• Jan 18, 2010

Ferrari 458 Italia at the Frankfurt Auto Show – Click above for high-res image gallery

When you're driving a Ferrari, you'd better keep your eyes open. When you're buying one, you might want to avert your eyes lest they start watering. Because you know it's going to be a big bill. Just how big is a matter of details, and new reports from the glossies in the UK give us exactly that.

For the British market, the new Ferrari 458 Italia will sell for a whopping £169,545, or the equivalent of about $277,000 by today's conversion rates. A quick look at the outgoing prices reveals a whopping increase over the $199,000 MSRP for a 2009 F430, but a touch less than the $282k commanded by the 430 Scuderia (whose performance the new 458 eclipses and, it could be argued, effectively replaces). It's also worth noting that the figures are a fair bit higher than those suggested in the alleged leaked price sheet from back in October.

Of course pricing for new vehicles around the world isn't based on current exchange rates, but rather on local market considerations, so until U.S. pricing is announced, it's more relevant to look at relative prices in the UK itself. The £169k 458 Italia is over £40k (~$65k) more than the £128k F430, but a couple grand less than the £171k Scuderia. The California, in case you were wondering, lists at £143,325 on the 2010 UK price sheet (which includes all Her Majesty's tea party taxes) – but we're still supposed to believe the Cali's not the "baby Ferrari" we all predicted it would be.

If you're eyes aren't done watering yet, the price for a new 458 only continues to rise from there, with options like LEDs on the steering wheel at £2,794 ($4,563) Alcantara trim for the trunk at £1,445 ($2,360), electric seats at £2,120 ($3,462) and – wait for it – a £1,156 ($1,888) spare wheel.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      The photos do this car zero justice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I haven't seen a F458 in person yet but I'm willing to bet that this car looks much better in person. My wife and I saw a Porsche Panamera for the first time during the holidays and (I can't believe I'm saying this!) we both agreed that it didn't look that bad!

        My initial reaction to the F458 was "ouch..." but after putting a picture of one as my desktop background, I've grown to love the styling. I'd be happy having one in my driveway.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I think you guys are crazy. That car is gorgeous. And frankly, if I had 200k dollars to spend on a car, that looks like a pretty good buy to me. But then again that could also buy you a GT-R, a Corvette ZR1 and a MazaSpeed3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you had 200K you wouldn't be able to buy this car, would you?

        But you can get GT-R and ZR-1 for 200K.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's in the UK. UK pricing includes taxes and is always disproportionately more expensive than the corresponding exchange rate.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love it too. I don't understand why people hate the headlights so much. And the "slits" are functional.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Matt,

        read the article, you CANNOT get this car for $200,000.
        The base price is $277,000 without options and taxes.
        You are a long way off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well 200ish + taxes. Not not actually for 200k but close enough. The outgoing 430 was 199k
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it's faster than the 430, then who gives a rat's about being uglier?

      It's called performance, not beauty pageant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        be nice, he may have missed every single production and race model from ferrari leading up to the 458 over the last 40+ years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ferrari Ugly?
      The rear includes tri-pipe compare to Lexus LFA??
      Even they use high-end material to make the interior, it still looks cheap.
      The front end can be compared to its older predecessor, F430.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        zamafir

        I didn't realize that the F40(40th anniverssary car) was on sale in 1983. That's the year Lexus was "thought up" and started developing the LS400 that went on sale in 1989. You might want to do a little more research before you toss out ignorant commentary, yourself there pal.

