If you are in need of a sensible & fun investment for a daily driver, have you considered the Ferrari 458? With a production run from 2010 to 2015, it served as a mid-level offering, in between the F12 Berlinetta and the California. It’s probably the last Ferrari V8 to be naturally aspirated, so if you have an aversion to turbochargers, this is the car for you.
Small engines with turbos are now a dominant trend in the industry thanks to emissions and fuel economy regulations. But forced induction is not a replacement for displacement. The 458 packs a 4.5L V8 which can rev to a screaming 9,000 rpm. Sometimes nostalgia should have precedence over technology, and in a few years we will be longing for traditional V8 power.
Ferrari 458 Variants:
- 458 Italia
- 458 Spider
- 458 Speciale
- 458 Speciale Aperta
- 458 Challenge
- 458 Italia GT2
- 458 Italia GT3
- 458 Italia Grand-Am
- 458 MM Speciale (One-off)
More than just great looks and a perfect engine, the 458 is also great on the track. Several racing variants have competed in GTE and GT3 classes with great success. Built on a light and strong aluminum space frame, all you need are sticky tires and a helmet. Carbon ceramic brakes, magnetic suspension, and an electronic differential are just a few of the options that will keep you ahead of your competitors. The most coveted examples are the 458 Speciale and 458 Challenge cars, but they are rarely seen in public.
Now that early production examples have been around for a few years, the aftermarket industry has opened the floodgates on performance. Companies like Hennessey Performance and Underground Racing have unlocked the engine computer for more ignition timing, and exhaust experts like Tubi and Novitec offer significant horsepower gains.
A quick glance at the listings on our main site offers the main reason why the 458 is such a solid choice. Several examples of the 458 have odometer readings higher than what’s in your garage. You need not fear daily driving this masterpiece, because all 458 models from 2012 to present are covered under a 7-year warranty. This is a testament to the solid engineering that underpins the car, as the only cost you will incur will be fuel.