Generally speaking, we prefer driving cars to building them. Still, you can't do the former if the latter isn't taken care of. And since one of the cars at the top of our "must drive" list is the Ferrari 458 Italia, naturally we're curious to see what it takes to put one together. Thankfully for us, then, Ferrari brought a video crew into its Maranello, Italy factory, and we're gifted a first-hand view of an engine coming to life.

The Prancing Horse's 4.5-liter V8 produces 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. That's enough energy to move the 458 Italia from 0-62 miles per hour in around 3.4 seconds. Keep the gas to the floor and you'll eventually see 202 miles per hour.

What does it take to bring that mill to life? Click past the jump to find out.




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      The box
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mmmm.... Flat plane crankshaft..
      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now, compare this to the precision of GT-R's engine assembly in controlled environment. I wonder if Ferrari puts love and care an donuts crumbs in every engine.
        Matt Off White
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Soccer Mom
        which, when you think about it is really necessary. The power figures for the GTR while very good are nothing special for a super car really. I've seen plenty of less "sophisticated" engines make more power with less displacement. IMO the way the GTR is made is mostly for advertising purposes. The 911 turbo makes similar power for it's size and you don't hear Porsche talking about the Unicorn blood it uses.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Soccer Mom
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          gtv4rudy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MachDelta, ... 6 seconds of less uglyness to see on the track.
          Toneron
          • 3 Years Ago
          LOL compare Nissan to Ferrari. With a number no less. Silly person!
          MachDelta
          • 3 Years Ago
          I'd be careful where you hurl your ignorance around, because that "rice burner" is 6 seconds faster around the ring than the 458.
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Soccer Mom
        Whatever, I can build both engines in the shed out behind my house. No big deal.
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet you won't find these guys smoking and drinking during their break like the Chrysler associates. It looks like these people actually take pride in what they do.
        ChrisDPrice
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        Building a hand-built 9000rpm, 562hp screamer of V-8 is a bit more engaging than farting out an engine for a Caliber or a Nitro (or whatever they were building at those Chrysler plants).
        Need Mulally 4 Ford
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        What's your point?
        Toneron
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        I thought the point was clear...
        John
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        It might have something to do with building Ferrari's instead of Sebrings and minivans.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool video to bad it was subtitled.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the California, 458, and Maserati engines are all built together with a lot of shared stuff? Id love to be the owner of a Maserati Quattroporte that 'accidentally' has the cams, valvesprings, crank and valvetiming of the 458 engine (giving me 125hp per liter or 588hp in a sexy 4 door), but even Italians cant be that drunk. The interview was ok but I would have rather seen a time lapse build from a naked block to a full 458 engine running wildly on an engine dyno.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sucky video w/o the engine audio wail....#fail
      • 3 Years Ago
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      lionsfan54
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where is the part where they put in the timing belts made of wet paper towel?
      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      I enjoyed that video a lot. I especially liked how those working on the engine are double checked by a system of computers - Like when it's time to choose the right valve spring for the type of engine they are building, if the worker chooses the wrong one, an alarm sounds and a light is lit alerting the worker they made a mistake. That is an awesome use of technology. I do wish it was in English because having to read the subtitles takes away from being able to watch the video closely but that's not AutoBlog's or anyone's fault.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      50merc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn sexy that 458 is really growing on me.
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