        • 4 Years Ago
        "Where is your American Logic"

        Chav, are you really that dense or just completely ignorant? The F40 had three tail pipes.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3 - it's not that hard. the lexus comment is in refernce to the chav's comparing the tailpipes to the LF-A. The F40 had three tailpipes decades prior. The F40 went on sale in 87. the ls went on sale two years later. I'm guessing, by your logic, you assume the LF-A was available years ago even though it's going on sale... er lease... this year. Man you're entertaining. Do you and JDM Life hang out at the boba cafe together during JDM tuner nights or are you just one in the same?
        • 4 Years Ago
        zamafir@ Ok let's make thing simple. First tri-pipe was in F40, and it's been almost 25 years old. Did u see any improvement on 458 Italia's tri-pipe? In other hand, Lexus LFA's tri-pipe looks decent. I'm comparing the now a day design, not the originality. Where is the design soul of Ferrari?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh I see.
        However, I compared 458 Italia to LFA, and I'm sure most people can tell that LFA's rear includes tri-pipe is better than 458 Italia.
        I know you're going to say Ferrari brand have been established for years before Lexus have or 25 years old design , but I'm talking about the exterior design in now a day Ferrari and Lexus.
        Btw. People have different points of view about the design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no... like the F40. Might want to do a little bit of reading or visiting car meets before asserting ferrari is aping lexus when the F40 was on sale before the lexus brand was even made up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did u look at the topic above? Ferrari prices the 458 Italia for the UK from £169,545.
        We're talking about 458 Italia, not F40. Where is your American Logic?
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well first off, I don't know what a boba cafe' is.

        Secondly, you said that the F40 was on sale when they hadn't even thought up the Lexus brand. By 1987 they'd built many prototypes of the LS400. So how can what you said be true? It's not true, as Lexus was well into its development process by 1987 and had already been "made up" as you said. As a matter of fact, the F40 went into development in 1984, one year AFTER the Lexus Circle F project was started up by the heads of Toyota.

        You're doubly incorrect with your statement, but keep on blowing smoke up everyone's ass and see if they buy it. It's hilarious how you pretend to be an expert and can't admit that you made a mistake while trying to be a cheerleader. Your apparent lack of reading comprehension skills are entertaining, to say the least.
        • 4 Years Ago
        and one more thing. I do love 599, California, and Enzo so much, but not this one. Did you read the news that Ferrari hires a ex- Fiat, VW designer as chief designer?
        http://wot.motortrend.com/6630690/industry-news/in-good-hands-ferrari-hires-ex-fiat-vw-designer-manzini-as-design-chief/index.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      i think they tried making the car look really bold and different in a segment where different and bold should never really be put together...

      -the front looks more awkward than the LF-A
      -the back looks like they ran out of parts and had to throw something on it to cover the engine
      - the sides look smooth and clean.. which doesnt blend well with the rest of the car and the window slopes up to fast, while the roof line tapers down to fast, which makes the roof and the window seem like they came off two different cars....

      this car does not deserve the prancing horse... slap on a honda logo call it the NSX and maybe then it will start to impress people (no offense to NSX lovers it was a great car)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zamfari:

        Somehow your statement doesn't make sense. If you actually liked the classic Ferrari's, you'd also like this. Its design has all the cues of the older cars so for you to state otherwise is utter nonsense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        People who appreciate the classic Ferrari's will appreciate this car. The Boxer, the Dino, the Daytona. This car goes back to the classic, curvy style Ferrari was known for. It lost its way with the 348, Testarossa, 355. The F430 is a nice car but it looks like a straight ruler compared to this car.

        The curves on this car make it look so small, so nimble, so well dressed. Calling it a joke is plain retarded.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zamafir that was the exact angle i was looking at when i wrote that, thanks for agreeing with me... this car definatly needs help...

        @Ben thats what i was thinking... compared to the F430 this car is a joke... compared to the gorgeous gallardo this car isnt even a joke... its just a bad pun in this otherwise gorgeous segment, after the california and this monstrosity, Ferrari needs to fire their designers, and steal someone from Lamborghini or Maserati/Alfa.....

