• Aug 2, 2010
Top Gear reviews the Ferrari 458 Italia – Click above to watch video after the jump

Jeremy Clarkson has got his hands on a Ferrari 458 Italia, and his particular take on the coupe involves a comparison to the venerable 308, a drag race with James May's personal F430, Clarkson opening his heart to flappy paddles, a "humiliation" and of course, a lap with The Stig. All that and more is a click away, so follow the jump to get watching. Hat tip to Tyler!

[Source: BBC via YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      It is one of the all-time most beautiful cars made by anyone, period. Ferrari or not, every detail is perfect. When form follows function, the result is almost always great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice that everytime he complained about the lack of a speedo it immediately cut to a shot where you could clearly see one on the left screen? Sometimes I think Clarkson can be such a chump.

      Otherwise, that was pure sex.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm surprised nobody commented on the steering wheel/dashboard. Perfect example of "overthinking" things.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Besides, the criticism is a bit moronic, because the use of indicators is before turning and if you're waiting until you've turned the wheel 180º before turning on the lights you're driving badly. I bet it has auto headlights too... He was nitpicking. If I have a car on opposite lock I'm not exactly in a position to go for the light stalks or clean the windscreen...

        This is Jeremy Clarkson, the man is an auto journalists equivalent of the News of the World.

        The Italia is a great car, easily the best mid engine Ferrari, money considered, and, as shown by the stig, just a wiff behind an enzo which currently is worth probably 2 million US $. I am a Lambo guy, yet if I won the lottery this would probably be my first supercar, even if it does look a bit wierd. I like it though, it out lambos a lambo in extravegance and could actualy be usuable as a daily driver...
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is the normal Top Gear car review on the good cars. It's bad, nothing works - non of this matters, it's amazing!! M5 review being prime example of this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Over-thinking? Please, if you actually have spatial displacement issues by turning the wheel upside down, you shouldn't be driving. 180 degrees equals backwards. Simple, not to mention if you have the wheel in such position, you wouldn't be trying to decipher left from right, or whether the lights should be on. Really. And as far as the speedo/nav, if you notice in the TS video, the "inconsequential" data on the left shows speedo info while driving, just not a dial format. Straight numbas. Perfect, but not for idiots, which is how I like it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Clarkson, the steering ratio is 11:1. There is very little steering wheel input required in the real world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rear reminds me a lot of an Enzo, with a much much more beautiful front. Anyone agree?

      I still kind of like the F430 somewhat more because it looks perfect from almost every angle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's over 9000!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Clarkson is such a Ferrari homer, he's got no credibility.

      He was like the biggest booster of the F430 for YEARS! Saying how it is the best, looks beautiful and on and on. He's a joke.

      The F458 is, to me, at least, a step backwards in looks from the F430 and even the F360. Heck, prolly one of the best looking Ferraris in my opinion was the F355, and I think that looks better than the F458.

      F458 hasn't grown on me, but then again, I'm not a big Ferrari guy.
      Kumail
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its insane how much faster it is than the F430, definitely wasn't expecting that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        the jump in power from F430 to 458 is a bigger jump than any "replacement" model in Ferrari's entire history. On top of that, the 458 is lighter and has a better transmission. You can tell right at the launch, the 458 gets a 10-foot jump in the first half-second.

        Having driven both of these cars pretty extensively, Jeremy is 100% right. The 458 makes the 430 (even the Scuderia) completely obsolete.

        Things Jeremy left out:
        The 458 has an air conditioner that actually works, a radio that actually sounds good, and a nose-trunk large enough to fit a human being in, which I tried, with a 5'9", 160lb friend of mine. The automatic mode feels like a real automatic, not like a beginner learning stick, and, for perhaps the first time ever, you can drive it around all day and never exceed 2,000 RPM. Not that you'd ever be stupid enough to try that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yawn....

      nothing to do with the Ferrari, im sure its an amazing car.

      at this point TG has become a great display of production value....but they've run out of creative narrative.

      i can literally cut and paste his script from the last 20 episodes to every episode when he gets in a car he likes and drives it.
      I don't believe a thing that comes out of their mouth.
      case in point, if you believe all that came out of his mouth on this report, this thing should've at least beaten the Enzo.

      5th gear at least has a clear original and different opinion PER car and i believe what they say to be what they think and not what would sound funnier of more clever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This was a funny episode as a whole. The classic british car comparison, while the cars not appealing to me, had excellent sarcasm humor. "Wow, roadworks on British highways, you never see that!".
      • 4 Years Ago
      When the 458 first came out, I didn't really get it and thought it was ugly. Since then the design has grown on me immensely and I now feel that it's really going to set the design trend in the supercar world for the next few years. Not to mention it's one of the best looking Ferraris ever created.

      I feel like Lexus tried to do the same thing with the LFA but it just looks weird with all those scoops and odd lines.
      • 4 Years Ago
      correct me if I am wrong but I beleive Jeremy is wrong when he is talking about the front adjustable flaps on the italia that are pushed down at speed. Jeremy explains that this is to force more air under the car....This does not make sense to me since it would push air OVER the car the way they are slanted and the entire point of racing bodywork is to make as little air go underneath the car as possible and thus reduce drag.

      thoughts?
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