Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Ferrari 458 Italia (2012)

The Ferrari 458 Italia is a mid-engined sports car produced by the Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari. The 458 Italia replaces the Ferrari F430. The 458 Italia was officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September 2009.
In Ferrari's first official announcement of the car, the 458 Italia was described as the successor to the F430 but arising from an entirely new design, incorporating technologies developed from the company's experience in Formula 1.

Body style              2-seat Berlinetta
Layout                    Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine                    4.5 L V8
Transmission         7-speed dual-clutch
Wheelbase             2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Length                   4,527 mm (178.2 in)
Width                     1,937 mm (76.3 in)
Height                    1,213 mm (47.8 in)
Curb weight           1,485 kg (3,274 lb)
Price                       $230,275

The car's suspension features double wishbones at the front and a multi-link set-up at the rear, coupled with E-Diff and F1-Trac traction control systems, designed to improve the car's cornering and longitudinal acceleration by 32% when compared with its predecessors. The brakes include a prefill function whereby the pistons in the calipers move the pads into contact with the discs on lift off to minimize delay in the brakes being applied.This combined with the ABS has reduced 100–0 km/h (62-0 mph) braking distance to 32.5 metres (107 ft). The adaptive magnetorheological dampers are co-developed with BWI Group.

Ferrari's official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration is under 3.4 seconds,[8] while top speed is over 325 km/h (202 mph), with a fuel consumption in combined cycle (ECE+EUDC) 13.3 L/100 km (21.2 mpg-imp; 17.7 mpg-US) while producing 307g/km of CO2.


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