Ferrari 458 Italia Declared 2011 World Performance Car

The Ferrari 458 Italia smoked the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and the Porsche 911 Turbo in the race for the 2011 World Performance Car title, with the Italian supercar receiving the title at the New York Auto Show.

The initial list of candidates included 14 go-fast four-wheeled creations, with the 458 Italia managing to shine and demonstating that it is a true beast that can deliver performance in a staggering way.

The replacement for the F430 Fiorano has been voted by nearly every possible ranking this past year as the best performer hands down. The WCA's would love to break ranks with the crowd, but we also put the 458 Italia squarely among our top three world performance cars,” the World Car Awards jurors said.

"Whether on the track or on a loosely policed winding two-lane mountain road, the technology on board the 458 sets it and its 570 metric horsepower far ahead of most every other V8-powered street car. This is a classic modern Ferrari in every sense, but its sophisticated handling abilities at the limit take it to a whole new level for Italian super GTs. And what a beautiful sound.

The 458 joins the list of supercars that have received this honor, which includes the Audi R8 V10 in 2010, the Nissan GT-R in 2009, the Audi R8 in 2008, the Audi RS4 in 2007 and the Porsche Cayman S in 2006. If we were to choose between all these, we'd go for Godzilla, as we're in love with its intelligent 4WD system.
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