NZ Autocar - - New Arrival - Pho­tos Tom Gas­nier

fter a run of five years, the out­go­ing Fer­rari 458 Italia is still a stand­out ma­chine that can hold its own against a raft of newer mod­els from op­po­si­tion mar­ques. It al­most seems pre­ma­ture for Fer­rari to re­place it. When it landed in NZ back in 2011, we com­pared an old F430 with the then new 458 at the track at Taupo. At the time, we were amazed at the huge ad­vance­ment made by the new car. It wasn’t the usual in­cre­men­tal step in progress, but rather the 458 Italia was a car raised to a new di­men­sion al­to­gether. The Italia be­came a bench­mark for Fer­rari not only in terms of over­all per­for­mance and driv­ing in­volve­ment, but also for re­li­a­bil­ity. It was a sen­sa­tion­ally en­gag­ing pack­age that won the mar­que new cus­tomers and fans the world over. The sen­sa­tional V8, good for 9000rpm, was its soul and it helped make the car sim­ply bril­liant.

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