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Ferrari 458 Italia – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Frankfurt Motor Show is fast approaching, but rather than hit the brakes as they would for an approaching corner, Ferrari is pulling out all the stops. In gearing up to unveil their new 458 Italia at the show next month, Ferrari is giving us a little more each week. We've already seen the first batch of shots, downloaded the ringtone and heard the company's brand and technical directors talk about the car; now Maranello has released an additional video of Paolo Pininfarina of the eponymous design studio talk about the car's styling, and with it released a new batch of interior, motion and studio shots.

Always eager to adopt lessons learned on the grand prix circuit into its road cars, Ferrari has further centralized the controls onto the Italia's steering wheel. What we'd usually find on column-mounted control stocks has apparently all been moved to the steering wheel's fascia, including the turn indicators, headlamps and windscreen wipers – in addition to the chassis setting switch and ignition button, while redundant stereo controls move to the back of the wheel ahead of the even larger shift paddles.

There's also a new Vehicle Dynamic Assistance system to monitor operating temperatures and tolerances of the engine, gearbox, brakes and tires and alerts the driver to whether the car is warming up, overheated or ready to go. Check out the images in the gallery below and read all about it in the press release after the jump – which is where you'll also find the video interview. Oh, and don't forget to stay tuned for the next segment, as Ferrari says it will include an interview with Michael Schumacher! Thanks for the tip, Patrick.

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: ***EXCLUSIVE*** The Ferrari 458 Italia is seen during the Ferrari 458 Italia auction event to benefit Haiti held at Fleur de Lys on March 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

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More news on the Ferrari 458 Italia on www.ferrari.com: new photos and interview now on the site in the run-up to the Frankfurt Show

Maranello, 27 August 2009 – In the run-up to the official unveiling of the Ferrari 458 Italia at the Frankfurt Motor Show on the 15th of September, enthusiasts can find out more about the car on www.ferrari.com. There they will find the first photographs of the 458 Italia's interior and of the steering wheel and instrument binnacle which represent a significant step forward in the concept of the ergonomic interface between driver and car.

In fact the main commands are now grouped on the steering wheel, the secondary commands are handily set in two satellite pods either side of the dash and there are now comprehensive instrument displays on the panel ahead of the driver. These solutions represent an important safety aspect, enabling the driver to concentrate fully on driving. Similarly this layout ensures maximum control of the car in highperformance driving, an uncompromising approach that derives directly from Ferrari's F1 experience.

Working closely with the Ferrari Styling Centre, the engineers have thus reinterpreted the positioning of the major commands to provide a truly driver-oriented cockpit. All steering-column mounted stalks have been eliminated, with the indicators, full beam, flash and windscreen wiper functions now being activated by buttons on the steering wheel boss. The button to select the shock absorber setting is now positioned next to the 'Engine start' button where it falls readily to hand. Behind the wheel are a number of secondary functions, such as the stereo, while the gearbox paddles are now longer making shifts even easier from any steering angle.

The right-hand satellite pod on the dash incorporates controls for the infotainment, the Bluetooth connection, sat-nav, digital speedo and rear parking camera. Clustered on the left-hand satellite pod instead are the optional cruise control, buttons for choosing the video setting of the left-hand dash TFT screen and the on-board computer interface. The latter controls the trip computer, the Vehicle Dynamic Assistance and the display of the car's set-up.

The Vehicle Dynamic Assistance monitors the operating parameters of the most important areas of the car - engine/gearbox, tyres and brakes. The VDA is enabled in the following manettino settings – Race, CT off and CST off – and provides visual confirmation of the status of each component based on an algorithm from parameters reading lateral and longitudinal acceleration, revs and speed. This enables the driver to assess the ideal operating conditions for the car. There are three status settings: WARM-UP (operating temperature too low), GO (ideal operating conditions) and OVER (one or more components are no longer at their optimum level and need cooling).

Along with the photos now on-line, the Ferrari site also includes an exclusive videointerview with Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of Pininfarina S.p.A., who provides indepth insight into the 458 Italia's design philosophy and exterior styling. The next release on www.ferrari.com will include an analysis of the car's performance characteristics with an interview with seven-times F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Fabulously beautiful!

      The 250 and 430 series and now this 458 are my favorites.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too much Lexus LF-A rear end there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too much of an unreleased concept car in an about to be released production car.

        I know the LF-A has been out for a while, but come on.

        Furthermore, they look nothing alike.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is what Ferrari is all about. Continuing to push the boundaries of putting advanced technology derived from their F1 cars into their GT cars and wrapping it around a great looking package. This car is the perfect balance of form and function.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Hoya & Flea

      You guys are talking about F1 and professional racing, I'm talking about production car performance, what good is all that F1 tech that ferrari "uses" in their production cars if they get beat by the competition?!?!?!?!?! Plus now you got the corvette c6r's in the GT2 class, smart money would bet that they will dominate in that class as they did in GT1.

      Ferrari's have and always will be GIMMICKY cars, sort of like dating a supermodel, they look great on the outside and you are the envy of your friends until they open their mouth and say something ignorant which ends up embarrassing you...if you want a steering wheel with 30 buttons on it then by all means buy the car. I just want my steering wheel to be limited to two tasks, steering and horn operation!
      • 5 Years Ago
      l like this gen better than the last. Sexier, better lines, car flows better. Might just trade in lambo
      • 5 Years Ago
      so where exactly is the speedometer?
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should call this the Ferrari 458 Forza. It looks more like a car designed for the video game generation rather than the clientele that could actually purchase one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. But not in a bad way. Technology has to advance and Ferrari is the most likely candidate to advance it on a sports car. These new fancy features will only help to make the car even better rather than take away from the experience. I think it's going to be one badass car, and Ferrari will (once again) blow away the competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Technology/Aero - Step forward (look at the front grill -- to quote Mr. Pininfarina, the two pins in the grill "deform at high speeds to improve aerodynamic performance")

      Looks - Step backwards (look at the front grill)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see this new stallion tested and pitted against the competition..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this car, by far the sexiest Ferrari of the last 20 years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hardly...the sexiest over the last 20 years has to be the streamlined look of the F355
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would buy one just for that awesome interior.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I do not like Ferrari's new car. The F430 is 100 times sexier.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, the more I look at it the more I think it's weird and kinda ugly. The 360 Modena was the prettiest in the last decade. The latest one tries too hard to be angry and futuristic.
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