speed rises, deform to reduce the section of the radiator inlets and cut drag.

The new 4499 cc V8 is the first Ferrari direct injection engine to be mid-rear mounted. It has a very low piston compression height typical of racing engines which contributed to achieving its compression ratio of 12.5:1. Equipped with the traditional flat-plane crankshaft, the engine delivers 570 CV at 9000 rpm and, with an outstanding power output of 127 CV/litre, sets a new benchmark not only for the whole Ferrari range and the history of company, but also for the entire market segment. Maximum torque is 540 Nm at 6000 rpm, over 80 per cent of which is available from 3250 rpm. Specific torque is a record 120 Nm/litre. However, what is truly extraordinary is the amount of torque available while still maintaining high levels of power at low revs.

The car’s soundtrack is also typical Ferrari, with an exciting, powerful growl emerging from the engine before it channels through to the exhaust’s three rear tailpipes.

The 458 Italia is equipped with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which increases performance whilst providing very smooth shifts even at full throttle. The engineers have developed specific, sportier gear ratios to match the power and torque curves of the new V8, guaranteeing high torque even at lower engine speeds and allowing the car to reach its maximum speed in top gear.

This new Ferrari is also a major leap forward when it comes to cutting emissions. Despite the fact that the new engine is significantly more powerful than the V8s that preceded it, the Ferrari 458 Italia produces just 320 g/km of CO2 and fuel consumption is 13.7 l/100 km (combined cycle), the best in the entire segment.

The engineers also focused on weight reduction during the design phase for similar reasons. Consequently, the Ferrari 458 Italia has a dry weight of 1380 kg with a power-to-weight ratio of 2.42 kg/CV. Weight distribution is also optimal with 58 per cent over the rear axle. The result of the engineers’ endeavours can be summed up in to two simple statistics which together perfectly encapsulate the Ferrari 458 Italia’s exceptional performance: 0-100 km/h acceleration in under 3.4 seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 325 km/h.

For the new chassis, once more in aluminium, Maranello’s engineers incorporated various types of advanced alloys along with aerospace industry-derived manufacturing and bonding techniques.

With regard to vehicle dynamics, the Ferrari 458 Italia’s suspension features twin wishbones at the front and a multi-link set-up at the rear tuned for maximum roadholding and superlative handling. Along with a more direct steering ratio, the 458 Italia thus offers extremely rapid turn-in and body control whilst maintaining superior ride comfort.

The integration of the E-Diff and F1-Trac (now controlled by the same ECU) and their respective mappings is even greater, resulting in a 32 per cent increase in longitudinal acceleration out of corners compared to previous models. The evolution of the control logic, with even faster and more accurate calculation of levels of grip, ensures even greater roadholding, better handling and ease of control on the limit.

The same ECU also governs the high-performance ABS, providing even more precise control over the logic threshold and greater efficiency. The brakes also feature a prefill function whereby the pistons in the callipers move the pads into contact with the discs on lift off to minimise delay in the brakes being applied. This combined with the ABS has cut the 100-0 km/h braking distance to a mere 32.5 metres.

The Ferrari 458 Italia’s interior is another area of the car that exalts its sporty personality. The driver is welcomed by a new layout and a revolutionary ergonomic interface where the main controls are all clustered on the steering wheel.

With the Ferrari 458 Italia, Maranello has brought a highly distinctive new car to its 8-cylinder range. The company now offers two models that share a common, race-derived DNA, both exceptionally sporty and fun to drive in true Ferrari tradition, but aimed at two very different kinds of client. While the Ferrari California was created for owners requiring a more versatile sports car with a practical edge, the 458 Italia is designed for owners for whom the priority is uncompromising on-road performance with occasional track day capability, but who still demand a car that is useable in day-to-day driving like all Ferrari’s recent models.



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woah, BEAUTIFUL

ferrari has done it again, it is a bloody good looking car

i see it doesn't have the air intakes on the side like the f430 or the 360, in fact, the front 3/4 shot makes it look pretty different - dare i say, the shape in the front 3/4 angle shot reminds me of the R8



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Great looking car, id love to see one in a brilliant white...
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Ferrari 458 Italia – Technical specifications

Dimensions
Length 4527 mm (178.2 in.)
Width 1937 mm (76.3 in.)
Height 1213 mm (47.8 in.)
Wheelbase 2650 mm (104.3 in.)
Dry weight 1380 kg (3042 lbs)*
Weight/power ratio 2,42 kg/CV (7.16 lbs/kW)
Weight distribution fr/r 42%/58%

Engine
Type V8 – 90°
Displacement 4499 cc (274.5 cu in.)
Maximum power 570 CV (425 kW)** @ 9000 rpm
Maximum torque 540 Nm (398 lbs/ft) @ 6000 rpm
Specific power output 127 CV/l
Compression ratio 12.5:1

Tyres
Front 235/35 ZR20 8.5”
Rear 295/35 ZR20 10.5”

Performance
Maximum speed >325 km/h (>202 mph)
0-100 km/h <3.4 s

Fuel consumption + emissions
Fuel consumption*** 13.7 l/100 km
Emissions*** 320 g CO2/km

Gearbox
Dual-clutch, 7-speed F1

Electronics
E-Diff3, F1-Trac, high-performance ABS

So you can have either a Dual Clutch Cali box or a F1 gearbox...... no stick shift....... :scared:



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So you can have either a Dual Clutch Cali box or a F1 gearbox...... no stick shift....... :scared:

the old school manual drivers will hate that



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Im a big fan of a proper manual gearbox, but it seems that in this day and age, to go fast consistently in the big coin company, its gotta be flappy paddled.... Id still rather a proper box for track work though...
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