The 458 Italia is the latest incarnation of the mid-rear engined berlinetta. 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. 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. Once again input from Michael Schumacher - who was involved from the very start of the 458 Italia project - played an invaluable part.