THE 2009 FERRARI 458 ITALIA: A CAR THAT COULD STAND THE TEST OF TIME
An icon that will forever be my favorite supercar.
First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Harrison Becker, and I am from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I have been a car enthusiast ever since I was born. I am sixteen years old, but I will not drive yet due to the fact the drivers where I live are a bunch of maniacs!
In the year of 2009, it had been seventy years since the iconic car manufacturer began its long and illustrious history. Iconic cars such as the 250 GTO, Daytona, Testarossa, F40, and F60, otherwise known as the Enzo Ferrari, had already been built and established as automotive icons. Of course, the F430 was a worthy predecessor to the car I am about to write about.
The very first time that we saw this car on television, it was on Series 15 of the BBC Television Program, Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson was the man that had the opportunity to test it for the very first time. The first test that involved the 458 was a drag race between the car that is aforementioned, and James May's Ferrari F430. The 458 Italia won in dominant fashion. As quoted from Jeremy Clarkson himself, "This car doesn't just beat the old one. It humiliates it, destroys it, crushes it."
However, a short time afterward, he started mentioning some of the pitfalls in their history of cars. "The 348, for example, felt like it had tires made from wood. The 375 felt like it had milk bottle tops for brakes. The engine in an F50 felt like it was bolted directly to your spine. And the 400 was simply awful in every way."
And then, the inevitable happened. "So, the 458 then? All face and no trousers? Let's find out." What he found out is that Ferrari had created an absolute masterpiece. As we saw Jeremy flying through the corners at the Top Gear test track, you realized how important this car truly was. It contained a 4.5 Liter/Litre V8 Engine which has the capability of producing 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, and reaching a top speed of 210 MPH.
I also know that car manufacturers more than ever are now using hybrid engines, and electric engines to power their cars. Three of the finest supercars in existence today, the LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918 Spyder, are all hybrid-powered mega machines. However, I also truly appreciate the pure sound of that 458 Italia just roaring down the track from that sublime V8 Engine that did not have any help.
With the Ferrari, the company managed to do something with it that not a lot of people can say they have done. They created a timeless classic that will stand the test of time forever. At the time in which I saw this review of the 458, I was already in love with the supercar. My favorite car of all time was the Bugatti Veyron. Don't get me wrong, that car is an icon as well, but this somehow, in its own special way, went straight into my heart forever.
Anyway, I really do hope you enjoyed my article. This is my first time posting an article on DriveTribe. Please feel free to bump or comment on the article. Have a great day, and stay safe on those roads!!!