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2013 Ferrari 458 Italia KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $237,460 - $242,257.

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MSRP $239,859

Fair Purchase Price $239,859
Fair Market Range ($237,460 - $242,257)

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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 10/8/2013


In the world of 2013 mid-engine exotics, it doesn't get much better than the Ferrari 458 Italia and Spider. Stunning levels of performance derived from Ferrari's lifetime involvement in Formula 1 give the 458 a distinctive edge over rival supercars like the Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8 V10 Plus. Positioned amidships underneath a clear rear hatch lies a 562-horsepower V8 that, in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, enables a hair-raising sprint to 60 mph in less than 3.4 seconds. But it's the graceful way in which this power is delivered that makes the 458 such a favorite among the supercar elite. And for those who seek an all-out assault on the senses, the 458 Spider is widely considered the Holy Grail of open-top motoring.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a diehard driving purist with a budget that knows no bounds, look no further than the 2013 Ferrari 458. It outclasses the McLaren MP4-12C in terms of visceral thrills, and its interior is racier than that of either the Lamborghini Gallardo or Audi R8.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The R8 V10 Plus may not be blessed with the 458's ravishing Italian good looks, but it can closely match the Ferrari when it comes to acceleration and handling. What's more, it does so for about $55,000 less.

What's New for 2013

The Ferrari 458 Italia and Spider carry over unchanged for the 2013 model year.

Driving It Driving Impressions

There isn't a single bad thing we can say about the way the 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia drives. It's like a go-kart on steroids, doing everything the driver asks without the annoyance of numerous electronic nannies stepping in to spoil the fun. The perfectly balanced chassis is so composed at high speeds it can create in the driver a false sense of F1-like confidence he or she won't be able to replicate in any other car. From the brilliant dual-clutch transmission whose shifts occur in just nanoseconds to the precise steering that so utterly connects driver to car, the 458 is quite possibly the best Ferrari – and maybe even the best sports car – built today. Because we don't want to sound one-sided, here is our short list of complaints: The steering wheel houses too many controls (wipers, turn signals, and ignition), legroom is somewhat lacking and none of us can afford one.

Favorite Features

RETRACTABLE HARDTOP
The Spider's aluminum hardtop fits neatly below the clamshell engine cover and retracts in about 14 seconds. And, unlike most coupe-turned-convertible sports cars, the 458 Spider preserves the dynamism of its fixed-roof counterpart.

4.5-LITER V8
It's simply mind-boggling to think Ferrari can milk a modest-sized V8 engine for 562 horsepower without resorting to turbochargers or gimmicks, but that's exactly what the 458 delivers.


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