Ferrari 458 (430 replacement)

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  1. Roikins

    Roikins Senior member

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    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. --Andre
    Yep, exactly. There's a lot of aero work in this car which is why there are certain swoops, flares, and holes, all working to funnel air either to get air to brakes or the engine, to the underside, or smoothly around to the rear of the car for added downforce; you can almost see how the car's body will be shaping the air to do this. To dismiss certain aspects as being ugly would dismiss the racing heritage.
     
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    The headlights and grill are a little too 2025, but the lines and body are gorgeous.
     
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    The side profile is good looking, the 'disappearing rear' concept is beautiful, but the front and back are just not right with me, some weeks later. The front doesn't have enough shape to match with the rest of the body and the back has a combination of squares, trapezoids, circles, triangles, it just doesn't look very good. I am looking forward to see if the aftermarket can rectify the design problems in good time.

    The headlamps and the front nacelles don't bother me, really, it's just that ruler-straight front end and single black expanse across the lower front. It doesn't need to be a vintage Ferrari homage (a la 599, etc) but I've been disappointed with this car since I saw it the day they released the pictures. I love 430's though.
     
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    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    The side profile is good looking, the 'disappearing rear' concept is beautiful, but the front and back are just not right with me, some weeks later. The front doesn't have enough shape to match with the rest of the body and the back has a combination of squares, trapezoids, circles, triangles, it just doesn't look very good. I am looking forward to see if the aftermarket can rectify the design problems in good time.

    The headlamps and the front nacelles don't bother me, really, it's just that ruler-straight front end and single black expanse across the lower front. It doesn't need to be a vintage Ferrari homage (a la 599, etc) but I've been disappointed with this car since I saw it the day they released the pictures. I love 430's though.


    I agree with a lot of this. The back is terrible--not because of the number of openings, but because the shapes appear to contrived in their multitude. The Enzo had a lot of openings in its body, but they appeared rational and harmonious.
     
  5. zjpj83

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    i agree with Clarkson, of the latter day Ferraris, the 355 is the best one (that is somewhat attainable). one day it will be mine.
     
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    I love the looks of it...

    And I bet it would look magnificent in person!
     
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    i agree with Clarkson, of the latter day Ferraris, the 355 is the best one (that is somewhat attainable). one day it will be mine.

    They are cheap enough now. Used to have a 355 spider, and it made great noise. [​IMG]
     
  9. impolyt_one

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    I also want and hope to have a 355 Spider myself soon enough, it's been a dream car since I was in high school. The 458's front looks much, much better from this angle and I am finally warming up to the fascia: [​IMG]
     
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    I also want and hope to have a 355 Spider myself soon enough, it's been a dream car since I was in high school.

    The 458's front looks much, much better from this angle and I am finally warming up to the fascia:
    [​IMG]


    I hate being right. The OP had a horrible photograph that made the car look awkward because of the angle it was shot at and the angle of the track.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     

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