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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 5th 2009
16--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, December 5, 2009 Ferrari refines winning formula EXPERT TOUCH: The F458 has benefitted from hours of Michael Schumacher's time. IMPROVED: Feature-packed steering wheel. SLEEK: The F458's body is a work of art. FAST: The F458's engine is bred to race. STUART MARTIN The 458 will want to be a superior machine when Australian deliveries start in mid-2010, as the company says it is expected to carry a pricetag nearing $600,000 M ARANELLO, just to utter the word around anyone with even a snifter of interest in cars sparks recognition. Fiorano will get enthusiasts' attention and combine all three on an itinerary with a Ferrari crest and you get called all sorts of names. It's cold, overcast and dim, but the crisp winter air of northern Italy does little to cool the nerves. The 458 Italia --- yes, they're bringing geography back to the Ferrari pricelist --- is following in the tyre marks of what many believe was the prancing horse's best all- round machine yet, the F430 and its hard-core Scuderia stablemate. The 458 will want to be a superior machine when Australian deliveries start in mid-2010, as the company says it is expected to carry a pricetag nearing $600,000, or 10 per cent more than the 430, boasting better environmental credentials accompanied by more power and better performance. A daunting task to replace such a popular coupe and convertible range, no doubt, but the engineering team for the 458 have refined a winning formula, rather than letting the bambino out with the bath water. The 458 shares its engine block with the recently-released California droptop, but the powerplants take different paths to the respective engine bays, with different heads and the race-bred dry sump. The 458 grows to --- not surprisingly --- 4.5 litres, with 425kW and 540Nm on offer (up 50kW and 70Nm on the 30kg-lighter 430 Scuderia), with direct-injection feeding the mid-rear mounted V8. Aluminium is used for the car's spaceframe, which has grown 50mm in wheelbase --- and much of its structure, which gives the 1380kg car 42/58 front/rear weight distribution. Peak power is delivered at a goose-bumpy 9000rpm, torque peaks at 6000rpm, but Ferrari says over 80 per cent of that is available from 3250rpm. The V8 is part of the F136 engine family, which Ferrari says started from the 430 --- the block has the same cylinder spacing and dimensions but it expels via a centrally- positioned triple-exhaust set-up --- which in fact is two exhausts and an exhaust resonator --- sitting amongst the rear diffuser . The only gearbox on offer is a Getrag seven- speed dual-clutch unit, with the engineering team at the launch adamant that there was no traditional manual developed for the car, such was the low-interest level in a 430 or a California with a clutch pedal. The transmission and the powerplant team to lay claim to emissions of 320g/km of CO2 and fuel consumption of 13.3 litres per 100 km on the combined cycle. Ferrari claims a 0-100km/h sprint under 3.4 seconds, on the way to a 325km/h top speed. Standstill from 200km/h is achieved by the Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes in 128m, 100km/h is wiped back to zero in 32.5m. The considerable outputs are put to ground via a rear axle that has the clever E-Differential and the F1-Trac system, con- trolled (along with the rest of the drivetrain, brakes and suspension) by the same elec- tronic control unit, which the company says has improved application of the systems and the response time. The attitude of the system is controlled by the manettino switch on the steering wheel. There's a winter mode, which tones down the sharpness of the throttle and the brakes; sport is the day-to-day setting that keeps things in check; race mode allows plenty of leeway and latitude. Two more stages are at the top of the switch --- CT and CST are best left for racetracks and those drivers with the talent, as the electronic back-up is absent and the 458's teeth are fully- bared. The car benefitted from 40 hours of Michael Schumacher's time behind the wheel and the 458 cabin is largely focussed on the driver. While the passenger's side is largely devoid of switchgear and functions, the driver gets a steering wheel that has the bulk of the features now mounted on it. High-beam, indicators, windscreen washer/ wiper functions and the independent damper switch have all migrated to the steering wheel, joining the start/stop engine button and the all-important Manettino toggle, leaving more space for the gearshift paddles behind the wheel. The driver also gets two screens either side of the central tachometer, offering digital images of an analogue speedometer, as well as satellite navigation, a trip computer, gauges and a readout that advises the driver of the car's settings. There's also a schematic that tells the driver which components are at optimum tempera- ture for the full use of the car's abilities, or when the car's vitals --- engine, brakes and tyres --- are overheated and need a break. The features also includes adaptive bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights, dual front and side airbags. The car has undergone extensive aerody- namic work, managing to cut drag to 0.33 but at the same time generating solid levels of downforce --- Ferrari claims 360kg of downforce at the 325km/h top speed. There's no outrageous aero-aids to ruin the sculpted bodyshape; instead the flexible front wings within the front air intakes move in accordance with required air flow. The body also has rear diffusers and subtle venting across the length to give the car ample stability at speed. Ferrari's Australian importer, Ateco Auto- motive is taking expressions of interest in the 458 Italia, but it could be a two-year wait, as the Australian allocation has no shortage of names next to cars. small torque Ferrari 458 Italia Price: from about $580,000. Engine: 4.5-litre dry-sump DOHC direct- injection 90-degree V8. Power: 425kW @ 9000rpm. Torque: 540Nm @ 6000rpm. Gearbox: seven-speed automated double- clutch manual, rear-wheel drive. Performance: 0-100km/h less than 3.4 seconds, top speed 325km/h. Brakes: carbon-ceramic brake discs, six- pot aluminium front calipers and four-pot aluminium rear calipers, with anti-lock and stability control systems. Suspension: double wishbones, with lower L-arms (front); multi-link (rear), with second-generation magnetorheological damper system first introduced on the 599 GTB Fiorano. Fuel consumption/capacity: 13.3 litres/ 100km, tank 86 litres. Emissions: 307g/km. Dimensions: length 4527mm, width 1937mm, height 1213mm, wheelbase 2650mm, track fr/rr 1672/1606mm, cargo capacity 230 litres, weight 1380kg (fr/rr 42/58). Wheels/tyres: 20in with 235/35 front, 295/35 rear tyres. 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WILL TRADE UP OR DOWN WE BUY CARS & COMMERCIALS 03 6231 3666 - Mob 0409 313 332 - 0409 411 970 CAR OF THE WEEK 2005 Ford XR6 Turbo Sedan New tyres was $23,990 - Now $21,500 Motor Cycles A KYMCO Agility 125 scooter, only 1,434 klms, 10 months reg, $2,200. Ph 6244 2465. 0ATOMIK DIRT BIKES 50cc $600, 125cc Big Foot $950, 140cc Big Foot $1,050 250cc Link $1,250. All brand new. Ph 0408 720130 1 BANSHEE YAMAHA '02 good cond, new tyres, $4,000. Ph 0418 613 862 0 BASKERVILLE 9.30, DEC 6 Discount for L & P Platers 0408 368 149 srct.org.au Sponsored by Bikeworks 0 BIKE AMBULANCE Motorcycle pick up and delivery. Ph 0437 862 966. 0 BMW R100RT '81 elec ign, gd cond, ready to tour. $4,990ono. 0416 254 338. 1Braaap Maestro 140 Exc cond, 10 hrs use $3,200 ono Ph 6292 1377 1 CRM250 2 STROKE plus spare bike, $1,800 ono. Ph 0400 142 004. 0 C S O SO CUSTOM SOFT TAIL 2002, big $$$'s spent, 230 rear, BDL belt drive, too many extras to mention. Must see, regretful sale $30,000. 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