Frankfurt Auto Show: Ferrari 458 Italia

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Wraps have finally come off the latest prancing horse creation, the 458 Italia. Of course, the details of the F430 replacement are already known, but the Frankfurt event is the public appearance of the Italia.

"The 458 Italia is designed to fulfill the expectations and ambitions of our most passionate clients, the 458 Italia continues the Ferrari tradition of putting the thrill into driving as a result of track-derived technological innovations," Ferrari said in a release.

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).

On the interior, the Italia features an innovative console, boasting the manufacturer's Vehicle Dynamic Assistance (VDA), which monitors the operating parameters of the engine, gearbox, tires and brakes.

The VDA can be enabled in three different settings (Race, CT off and CTS off), allowing the driver to correctly identify the best operating conditions for the car.

The dashboard is divided in two sections, with satellite pods to the left and right of the dash. On the left cluster, the driver can find cruise control, buttons for choosing the video setting of the left-hand dash TFT screen and the on-board computer interface, while on the right one the infotainment controls: Bluetooth connection, sat-nav, digital speedometers and rear parking camera.
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