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.