Is this Ferrari 458 Spider the world's best driver's car?
THIS week's blog is on what could be one of the best driver's cars on the planet, the 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider.
This convertible supercar is equipped with a 4.5-litre, 32-valve V8 engine which can produce up to 419 kilowatts (562 horsepower) at 9000rpm and 540 Newton metres of torque (398 pound-feet of torque) at 6000rpm.
Yes, you read correctly, the 419 kilowatts that the engine produces is delivered at 9000rpm ... from an eight cylinder.
Usually V8s sound very deep and scary, much like a heavy metal band, but this 458 Spider sounds like a orchestra symphony, especially when the exhaust valves open at 4000rpm.
Mated to the engine is a seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission that sends all the power to the rear wheels.
When in "race" mode, the shifts are almost instant and extremely smooth, unlike the Aventador that I featured last week that could quite literally give you whiplash.
The 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider also has a kerb weight of 1535 kilograms (3384 pounds).
When you combine all of these specifications, it allows this Italian stallion to launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour (0-62 miles per hour) in just under 3.4 seconds, and it will keep accelerating until it reaches its top speed of 320 kilometres per hour (199 miles per hour).
Unlike the F430 Spider that this Ferrari replaces, the roof on the 458 Spider is actually a metal folding roof, not like the usual cloth fabric. This means it is stronger to provide a stiffer chassis and it also looks a lot better.
When the roof is up and you look at the side of the 458 Spider, you can only just tell the difference between the two, it's incredible.
Some other features that this particular Ferrari is equipped with includes 20-inch, five-spoke forged alloy wheels wrapped in performance tyres, carbon ceramic brakes with Giallo Modena brake calipers, carbon fibre underdoor covers and rear moulding, a sport exhaust system, front and rear parking sensors, four-wheel ABS as well as traction and stability control, Xenon headlights as well as daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring and much more.
Some interior features include a Sabbia coloured leather interior with carbon fibre racing seats, a carbon fibre driving zone with rpm LED's on the steering wheel, dual-zone climate controls for the driver and passenger and much more.
You can buy a 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider for about $670,000.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com