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Ferrari 458 Italia and Spider: Buying guide and review (2010-2015)

Ferrari 458 Italia and Spider: Buying guide and review (2010-2015) Classic and Performance Car
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When the 458 replaced the F430 in 2009, it was the latest in a line of ‘junior’ Ferrari supercars that could be traced back to the late-’60s Dino. But ‘junior’ somehow didn’t really suit the 458, not when it packed a 4.5-litre V8 pumping a mighty 562bhp at 9000rpm, enough to launch it to 124mph faster than the contemporary 599 GTB (10.4sec v 11sec) and on to a 202mph maximum. It also lapped Fiorano as quickly as the hardcore 430 Scuderia, despite weighing 135kg more and being on regular road tyres.
 
That sort of speed couldn’t just be down to brute force: the 458 was also packed with cutting-edge tech. The screaming V8, boasting direct injection, a high, 12.5-to-one compression ratio and graphite-coated pistons, drove the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch paddleshift transmission (no longer was there a conventional manual option). 
 
The chassis featured adaptive magnetic dampers along with the latest E-Diff and F1-Trac stability and traction control. The beautiful Pininfarina upper surfaces combined with underbody aero to produce up to 360kg of downforce, while the winglets in the front air intakes moved down by 20mm at speed to clean up the airflow. Inside, there were sophisticated multi-mode TFT screens and a minimalist dash that saw even more controls migrate to the steering wheel, including (and not to everyone’s liking) those for the indicators and wipers.
 
The odd carping about switchgear aside, the 458 was received with something approaching rapture. Not only was it searingly quick and dynamically brilliant, but the sense of quality and refinement at all speeds was a revelation. And, of course, you had the instant response and yowling soundtrack of a high-revving naturally aspirated Ferrari V8 – one of the last of its breed.
 
A Spider version with a retractable aluminium hardtop was launched in 2011, and in 2014 came the stripped-out, 597bhp 458 Speciale, simply one of the greatest supercars of any era, but also fearsomely expensive today. 
 
A ‘regular’ 458 isn’t exactly a bargain – you won’t find many for less than £120k – but then these cars were often £200k-plus when new. Although the list price was a smidge under £170k in 2010, Ferrari knows how to charge for options, particularly for all that lovely carbon trim, and it wasn’t uncommon for cars to be specced with up to fifty-grand’s worth of extras. The reason for the strong prices, though, is simple: sheer, jaw-dropping brilliance.
 

Which one to buy?

 
Ride and handling on the standard 458 Italia and Spider is a revelation for those expecting teeth jarring thuds over less than perfect road surfaces. The Speciale and Aperta are lighter and firmer on the road, but still not unduly hard over the rough stuff. Luggage space is decent enough for a weekend getaway for two, and a 458 can cover long distances with ease. The functions that are normally found on stalks in other cars are steering wheel mounted and can take a bit of getting used to. There were a number of customisation options available and most cars will be well specced, extras such as satnav are still modern enough to be useful. 
 
Residual values have been strong, but might see a small correction as owner’s trade up to the new 488, however the 458 Italia is a very accomplished vehicle and demand for good used examples should remain strong for some time to come.
 
Available in hardtop and convertible guises the 458 Italia and 458 Spider are based on the standard 570bhp engine while the Speciale introduced in 2013 and Speciale Aperta which came along the following year are the 597bhp versions with a number of aero and chassis modifications – including the brilliant slip angle control system. These models tend to sell for a lot more than the standard variants and are destined for modern classic status, especially the Speciale Aperta as only 499 were built.
 
The 458 proved to be very successful on the racing circuit with various race-only GT2 and GT3 models built and many owners use their standard cars regularly at track days.
 

Performance and specs

 
Ferrari 458 Italia
Engine 4497cc V8
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch
Power 562bhp @ 9000 rpm 
Torque 398lb ft @ 6000rpm
Top speed 202mph
0-62mph 3.2 seconds 
Fuel consumption 13.3mpg 
Gearbox Seven-speed semi-automatic dual clutch
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2650mm
Length 4527mm
Width 1937mm
Height 1213mm
Weight 1485kg
 

Common problems

 
• The 4.5-litre V8 is proving extremely reliable and generally issue-free. And there are no cambelts to worry about, so no especially scary service bills lurking. 
 
• Tracking down electronic glitches can be the biggest headache, so any workshop without the latest diagnostics equipment is going to struggle. That’s one reason most 458s stay within the dealer network and – while values remain buoyant – are likely to continue to do so for some time.
 
