Originally Posted by A Y
I think the 458 is very beautiful in a functional way. This car is all about aerodynamic packaging, and one has to consider the car in that context. From a purely aesthetic POV, I love the curves of the front and rear fenders, and the way the door's shape is integrated with them.
But if you ignore what this car is trying to do with its aero, then you've totally missed the point, and may start making inane comparisons to Lambos.
I loved the Enzo and the F430, while the Scaglietti makes me sick, so I appreciate functional beauty. What bothers me about the 458 is the stuff that appears more ornamental and complex for no apparent reason whatsoever. The two things I hate the most are the L-shaped headlights and the abrupt transition between the B-pillars and the rear haunches. The latter is particularly vexing because it appears to mimic the look of the folding-hardtop California when the 458 is a coupe and the California's design was very much a compromise particular to its context.
The overall exterior shape doesn't bother me one bit, just its details. The rear fenders/'haunches' are particularly attractive.
Then, of course, there is the interior ripped straight from a recent-model Honda (not a compliment). Blegh. There is nothing functional or even functionally representative about all those bulbous, swoopy forms.