The body count, if you will, is now three. Three new 458s have been turned to ash in recent months, for reasons which for now remain a mystery. Even if it may seem small, the number of Ferraris who burned is big enough not to be a coincidence. And that number might be even bigger, if we are to judge by what a Ferrari spokesman is saying.
"It is important to differentiate between what is a vehicle fire and outside factors and I would include driver error," a Ferrari UK spokesman was quoted as saying by just-auto.
"Six have been incidents where it potentially could be the driver or other factors. I am not in a position to comment on the vehicle fires and all we can say is we are taking it obviously very seriously."
The 458 Italia has been presented last year at the Frankfurt Auto Show as the replacement for the F430. The Italia is powered by a 4.5l V8 direct injection engine fitted with the traditional flat-plane crankshaft. It has a breathtaking output of 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm.
The unit is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and together boasts the car from naught to sixty faster than you can say Ferrari 458 Italia: 3.4 seconds. It keeps on going until it reaches 325 km/h (200 mph).