Seems that Jethro Bovington, who we recently spent time with while he reviewed the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta for EVO, wasn't finished with prancing horses after he turned in those keys. Putting on his Car and Driver hat, he took a 458 Spider for a spin up and down Italy's 180-year-old Stelvio Pass.

The combination Bovington set out to examine was perhaps the world's best mid-engined convertible supercar on perhaps the world's greatest driving road. Giving the grunt is a 4.5-liter V8 with 562 horsepower, and while there's a mere 110-pound penalty over the coupe, the open-air reverberations of that exhaust are indeed worth it, especially set to the scene of 60 hairpin turns and long, narrow straights over 9,045 feet of elevation and every kind of weather. So yeah: nobody loses. Scroll down to watch.



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      Hi There Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah, now there's a soundtrack!
      AnalogJesse
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 458 is a perfect car, roof or not.
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow what an experience!! I cannot die til I do the same!!
      EUniqe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly, i cannot understand why the Stelvio pass is considered "the best driving road in the world". I completely understand why it's so famous and challenging, but best driving road? Don't be ridiculous. I went there a couple years ago, with a relatively quick car and hated every second. Honestly, I couldn't wait for it to end. The car was naturally aspirated, so the closer i got to the top, the less power i had as there is serious altitude at the top. By the last quarter of the road i was struggling to exit hairpins in 1st gear. I had to constantly slip the clutch to prevent stalling. Yeah, hell fun. The only significant or challenging corners are the hairpins (of which there are a shedload) which, personally, i don't find very fun or challenging without a handbrake. To make it worse, the closer you get to the top the narrower the road becomes. So you have to stop before you reach the hairpins if someone is coming the other way, and then let them pass so you can both fit through the hairpin (or the other way around obviously). Then, only to struggle to start the car moving (as you've stopped up a hill and the lack of power) and continue straight for another 100m before repeating. I never exceeded 70km/h, or got out of second gear. You don't exactly get the sense of "being on the boil" and you don't exactly have much fun. I cannot understand why this road is praised as being such a great road for drivers. I had 10 times more fun in the Adelaide hills this morning. Those are proper driving roads with actual corners, not just a bunch of hairpins linked together by straights. I cannot see the fun in being deprived of power, stopping before every corner only to travel around it at 10km/h, never reaching third gear and never, ever testing the tyres grip. This may be very different in a supercar and when the road is empty, but for mere mortals going on an average day (is usally packed) it's the worst possible road i can think of. A little fun to do once, as it is so challenging, but i'm never going to return.
      prince_david
      • 2 Years Ago
      Crazy road looks like fun! That sausage they had at the top though.. I want. It looks delicious!
      ZenDriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want his job.
      Marcus G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thanks for the wonderful video! I rode this pass on a BMW motorcycle some years ago and LOVED every second of it. A spectacular portion of the world. A superlative car.
      ssbjohn
      • 2 Years Ago
      can anyone say -- add one more to the bucket list -- check !
      RUDEBOi
      • 2 Years Ago
      i wanted to drive this road ever since i saw it on Top Gear.!!!!! ROAD TRIP ANYONE??
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RUDEBOi
        Do you remember in which episode?
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really don't like it in the convertible form, not nearly as good looking at the F430. Those humps look awful and not being able to see the engine either sucks. The McLaren and Gallardo convertibles both look better than this does, as well as the R8.
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Your headline sucks. There are two versions of the 458: 458 Italia 458 Spider This article is about the 458 Spider.
      ksrcm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what sound system Ferrari employed to "pipe" that sound in the cabin - you know, like the most advanced cars that come from Germany. BMW, you really lost it. Now get your M5 team to watch this video and learn something.
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