Behind closed doors
Opening the door reveals a space that's more generous than you'd expect and, once you are seated, the impression of space is confirmed. Not only does the room in the Lamborghini Gallardo
and Audi R8
seem like a joke, but even the McLaren MP4-12C
fails to match the impression of freedom you get in this cabin.
The minimalism of the interior only makes the driver focus even more striking. The entire area around the steering wheel uses an inward profile in order to achieve the aforementioned purpose. Even the TFT screens on the sides of the centrally-mounted, oversized rev counter, emphasize the depth aspect of the instrument cluster.
On the left, you have a display that shows the various parameters of the car, such as the oil pressure, as well as the multiple settings for the mechanical and electronic bits controlled by the Manettino switch. On the right, there’s a screen used for infotainment purposes.
As for the steering wheel, this comes with just the right shape and thickness, but here’s where the good stuff ends. That’s because Ferrari thinks we’re all F1 drivers and gifted the wheel with the controls for the turn signals, lights, wipers, as well as the horn buttons.
The setup is counterintuitive simply because it’s unique to Ferrari. What’s more, when you’ve got the steering wheel on full lock you’ll find it difficult to locate certain controls.
The floating center console holds two main elements that have the pleasure to remind you of Ferrari’s Fiat Group connection. The console includes a navigation screen and a climate control area that are shared with far lesser models from the Chrysler-Fiat family. And when you think that the navigation is optional...
Speaking of configuring your Ferrari 458, it is mandatory that you dig deep into the list of optional cabin materials. Otherwise, the interior will seem a bit too mainstream when compared to the overall level of the car.
Before we drifted into even more negative thoughts, the seats, which are pretty comfortable for a supercar, rushed in to prevent that from happening. And the practicality factor of the Ferrari 458 Italia goes further than that, as the cabin is sprinkled with useful stowage compartments.
The most obvious one of them is the shelf behind the seats, a treat you won’t find in the 458 Spider. If we add the capacity of this to that of the boot up front, we end up with 8.1 cubic feet (229 liters) of accommodation for our luggage. A pretty nice trick you played here Ferrari.Continue reading