Ferrari 458 GT3 

  • built in Italy
  • 2011
  • 562 HP 4.5L
  • 202 mph
 
The 458 Italia looks ultramodern and much sleeker than its two immediate predecessors, the F360 and F430.
by MotorTrend (Sep, 2009)
The Spider owner is a different beast; he too loves the performance and racing credentials, and the swagger that comes with the prancing horse badge.
by MotorTrend

Road Tests Real world tests of the Ferrari 458 Italia

Top speed

458 GT3
202 mph

Data points Key details of the Ferrari 458 Italia

Horsepower

458 GT3
562 HP
F12berlinetta
731 HP

Torque

458 GT3
398 ft-lb
F12berlinetta
508 ft-lb

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

Thanks to lighter-gauge aluminum body panels and a sprinkling of carbon-fiber composites, the 458's curb weight is held to 3400 pounds, less than 100 pounds more than the F430.
by AutomobileMag
He loves driving fast, primarily on the weekends when he goes for short, aggressive solo blasts through canyons and B-roads.
by MotorTrend
Extensive computer simulation and wind-tunnel work yield a slinky shape that seduces the air into providing more downforce (up to 794 pounds of it at 200 mph) with less drag than the F430 managed (the Cd drops from 0.34 to 0.33).
by MotorTrend (Nov, 2009)

Powertrain

Its seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission snaps off shifts so efficiently and quickly that the whole idea of a conventional manual transmission seems quaint, sort of like using a wood fire to heat your house instead of a high-efficiency gas furnace.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2011)
Flat-foot upshifts from the dual-clutch seven-speed transmission are a delight, particularly in Race mode, but it's the piercing crispness of the impossibly quick downshifts that send follicles - among other things - standing on end.
by MotorTrend
In total, it's a substantial 79-horse and 55-pound-foot improvement over the F430 (483/343) and impressively, the motor drinks less fuel to the tune of 17 mpg U.S. (converted from EU combined cycle) and emits less harmful gases from its tri-tipped exhaust (320 g/km of CO2 versus 345 g/km).
by MotorTrend (Sep, 2009)

Engine

The V-8 itself is a remarkable technological and performance achievement.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)
The good ol' flat-plane crank cry of the 9,000-rpm V8 has been specifically engineered – we are unshakably sure now – to make the surrounding countryside know that a Ferrari is in the house.
by AutoBlog (Oct, 2011)
It’s all quite yummy, and that’s even before you take a gander through the rear glass and behold the redheaded Ferrari V-8 on display.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)

Handling

The steering is somewhat reminiscent of a Honda’s: slightly light, as though the front tires barely touch the ground.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2009)
With an 11.5:1 ratio, the steering is unbelievably quick and surprisingly light, as though the front axle were barely touching the ground.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2009)
The 458 franchise gets away with column-mounted paddles for the seven-speed DCT mainly because the carbon-fiber paddles are nice and long, but also because the steering lock-to-lock is a tight and nicely weighted 2.0 turns.
by AutoBlog (Oct, 2011)

Transmission

The dual-clutch gearbox is incredibly fast, smooth, and responsive.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)
We think the standard launch control should be good for at least a 3.2-second sprint, with the quarter-mile vanishing in the mid-11s.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2009)
The best we could muster from the standard F430 was a 4.04-second sprint.
by MotorTrend (Sep, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Ferrari
Type of car Race car
Year 2011

power & handling

Maximum hp 562 HP @ 9,000 RPM
Maximum torque 398 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM
Max RPM 9,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 508/? 216
Rear wheels 508/? 267

physical dimensions

Width 76.3 in
Height 47.8 in
Length 178.2 in
Wheelbase 104.3 in

road tests

Top speed 202 mph

transmission

Drivetrain RWD w/E-Diff3
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 7 gears

engine

Displacement 4,499 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 12.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.7 in / 3.2 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves
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