The 458 Spider shows us yet another one of its faces for this chapter, with the car proving that it can also be used for trips that would normally be best suited for a Grand Tourer. When you don’t want any drama, you can simply use the manettino to soften things up a bit.
The transmission will bring you to seventh gear quicker than expected and you’ll be cruising at low revs. The valves in the exhaust will calm things down while the gentler throttle mapping of the Spider will allow you to feel no sudden movements. The steering was always ready for this mood, since it’s a bit on the soft side for such a car. In addition to that the suspension will show an amazing passion for ride, not just handling, with this being amplified by the slightly softer settings of the Spider’s dampers.
The aluminum top does a great job at providing both aural and thermal comfort and the aerodynamic assets of the car mean that you can also fold it and still enjoy a peaceful drive at decent speeds.
And it’s not just the technical aspects that allow the car to cater for your coziness needs, the cabin also serves this purpose. The total lack of congestion present inside the 458, as well as the perfect compromise offered by the standard seats will allow you to stay behind the wheel for many hours. The luggage capacity also comes to support this, as you get 230 l (8.12 cu ft) up front and an extra 58 l (2.05 cu ft) behind the seats.
This relaxed driving mode also exposes what can be classified as a weakness of the 458: when you’re not in fighting mode, the car doesn’t quite manage to make you feel all that special. Yes, you are traveling in complete comfort, but there are too little things that remind you of the vehicle’s capabilities. If you want to feel that you’re in one of the best-performing supercars of the moment, you need to shatter this calm drive using a generous throttle application, albeit for only a few seconds.
The 458 has already shown that it can be incredible both in terms of performance and comfort. Ferrari’s V8 supercar would’ve been even more complete if it had managed to make you feel its vibes without having to turn to forward momentum in order to do so.Continue reading