• Jul 28, 2009
Ferrari 458 Italia - Click above to watch the videos after the break

For all those Ferrari devotees that immediately closed their eyes and began making revving engine and shifting gear sounds after drooling on the keyboards in their cubicles over the new 458 Italia earlier this morning, we have good news. While not exactly a new series of photos, the crew from Maranello has let loose two new videos of its mid-engined hypercar. The first vid gives us an early glimpse of the suitably high-tech view from the driver's seat, but both new clips may offer something even better: the glorious sound of Ferrari's latest mid-mounted 4.5-liter V8 engine running up and down the ratios of its seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.

While we'll always have intense affection for the sound of a good 'ol over-cammed and under-muffled American V8 engine rumbling away at idle, there's something uniquely intoxicating about the screeching wail made by 562 Prancing Italian Horses galloping along at a full 9,000 rpm. Thanks for sharing, Ferrari. Click past the break to watch the videos... and be sure to turn up those speakers.



[Source: Ferrari]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't get past that ugly front end, yikes. Still think the F360 is one of their best designs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and teh 355 before it was even better.
        this car looks like it's appealing to the kinda guys that would buy a vector w8
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pininfarina needs to stop handing the pen to the drunk guy when it comes time to design rear ends.

      As for the sound, I kinda have to agree with Nick. Not that it sounds bad, but I expected more of a traditional Ferrari-esque wail instead of a Civic in VTEC.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since you are the expert why aren't you working at Pinnanfarina? Obviously they'll take you since you meet all their qualifications. I was just on their website and here are their requirements for a a career opportunity with them. "Lame internet forum 'know it all' who thinks that just because something is unappealing to him, means it is rubbish."

      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh man, I threw on my headphones and wow, great soundtracks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As much as I want to like the sound of this... hyper-revving Ferrari engines just grate on me. Ferrari's look gorgeous but, to me, they sound like some unholy combination of a weedwhacker and leafblower symphony... add the track-prepped downshifts and you get all the pops and crackles of said weedblowers munching on glass mixed with concrete.

      I totally understand I am outside the norm on this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      uhmmm.. this doesnt sound THAT glorious to me.... it sounds like a..... hopped up Vtec to me, what happened to beautiful screaming Ferrari?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, I expected it to sound more like ferari v8s in the past ;) the complete opposite of an American v8.... Hence me saying "where's that beautiful Ferrari screaml" you read that part before u got your panties in a wad about your si right?
        And I like the sound of vtecs to... They're great, for a 4 cylinder engine, not a cylinder Italian car
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am so glad they didn't add any background or cheesy soundtrack music to either of these "videos."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, it sort of reminds me of a NSX with S2000 interior and twice the power :D
        Well, at least Ferrari knows when they see a good thing, Honda doesn't as of lately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm disappointed to say I'm not that impressed. I'm sure it will be a masterpiece to drive, but the styling is fussy and somewhat generic, the V8 sounds too muffled and not very Ferrari-ish and the stupidly fast shifts almost make it sound like an automatic. I think I'd rather have an F355...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's got thrice-pipe
      Ñikki Be Love
      • 2 Years Ago
      h
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a trapezoidal version of a civic interior?
      • 5 Years Ago
      needs more "shriek"

      the 360CS is still the king in that category.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sounds sterile, even the 360 sounds better, not to mention the beautiful 10 cylinder of a gallardo. maybe because of the direct injection.
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