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Ferrari 458 (430 replacement)

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by origenesprit, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Well-Known Member

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    The 430 was premiered the same color as above; it had a lot of sharp edges, particularly in the fascia that allowed it to look pretty good from any angle, and the back was Enzo-esque so everyone liked it; this 458, I really didn't see that kind of snout coming from the original pics and I must say it looks 1000X better in metallic, with selective light. The angle above is how a lot of people will see the car in real life too, so I guess it is a better looking car than I originally thought.
     
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    Sorry, the headlights are still horrible, even in those pics. I love the rest of it, but the headlights just ruin it for me.
     
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    Sorry, the headlights are still horrible, even in those pics.

    Sadly, agreed.
     
  5. zjpj83

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    I have to say, the paddle transmissions now are just sick. I recently tracked the F430 and the Scuderia one after the other, and it was just night and day. The Scuderia shifts are insanely fast.
     
  6. mafoofan

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    I have to say, the paddle transmissions now are just sick. I recently tracked the F430 and the Scuderia one after the other, and it was just night and day. The Scuderia shifts are insanely fast.

    But is it as fun as a good stick shift? I don't doubt the performance advantage of double clutch and automated clutch transmissions, but it's not all about knocking a few tenths off.
     
  7. Albern

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    I have to say, the paddle transmissions now are just sick. I recently tracked the F430 and the Scuderia one after the other, and it was just night and day. The Scuderia shifts are insanely fast.
    That's awesome to know, especially since it's what Ferrari intended. Are you an owner / was it part of a track-day event?
     
  8. zjpj83

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    But is it as fun as a good stick shift? I don't doubt the performance advantage of double clutch and automated clutch transmissions, but it's all about knocking a few tenths off.

    Yes and no from my perspective. I've driven an F430 spider with manual but not on the track. It's a different feel for sure. Frankly, while I think I'm quite a good track driver, I do not think I'm very good generally with a stick shift. I'm just not 100% comfortable with my abilities.

    I hope to get into vintage cars, which obviously will involve manual trans. I think it does give you more of a connection to the car. But, in the newer cars, being able to use the technology to go faster is fun too. They both are great in different ways, I guess. They both have their benefits. The solution is to have both. [​IMG]

    That's awesome to know, especially since it's what Ferrari intended. Are you an owner / was it part of a track-day event?

    A private track club.
     
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    But is it as fun as a good stick shift? I don't doubt the performance advantage of double clutch and automated clutch transmissions, but it's not all about knocking a few tenths off.

    For the vast majority of people out there (99.9% at least), time lost on shifts is pretty small compared to other areas of their driving. If it is even as much as a few tenths, not many people can drive with enough consistency to make that matter.

    Semiautomatic gearboxes are lots of fun, but you shouldn't get one thinking that it will improve your lap time.

    --Andre
     
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    A cool (but pretty affected) video of the 458 in action with lots of revvy engine noises:

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  11. Albern

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    After finally seeing the car in action (from the video at least) I'm really not liking the styling of this new car. If a lot of the design ques have more to do with function, great; but from a purely aesthetic perspective I hope this direction doesn't bleed into the higher end models.

    The 355, 360, and 430 are well ahead in the looks department in my opinion. The interior is both interesting and bold but it isn't beautiful.
     
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    I, for one, absolutely love it. However my primary visual look has been the new Automobile Magazine and the pictures in there make it look sensuous.

    Perry
     
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    I, for one, absolutely love it. However my primary visual look has been the new Automobile Magazine and the pictures in there make it look sensuous.

    Perry


    I tried looking those up but with no success. Do you have a link by any chance?
     
  15. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Well-Known Member

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    GTFO with that shyt [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Uhh... they both have four wheels I guess.
     
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    We've seen this movie before [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
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    I like it....

    It's never going to be perfect, but I like it.


    You want perfect?

    Here you go:

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Artisan Fan

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    Sadly I must admit it is faster and prettier than the really cool Lexus LF-A.
     

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