        Now i know that i might be upsetting the Ferrari fanboys... but Ferrari has lost its way, much like BMW, with designs that are too odd and bloated... in this segment preformance isnt everything....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Nozferat you're probably right about that..well in my case im 15 so i really dont know about and honestly dont care about past Ferraris even though im positive they turn heads, mine included, im young and i look into the future... a lot of cars that have gone back to look retro (Mustang, Challenger, Camaro, Fiat 500, etc.) even though they are not even close to this car in price, preformance, and in the segment they still look better than this and accomplish the modern retro goal, set by its designers. No i dont know what Ferraris designers were trying to accomplish, but hopefully this wasnt it because if this was what they were trying to do... i have lost faith in Ferrari... First the California, now this..come on now you have got to be kidding me. And trust me when i say that the corrent generation (being my generation) will not fall for this car, even though we obviously cant buy it, at this day and age with this many companies competing for market shares, it starts with designing for the future, if you dont make cars that teenagers and young adults can look at and want when they are older, then you arent going to make sales in the future, hopefully this product cycle ends soon and or i may have to just keep putting lamborghini posters on my walls in my room.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with you, i dont understand why people are calling this Ferrari one of the best looking ferrari since the old days. The car doesnt look well put together, i do understand that everything is suppose to be there for functions like those vents on the bumper, but for once Ferrari design a car with passion like you used to do. This just look like Ferrari using its design language from the past, i mean that circle tail light been there since the gto, change it up. Im sorry to say this to Ferrari fans, but i would love this car more if all the engines were fitted into a Maserati or a Alfa body because i know they design car with a since of passion in their head.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The roofine is strange, esp from this angle:
        http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/frankfurt-2009-ferrari-458-italia/full/#10
        it seems to have the same bulging neck fat "crap, we forgot to engineer this car with the intent to build a convertible" look the infiniti and lexus convertibles have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nozferat - lmao, that's funny because I love classic ferraris, spend as much time as I can around them, and don't care for this one bit. Try again with those blanket statements.
      • 4 Years Ago
      >> which includes all Her Majesty's tea party taxes

      Yet another shameless attempt by Autoblog at political trolling and pot stirring. Come on, Autoblog... grow up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The convertible's going to be great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The saddest thing about this car is that the tail lamps are actually really great and probably better than in any other Ferrari or any car ever for that matter, but they're tacked onto an ungly bangal but of a rear that literally looks like a wrinkled butt.

      The profile is the funniest though. It looks like they grafted the front end of a Porshe GT3 onto the roofline of a Hyundai Genesis (shifted slightly forwards) and the rear is sort like its taken off the Pontiac Solstice and then made gigantic. In classic Italian style the rear end also looks like a great big tit while front looks like a slightly wrinkly jonson.

      The headlights are a shoddy ripoff of Lamborghini and whoever designed them should think long and hard about why they made the decision not to go with classic enclosed double eye lights and went with the cheesy late naughtys concept car style.
      • 4 Years Ago
      From the front it looks more Toyota than Ferrari. A nice MR2 successor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interior looks so cheap
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very ugly. I think Ferrari is beginning to make cars that look like kit cars that are trying to look like Ferraris. Interesting way to fight copycats. Make their cars look better. It takes a lot of skill to make metal look like plastic. It's not a good thing, either. Oh well, I probably can't even fit in one anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

      I can't get over how awful the headlights/front end of this car is. Ruins such an otherwise well proportioned car.

      Its ended up looking a little bit too much like a Mazda concept car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They can pretty much charge whatever they want for the car, people will still pay it.

        It does look strange from some angles, I'll hold off on judgment until I see the real thing. I do like about 70% of what I see in pictures. The headlights are definitely controversial but it looks better in darker colors since the headlight trim blends in more than on a yellow car.

        Despite how good it is, the fact that it only comes with child-friendly paddles has really diminished my lust for it anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You both need glasses.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup. i need to see this thing in person to understand what the hell ferrari is doing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the back that's it.

        from the side looks like someone dropped a piano on it and the front looks like Howard the duck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        looks like i am not the only one who doesn't like the front of this car
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