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                 The FERRARI 458 ITALIA Says it all………

 

 

 

In the presence of Mr. Pietro Innocenti, G.M. Ferrari M.E. and Africa and Mr. Marco Sambaldi , Marketing Manager Ferrari M.E and Africa and Mr. Maroun Yazbeck G.M. Sport Motors Group Lebanon with media coverage, Sport Motors Group Lebanon unveiled the Ferrari 458 Italia on May 5th, 2010 at its dealership location in Saifi village, Beirut .The extravagant breathtaking car gave the attendance a sweat. Professionals and amateurs agreed that most of what has been introduced in this model of Ferrari has not been previously seen. The talk was that of a complete turning point and a real change in the concept of the car.

Although designed by “Pininfarina” as  all recent models, the Ferrari 458 Italia is a completely new car in many aspects: Engine, Design, Aerodynamics, Handling, Ergonomics and much more.

Batoautomoto had the pleasure to talk to Mr. Innocenti following the event to ask him a few questions and here is what he had to say:

 

- Would you consider this model of Ferrari to be an improvement to its predecessors or can we talk of a major change?

The Ferrari 458 is a completely new Car. It has a new architecture heavily influenced by the requirements of aerodynamic efficiency. It is equipped with a mid-rear mounted GDI, V8 engine. It also has a completely new interior design.

-The interior of the Ferrari 458 seems to be ergonomically designed userfriendly much like a formula1 racing car. Can we talk of an F1-inspired interior design and how can you describe it?

Actually a Formula1 cockpit is considerably smaller than that of a Ferrari 458. The latter offers a wider, comfortable cockpit size for the driver. Heading towards the same policy Ferrari 458 offers a practical and easily accessible interior which enables the driver to maintain control of the car in every condition. All major functions are clustered on the steering wheel and secondary commands are handily set in two satellite pods either side of the dash. Due to the new design of the instrument cluster the driver gets the impression of being in an F1 cockpit.

 

-Why did Ferrari choose to add its homeland name to the traditional figure of the car?

Because the Ferrari 458 is a blend of style, passion, creativity and technological innovation so it is indeed a noble reflection of Italy’s characteristics.

-How many Ferraris were sold in 2009 in the Middle East and Africa? What was Lebanon’s share?

It goes against the firm policy to talk about figures but what I can say is that we can see a growing potential of sales in the region. As to Lebanon, it had the fastest growing market in the region last year and we think it will confirm this year.

-Is Ferrari planning to adopt the “hybrid technology” in the future?

The hybrid technology is a trend now all over the world. At the moment, Ferrari does not have an immediate plan on any hybrid introduction. But what is sure is that Ferrari will respond to any environmental needs in the future and it will be committed and proactive in developing what is ecologically suitable.

 

-Can we hope to see a four door sedan in the future?

No, not really.

-What about a new version of a “Dino”?

No.

-Is Ferrari planning to establish a Ferrari Club in Lebanon? And are there any regional events taking place?

Yes we wish to see a club established very soon in Lebanon. As to the United Arab Emirates, Ferrari has an active club that organizes events to respond to Ferrari Passionate lovers. The events include track driving and experiencing the thrill of speed driving as well as a social character such as fun drives, gala, charity dinners and family days. All this taking place between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

General specifications

Model

Ferrari 458 Italia

Country of origin

Italy

Introduced

2009

Body design

Pininfarina

Engine

Configuration

V8  90º

Location

Mid engine

Construction

Aluminium block and head

Displacement

4499 cc

Compression

12.5:1

Valve train

4 valves / cylinder, DOHC

Fuel feed

Direct Fuel Injection

Aspiration

Naturally Aspirated

Drive train

Gearbox

7 speed double clutch

Drive

Rear wheel drive

Dimensions

Weight

1380 kilo

Length / Width / Height

4527 mm / 1937 mm / 1213 mm

Wheelbase

2650 mm

Performance figures

Power

570 hp  @ 9000 rpm

Torque

540 Nm @ 6000 rpm

HP/Liter

127 hp / liter

Power to weight

0.41 hp / kg

Top Speed

325 km/h

0-60 mph

3.3 s

Emissions

Fuel consumption

13.7 liter / 100 km

Carbon dioxide

320g / km

 
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