There would have to be something seriously wrong with any human being, if they didn’t visit the Ferrari stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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That’s especially true this year, where you will see on display one of the best shapes to come out of Maranello in years.

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The 458 Italia is a drop dead gorgeous machine, with super smooth lines not seen in a Ferrari since the 246 GT.

While the F430 was a far more advanced car than the F360 it replaced, the same goes for the 458 Italia.

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It’s a much quicker car than the F430, with the eight-cylinder engine developing 425kW and 540Nm of torque, of which 80-per cent is available from 3250rpm.

The 0-100km/h-sprint time comes up in less than 3.4 seconds and top speed is a jet like 326km/h.

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Shift times for the seven-speed F1 dual clutch gearbox have been reduced even further, while the weight of the car is just 1380 kilograms, which should make the car a spectacular track day weapon.

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There’s also a more direct steering ratio for greater control ,while up to 360 kilograms of down force is developed at top speed.

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It’s hard to believe, but the 458 Italia has 15 per cent more torsional rigidity than the F430.

Moreover CO2 emissions have been reigned in to a commendable 307 grams per kilometre, with fuel consumption now at 13.7 litre per 100 kilometre on the combined cycle.

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Ferrari’s 458 Italia is surely one of this year’s highlights at the Frankfurt Motor Show.