• From 2011, new 458s came with a seven-year service plan that was transferable between owners. So there’s no excuse to accept anything less than a full Ferrari service history. 
 
• Many 458s will now be out of the standard three-year manufacturer warranty – and even the extended four- or five-year warranty, if the previous owner coughed-up for that – but provided the mileage is under 56,000 and the history and condition passes all the Ferrari checks, you can get what Ferrari calls its New Power warranty, which covers all major components. The current cost is £2821 per year, and cars are eligible right up to their 11th birthday.
 
• The Getrag-built twin-clutch gearbox is a development of the unit first seen in the California (it was also used by Mercedes in the SLS AMG) but with shorter ratios and recalibrated shifts. As with the engine, it’s proving robust and largely issue-free. A few cars have suffered clutch glitches, but these have usually been cured by resetting the clutch-positioning sensors and updating the software. Clutch life can be checked, and, with a clutch kit costing the thick end of 20 grand, it would be wise to find out how much life is left on it.
 
• Check for leaking dampers. The 458’s standard adaptive units cost more than £1500 each and can only be bought in pairs. Leaks are generally not covered by warranties, either.
 
• Potentially the most serious threat to your financial health, however, are the brakes. Carbon-ceramics were standard on all 458s and they’re fearsomely expensive. A set of front pads alone is £656.50, and if you need to replace the discs you’ll be looking at a bill of over £10k. So you need to know they’ve been checked for wear and condition. 
 
• These cars also have a healthy appetite for tyres, so a recent set of new boots (rears are £250 a corner) is a plus. Also check the wheels for any damage (including on the inside edges for damage from potholes) as replacements are around £2500 apiece.
 
• It’s too early for any corrosion issues, so you’re looking for signs of accident damage, including variable panel gaps or respray paint lines or blend-in lines. Check under the front spoiler for scrapes, and around the nose for paint chips.
 
• Check all the toys and electronics work – TFT screens have occasionally given problems. 
When the 458 was new, a number caught fire – the rear-wheelarch liners at fault have all been replaced.
 

Model history

 
2010: After an initial unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009 the Ferrari 458 Italia goes on sale replacing the F430. 4.5-litre V8 engine produces 570bhp with no manual gearbox option available. Initially available in hard top Berlinetta body style
2011: 458 Spider introduced with aluminium electronically folding roof
2012: 458 Italia Special Edition built to commemorate 20 years of Ferrari sales in China. 20 units built with bespoke gold detailing on trim and plaque on dash. Ferrari SP12 EC one-off built with coachwork resembling the 512 BB
2013: 458 Speciale introduced. Modifications to exterior included new wheels, aero add-ons and central stripe along the bodywork. Weight was reduced by 90kg over standard car. Power was up to 597bhp with new SSC Slip Angle Control to assist in on-the-limit cornering
2014: 458 Speciale Aperta launched. 499 units built with similar specifications to hard top Speciale
2015: Final 458 built making way for the 488 replacement
 

Ferrari 458 rivals

 
McLaren 12C – Closest rival to the 458 in terms of performance and ability, the 592bhp 12C is even quicker and more capable, but not quite as involving. Good value from around £100,000.
 
Lamborghini Gallardo – The 552bhp LP560-4 (’08-’13) and lighter, lairier, 562bhp LP570-4 Superleggera (’10-’13) match the 458 for drama and presence, if not outright ability. From £100,000.
 
Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997) – Whether it’s the 997.1 (’07-’09) or the 997.2 (’10-’11) or the ultimate, 493bhp 4.0 version (’11-’12), the GT3 RS encapsulates the pure thrill of driving. From around £130,000.
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• ferrariownersclub.co.uk
• independentferrariservicing.co.uk
• clubscuderia.co.uk 
• ferrarichat.com 
• ferrariclubracing.co.uk
• dicklovett.co.uk
• hrowen.co.uk
• meridien.co.uk
 

Summary and prices

 
Values remain strong: 2010/11 cars with a full Ferrari history and a good spec start at c£140k, though you might find one privately for £130k. A few are around £120k but there’s usually a reason – LHD, high miles, less saleable colour combo, etc. Most 458s do very low mileages, and cars with four owners aren’t uncommon. Popular options include carbon-shelled seats, carbon trim, front suspension lift and Scuderia badges. Spiders start at c£170k. Speciale prices seem to have levelled off but, unfortunately for us, at a level not far short of £300k.
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Last updated: 23rd Feb 2017
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