Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Successor to Ferrari F430 revealed: The F458 Italia

Ferrari seem bent on upsizing the cubic cc of the engines of its "entry-level" super sports coupe through the generations, right form the 308, 328, 348, 355 to the 360 Modena up till the F430 Scuderia. Rising fuel prices (depleting petroleum resource), increasingly stringent emission control standards and energy/fuel conservation or not, it's now the F458 as the latest addition the the prancing horse stable. Still naturally aspirated, with no sight of any turbo, though it has direct fuel injection now.

In a nutshell, the F458 is the second Ferrari to have a 7-speed twin-clutch automated manual gearbox (after the California) and will zip to 100km/h in 3.4 secs, on the way to a top whack of 325km/h!

This is enabled by Ferrari's new 4.5-litre V8: with ratings of 570 hp at a heady 9,000rpm (!) and peak torque of 540Nm at 6,000 rpm.

Expect this to cross the RM2 million mark when it reaches Malaysia, sometime 2010 perhaps?

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