2013 Ferrari 458 Italia
A joy to drive and eye wateringly fast
All audio functions failed: radio, Bluetooth, VR, etc. Turned out to be a faulty hard disk drive, which Ferrari replaced without question. In all other respects, the car has been very reliable.
Stunningly fast to drive. Twitchy under heavy acceleration from a zero start. The double clutch box is beautiful and changes gear in a few milliseconds. Downshifting and planting your right foot to overtake is almost a piece of pure insanity. The acceleration is mindboggling. Passengers go very silent and turn pale when you floor the throttle. This Ferrari is light years ahead of my old 355 and 360 in technology and pure driving pleasure. The steering is light but positive. I could almost imagine losing this car at speed into a corner. It deceives you into believing you are on rails, such is the way it sticks to the road.
The triple exhaust has a pair of butterfly valves that open at around 3000 RPM and let loose the two previously dormant exhaust pipes. The result is a magnificent howl from the exhaust that just gets louder as the revs go up.
For city driving you need to select "Bumpy Road" on the steering wheel. It's an irritation that you can't select this suspension mode as default as it means you have to select bumpy road every time you start the car. The default suspension mode is bone jarringly hard and downright uncomfortable. But as that is my only complaint, I give this Ferrari a 10 out of 10 for driver excitement.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th October, 2015