The Prancing Horse didn't make any compromise when it came to fitting the 458 with technological bits and pieces and also offers a high degree of personalization for the car, be it in Coupe or Spider incarnation.
Some of the standard features on our test car were more enjoyable than others and we'll start from the outside to the interior of the car. We're talking about the keyless entry, as well as the premium leather finish, which is offered for the sport seats, dashboard, doors and center console.
The dashboard buttons allow you to operate a dual-zone climate control system and a sound system that offers Bluetooth and auxiliary in capabilities.
There are also nice safety features that you use during everyday driving, such as the tire pressure monitoring system and the headlights with LED daytime running lights. Mind you, in order to have the full peace of mind needed to use the 458 on a regular basis, you'll have to pay extra. The optional features you should be aiming for are the all-round parking sensors and rear-view camera, as well as the Adaptive Front Lighting system.
Speaking of optional extras, it's simple to define the 458's way when it comes to this. The mechanical ones are very few, the ones for the exterior are comprehensive and the interior features create an endless list for you to browse.
First and foremost, you can top the standard mechanical package of the 458 with a front axle lift system, which is a must. Then, if you want to visit filling stations less often, we'd advise you to go for the HELE efficiency-increasing system. Ferrari also lets you chose a carbon fiber air intake, in order to bring that small but special extra flavor to the tech pack of the 458.
From the list of exterior goodies, we''d start with the body protective film and the carbon fiber finish for various parts. Using the latter will also make your car lighter, while the first will keep it in good visual shape.
Other options that are also worthy of being chosen are the 20-inch forged rims, the run flat tires and the heat insulating windshield. You can choose between a wide range of exterior finishes that fall into thee categories: non-metallic, metallic and historical colors that remind us of the 50s' and 60s'. You can also spend quite some time mixing or matching one of the seven available shades for the brake calipers to the color of the car's body.
Like we said, the interior is the area of the car that really brings one face to face with a labyrinth of options. We'll start with more practical features, such as a Hi-Fi sound system, iPod installation, cruise control and electrochromatic rear-view mirrors. If you want to go for features that bring more noticeable changes, you can opt for carbon fiber racing seats, which come in multiple sizes, a carbon fiber steering wheel with LEDs, as well as for luggage sets for both the trunk and the rear bench.
From this point on, it's all a matter of taste, as you can choose various top notch materials, such as leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber for different parts of the cabin, as well as for the luggage compartment, with two-tone options here and there.
As you've noticed, there are quite a lot of exterior and interior carbon fiber parts to choose from. If you tick all their boxes, you will considerably reduce the weight of your Spider, bringing it closer to a Coupe with no such options. You must be careful about the comfort though, as, for example, the carbon fiber racing seats are not power operated.
Despite the complex story the Prancing Horse tells for this chapter, we can't help notice a few items' unexplainable transition from the standard to the optional list of features.
The perfect example to illustrate comes from the instrument cluster. You get two TFT displays surrounding the rev counter and the sporty part is all there, thanks to the VDA (Vehicle Dynamics Assistance) system. This uses the display on the left, offering you information on the operating temperature of the engine, brakes and tires. There are three stages: "warmup", "go" and "over", with the latter indicating that the car needs to cool down.
Believe it or not, if you also want to have a navigation system on the display on the right, you'll have to pay extra. The same goes for the key: there's a standard keyless entry system, as well as an engine start button, but you still have to put the key in its place within the steering wheel column. This action strays from the ultra-modern feeling offered by other features of the 458.Continue reading