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.