We hope you’ve still got the headphones on from last week, because this week’s candidate for #startupmonday will make you want to play the video several times over. If it wasn’t obvious enough already, our feature car is a Ferrari 458 Italia; except this one has an IPE exhaust system to liberate several notches more of aural excitement.
Ferrari’s 458 Italia was first shown to the world at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and was the replacement to the F430. It had a production run from 2009 to 2015, and keeping to it’s namesake, had a 4.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine which produces 570 PS and 540 Nm, revving to a heady 9,000 rpm redline. All this was mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission by Getrag, enabling a 3.0 second century sprint and a top speed of 340 km/h.
Over the years, Ferrari made several variants of the 458 Italia, including the 458 Spider, 458 Speciale and 458 Speciale A, including several very special editions and limited one-offs. It was later replaced by the 488 GTB in 2015. Looking at the trends in the automotive world, the V8 engine used in the 458 Italia could very well be the last of the naturally aspirated V8s that was ever fitted to a mid-engined Ferrari.
Let me be honest – when I first saw the 458 Italia in the flesh, I found it to be a little odd looking. Heck, I wasn’t even a fan of the weird tri-exhaust mounted centrally on the rear. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the design language more, and have come to view the 458 Italia as quite a handsome fella. However, the challenge remains to take a flattering picture of the car; its not the sort of Ferrari that looks good from every angle and some thought needs to go into the process of photographing this Prancing Horse.