The heir to Maranello's rear mid-mounted V-8 engine crown debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 458 Italia's performance was as serious as its Frankfurt Messe underpinnings, and yet its dramatic design was nothing short of Italian.
Under a glass panel behind the passenger compartment sat an upgraded version of the F136 V-8 that had debuted in the car's F430 predecessor. With direct injection now fitted for the first time in a mid-engined car with the prancing horse affixed to its nose, the engine was rated at a compelling 562 horsepower in its initial guise. A rapid-shifting seven-speed Getrag dual-clutch transmission hurtled power to the rear wheels. Remarkably, the 458 was the first mid-engine Ferrari not designed for a manual transmission, a clear step into a new direction for Ferrari. The gearbox was shared with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, though the two automakers worked with Getrag for bespoke tuning.
Magnetic dampers cushioned the ride when needed and firmed up for high-performance, track-day sprints. The brakes brought things to a halt quickly, thanks to an innovative system that moved the pistons into the calipers as soon as the driver lifted off the gas pedal in an effort to pre-charge the system. From 60 mph, the 458 would come to a halt in just 80 feet.
The 458 Italia's design was, of course, handled by Pininfarina, with oversight provided by Donato Coco. Special winglets incorporated into the front grille split the air more efficiently while providing a remarkably elegant touch.
It took two years for Ferrari to unveil the 458 Spider, again at the Frankfurt salon. The wait was worthwhile the minute the automaker undraped the car under the bright lights. Ferrari and Pininfarina logged many hours in a wind tunnel to hone the car's shape, and it had a taller rear spoiler and different bumpers than the berlinetta. Special-forged wheels and vents in the front hood were also included.
This particular example was supplied new to the U.K in May of 2013 by Graypaul Ferrari, Nottingham. Spec'd at the Atelier in Maranello and finished in Special order Giallo Triplo Strato at the time this was an £11,000 option.This has been protected by front end PPF from Topaz Detailing, Optioned with forged alloys finished in Grigio Ferro Metallic along with a number of carbon fibre details including centre caps and Scuderia Shields. The interior again features an extensive amount of carbon fibre, including the full sport package and racing seats, which are trimmed in a combination of Charcoal Alcantara and leather. The full factory specification is as follows:
Extracampionario Paintwork - Giallo Triplo Strato
Alcantara interior carpets - Charcoal
Headliner in Alcantara
Door Armrest in Alcantara
Black Brake Callipers
Carbon Fibre Racing Package
Coloured Seat Belts - Cinture Gun Metal Grey
Leather Central Tunnel - Charcoal
Leather and Alcantara interior - Charcoal
Coloured Upper Dashboard - Extracampionario
Front Dashboard Trim - Charcoal
Horse Stitched on Headrest - Grigio Chiaro
Sport Exhaust Pipes
Int.Grids in Leather Colour
Scuderia Ferrari Shields
458 Mechanic Steering Col
20" Forged Painted Alloys - Grigio Ferro Metallic
Carbon Fibre Racing Seats - Large
Coloured Steering Wheel - Charcoal
Tyre Pressure Measurement
Upper Part in Alcantara - Charcoal
Further to these options full front end PPF was installed by Topaz Detailing and Carbon Fibre Scuderia Shields were fitted by the dealer.
The car also has an exemplary history. With just 3 owners from new, the car is a very rare low keeper car. In 2018 it won the Ferrari Owners Club, Northern Day, Paul Bentley LTD Champion Class Award. In 2016 at the National event the car scored an impressive 99/100, gaining platinum certification. Along with this 458 has benefitted from full Ferrari service history from new, the details of which are outlined below:
07/05/2014 - 578 miles - Authorised Ferrari Service Centre (Graypaul, Nottingham)
13/05/2015 - 1,260 miles - Authorised Ferrari Service Centre (Graypaul, Nottingham)
05/04/2016 - 2,108 miles - Authorised Ferrari Service Centre (Stratstone, Wilmslow)
31/05/2017 - 3,495 miles - Authorised Ferrari Service Centre (Stratstone, Wilmslow)
05/06/2018 - 3,767 miles - Authorised Ferrari Service Centre (Stratstone, Wilmslow)
09/05/2019 - 4,092 miles - Authorised Ferrari Service Centre (Stratstone, Wilmslow)
11/06/2020 - 4,294 miles - Authorised Ferrari Service Centre (Stratstone, Wilmslow)
The car is supplied with a comprehensive history file, original book pack including service book and owners manual. Along with 2 keys, car cover and battery charger.
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