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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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  • FERRARI 458 Speciale

    £334,990 £334,990

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 1762 mi
    • Engine size: 4.5
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  • Ferrari 458

    £199,990 £199,990

    20'' Forged diamond cut alloys, Carbon driving zone, Scuderia Shields, Carbon fibre steering wheel inc LED, High powere hifi system, Yellow rev counterVVS are delighted to offer this very low mileage 2014 Ferrari 458 Spider presented in the very best colour combination of Rosso Corsa with contrasting Cuoio full leather seats with rosso Ferrari branding and nero carpets. A high spec car including carbon fibre driving zone, carbon fibre B posts, scuderia shields, carbon fibre rear grill, sports sills, yellow brake calipers, cruise control, high power JBL hifi system, front and rear parking sensors and a full supporting Ferrari main dealer service history having just been serviced under the service plan and remaining Ferrari warranty until 30., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 6000 mi
    • Engine size: 4497
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  • 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider


    20" Forged Diamond Alloys, Large Carbon Fibre Racing Seats, Carbon Fibre Steering Wheel + LEDS, Carbon Fibre Rear Moulding, Carbon Fibre Outer B-post Trim, Radionavi System, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, High Power Hi-Fi System, Sport Sill Covers, Internal/External Electrochromic Mirrors, AFS System, iPod Connection, 458 Mechanic Steering Column, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Grigio Chiaro Special Coloured Stitching, Yellow Brake Calipers, Yellow Rev Counter, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, UK Supplied, Exceptional Example!

    • Mileage: 17635 mi
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  • FERRARI 458 Speciale

    £279,995 £279,995

    Rosso Corsa Nero / Rosso Interior 3d fabric Coloured stitching Alcantara head lining Carbon seats Roll bar Nart stripe Adaptive front lights Yellow Calipers Carbon front flaps Carbon Engine covers Carbon rear diffuser Carbon centre wheel caps Suspension lifter Fire extinguisher Chronmatic mirrors Rear parking sensor. Nav track Reg not included. Call 07836 621 520.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 4300 mi
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  • Ferrari 458 Spider

    £207,995 £207,995

    The car has covered 5,900 miles from new, has recently been serviced and is supplied in superb condition throughout with the balance of its warranty and 7 year service package, importantly the car benefits from whole car Paint Protection Film which was applied by the industry experts when the car was just a few months old.

    • Mileage: 5900 mi
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  • Ferrari 458 Speciale

    £339,995 £339,995

    Rosso Corsa with Nero Alcantara Interior, Rosso Interior 3D Fabric, Nero Stellato Racing Stripe, 20” Forged Dark Painted Rims with Yellow Brake Callipers, Large Carbon Fibre Racing Seats, Driver Seat Adjustment Device, AFS System, Alcantara Wheel Arches, Carbon Fibre Front Flaps, Carbon Fibre Engine Cover, Carbon Fibre Rear Diffuser, Carbon Fibre Side Nolders, Cruise Control, Suspension Lifter, Titanium Exhaust Pipes, Coloured Mats with Logo, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Internal and External Electro-Chromatic Mirrors, Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Parking Camera, Yellow Rev Counter, Carbon Fibre Centre Caps, Radionavi System, Integrated Audio System with Bluetooth Telephone Preparation and Security System with NavTrak.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 1900 mi
    • Engine size: 4.5
    For sale
  • 2013 FERRARI 458 SPIDER

    $219,500(£171,231.95) $219,500(£171,231.95)

    --Black with Black leather/Alcantara interior and Black carpeting, 13,000 miles from new/One owner from new, 7-speed F1-style paddle shift gearbox. Factory options include: Carbon Fiber Racing Seats, Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel with LEDs, Color Matched Stitching, Hifi Sound System, Yellow RPM Gauge, Black Brake Calipers, Sport Exhaust, Sport Sill Covers and Ferrari iPod Connection. The power output is from a 4.5 Liter V8 engine producing 561 hp at 9000 rpm and 398 ft lb of torque at 6000 rpm. Performance is 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 199 mph. This 458 Spider is exceptional throughout, complete with its original books, tools, cover, battery tender, alarm remotes, and remainder of its Ferrari 7-year/87,500 miles factory warranty through 2019. Video walk-around and road test: https://youtu.be/qmx36VyEO1k

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 13000 mi
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  • Ferrari 458

    £345,995 £345,995

    Variant name:Speciale Coupe ,Variant: Speciale Coupe 4.5 F1 2015 '15' with 91 miles. Rosso Corsa & Blue Nart Racing Stripe, Black Alcantara and Tessuto Red/ 3D Fabric with Contrast Rosso Stitching. Anti Stone Shipping Film, Matt Grey Wheels, Yellow Ferrari Centers, Red Brake Calipers, Electronic Mirrors and Scuderia Ferrari Shields. Door Sills in Carbon Fibre with Black Alcantara Handles, Alcantara Steering Wheel Arches, Alcantara and Carbon Fibre Central Tunnel, Carbon Fibre Racing Seats (Large) with Seat Adjustment and White Rev Counter. AFS (Adaptive Frontlight System), Suspension Lifter, Cruise Control, iPod Connection, Radio Nav System + Bluetooth and NavTrack Anti Theft System. A perfect example that is UK supplied and comes with a Warranty Package until April 2019 and Maintenance Package May 2022. A unique opportunity to own a 458 Speciale under 100 miles.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 95 mi
    • Engine size: 4.5
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  • Ferrari 458 ITALIA DCT

