• Aug 8, 2009
A lightly-camo'ed Ferrari 458 Italia has been caught napping by the roadside, and from the looks of it, Ferrari doesn't appear to have pulled any tricks with its renderings: the car's a dead ringer for what was presented last week, right down to the seriously extended mirror stalks and that disappearing back end. This is all very good, and we can't wait to see the 458 Italia up close in Frankfurt. Hat tip to Milad.


[Source: iCars]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      DUDE ITS A CHOP!!!!!!!!!!! LOOK @ the RIMS 4 and 1/2 spokes, and front grills scoops are just fake and don't match.
        • 5 Years Ago
        looks at the two new pics in the link i posted , not a chop, look again amigo
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jeremy ok, the new pix show that its real and its testing. But why is the first pic missing those wheels spokes?
      • 5 Years Ago
      only two things I see noticeably different.

      The part by the door handle is not as aggressive (runs to the trunk), thank goodness!
      And the front hood seems smaller or the bumper is bigger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I'm the only one who thinks that this looks the best out of the entire Ferrari lineup. I'm glad they didn't alter anything major from concept to production.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it looks more 430ish in the flesh, but that might just be the camo tape
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks just fine to me.
      I will take that one please, just the way it is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best looking Ferrari I've seen in a while. I never liked the 360, the 430 was pretty decent, but this is actually pretty hot. I still miss the simplicity in design of the 355, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was to young to really know but did care so much bout 3 exhaust pipes when the f40 came out?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh wow! this is it. I mean when the F430 came out it was like not even a comparison to its predecessor the F360. This new version is going to be unreal! Cant wait to buy one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's a mess. ferrari should have never stopped using Pininfarina, and the occasional Bertone foray, to style their cars. this looks like the NSX prototype of a few years ago. no class, no style. it could be a toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pininfarina has been slipping on Ferrari design for a while. The 599, The California... even the Enzo could have been better looking than it was.

        All are ferraris, and spectacular cars, but the newest ones, the styling is something to get past, not as drop-dead gorgeous as predecessors. They are trying too hard, and pushing too far away from known good aesthetics, without defining new good aesthetics.

        The 430 and 550/575 were the newest cars from Ferrari/Pininfarina that I could just look at, and get a great first impression. Pininfarina's most recent drop-dead gorgeous car was the 75th anniversary birdcage Maserati concept car.

        The 599, california, and now this 458, are all oddly proportioned, with very narrow waists, and very wide rear hips. The lines and details don't flow well, and the details don't say "refined aggression", they say "pretentious art-school design, regardless of who doesn't like it."

        These newer cars, and a lot of new cars in general, look like they were designed in a classroom by people who know technique, but don't know context or reason. They know the motions of directing an orchestra, but don't have the first clue about the music.

        Cars of the past were sculpted by people who knew about what had to fit under the skin, how the skin should look, and what that meant for the air flow over it. They knew the context of their subject, not just the motions of how to pen a model that tries very hard not to look like last year's model, for the sake of fashion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you take a look at the side panel of the 458 on the official pictures you'll see that it's also a Pininfarina design.

        Toyota has some nice cars, like some of the supra, some of the celica, some of the MR2. This looks way better than any of them, have no idea what you're talking about. It looks just like what it is, a new generation ferrari, and probably the best of them, the almost affordable mid engine V8 cars.

        You're free to have a negative opinion on the car of course, taste is subjective, but the way you framed it shows some ignorance of the automotive world as well as some ad hoc brand name dropping which only compounded said ignorance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hahaha, you fail. The car is styled by Pininfarina. Go home.
      • 5 Years Ago
      now i kno this is just a test mule...but it looks like all its covered with is a few graphix n minor body cladding....but anyone else here think that this new Ferrari is just f'ing ugly?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Guys the correct source for this is teamspeed.com & rennteam
      See here the time this was posted -- http://www.teamspeed.com/forums/458-430-360/27188-spotted-458-italia-flesh.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is NOT an improvement over the F430. It's fallen even further behind the Gallardo LP 560-4.

      And I hate cars that have the belt line in the sheet metal drop down at the doors, then another exaggerated crease flares over the rear fenders. But if you must follow that design style, the Artega GT did it last year. Ferrari's is not demonstrably better.

      http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/artega-gt/#8
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