    £157,995 £157,995

    About this Ferrari 458 ITALIA DCT The 458 Italia is a mid-engined sports car produced by the Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari. The 458 replaced the Ferrari F430, and was first officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 458 is powered by a 4,499 cc 570BHP engine mated to a 7 speed Getrag Gearbox as shared with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG which combined give a 0-60 time of 2.9 - 3.0 seconds! This particular highly specified example is well known to us and is finished in Nero Daytona Black with Crema electric Daytona seats and Nero Black carpets. The upper dash and headlining is finished in matching leather and is complimented by the very expensive option of carbon fibre driving zone with LEDs, Carbon fibre centre bridge and dash inserts. On the exterior this car is fitted with 20" Sport Diamond rims which are slowed down by huge yellow calipers on Carbo-ceramic brakes. Finished and complimented by yellow Scuderia wing shields and an invisible front antichipping film. This car was over £212,000 new and now with only 9000 miles and 5 Maranello Services under its belt, continued Manufacturers Warranty until January 2018 and a Service Pack until January 2019, surely t

    • Mileage: 9000 mi
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  • 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia


    20" Forged Diamond Alloys, Sports Exhaust System, Large Carbon Fibre Racing Seats, Radionavi System + Bluetooth, Rear Parking Sensors, iPod Connection, 458 Electric Steering Wheel, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Yellow Brake Calipers, Yellow Rev Counter, UK Supplied, Exceptional Example! Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Heated Electric Mirrors, Automatic Climate Control, Electronic Stability Control, Electrically Adjustable Steering Column, LED Running Lights, Push Button Start, F1 Traction Control, Rain Sensor Wipers.

    • Mileage: 9530 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari 458

    £154,950 £154,950

    Variant name:Coupe Italia ,Derivative:Italia ,Variant: Italia 2dr Auto Leven Car Company present This Ferrari 458 Italia 2dr Auto Finished in Rosso Corsa With Nero Leather Interior. Contact Us For More Information Or For An HD video. Tailored Finance Packages Available With Excellent Rates.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 13793 mi
    • Engine size: 4.5
    For sale
  • FERRARI 458 Spider

    £169,950 £169,950

    Satellite Navigation Yellow Brake CAlipers Outer Carbon Fibre B Posts Bridge in Carbonio Leather Central Tunnel Carbon Fibre Rear Moulding iPod Connection Carbon Fibre Steering Wheel with LED's Scuderia Ferrari Shields Full Optional Mirrors Bluetooth Telephone Parking Camera Front and Rear Parking Sensors Sport Sill Covers Black Piping Yellow Rev Counter 20' Forged Diamond Rims Full Electric Seats Hi Powered Hi Fi Special stitching Tyre Pressure Monitoring UK Supplied Excellent Condition Air Conditioning Alloy Wheels Carbon-ceramic Brake Central Door Locking Reversing camera Dealer/Manufacturer Warranty Delivery Available Financing Available Full Service History

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 20000 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari 458 Speciale

    £294,995 £294,995

    The exterior benefits from 20" forged wheels painted in Nero, Giallo Modena Brake Calipers and Scuderia Wing Shields. Today this example has covered just 2,200 miles from new and as such is in the condition one would expect. Accompanied by its original bookpack, spare key, and tools this Speciale is available to view immediately at our showrooms just outside London.

    • Mileage: 2200 mi
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  • Ferrari 458 Spider

    £179,995 £179,995

    Nero Stellato Metallic Special Paint with Sabbia Leather Interior, Nero Carpets and Dashboard, Nero Piping and Stitching, Sabbia Leather Headlining & Cabin Upper Zone, 20” Forged Diamond Rims with Aluminium Brake Callipers, Sabbia Leather Central Tunnel, Climate Controlled Air Conditioning, CST, Cruise Control, Full Electric Heated Seats with Driver Memory, Front and Rear Parking Distance Control with Rear Parking Camera, AFS Headlamps, Electro-Chromatic Rear View Mirror, HELE, Sport Exhaust Pipes, Rear Diffuser in Carbon Fibre, Front Suspension Lifter, Carbon Fibre Steering Wheel with LED’s, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, White Rev Counter, TPMS, RadioNavi System, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, IPod Connection, High Power HIFI System with CD Player and Security System with NavTrak ADR.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 12300 mi
    • Engine size: 4.5
    For sale
  • FERRARI 458 Speciale LHD

    £239,950 £239,950

    Satellite Navigation Bluetooth Telephone 20' Forged Gold Alloys Yellow Brake Calipers Coloured Safety Belts in Giallo Titanium Exhaust Pipes Fire Extinguisher Heat Insulating Windscreen Special Livery Scuderia Ferrari Shields Parking Camera Front and Rear Parking Sensors Racing Stripe Yellow Rev Counter Carbon Fibre Racing Seats Driver Seat Adjustment Integrated Audio System Interior 3D Fabric Colour in Giallo Genuine Maintenance Service until 2021 Can be supplied at additional cost FI Sports Exhaust 20' Alloy Wheels Carbon-ceramic Brake Climate Control Delivery Available Financing Available Full Service History

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 6000 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari 458 Italia Dct S-A

    £164,950 £164,950

    Registered 2012 Mileage 4,175 miles Engine Size 4.5l Transmission Automatic Fuel Type Petrol Fuel Consumption N/A Registered 2012 Registration RO62BSX Previous Owners N/A Fuel Consumption N/A Tax Band N/A Tax Cost N/A Colour Grigio Silverstone Interior Trim N/A Exterior Colour Grigio Silverstone Doors N/A Fuel Type Petrol Bodystyle Coupe Mileage 4,175 miles Engine Size 4.5l Transmission Automatic MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. They are unlikely to represent real world efficiency. Left Right Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Warranty Technical Spec Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Fitted Options 1 Owner Vehicle Sport Sill Cover Xenon Headlamps Full Ferrari Service History Ferrari Service Pack Tyre Pressure Monitoring Carbon Ceramic Brakes Alarm & Immobiliser

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 4175 mi
    For sale
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