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2014 Ferrari 458 Italia: Overview

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author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2014

Pros: Exotic styling gets you noticed anywhere; amazingly fast dual-clutch transmission; refined interior, for a Ferrari

Cons: Expensive to buy, expensive to own; low ground clearance and rough ride makes many normal roads challenging 

What's new: The 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia adds a high-performance Speciale model for the new model year. Otherwise, the supercar is largely unchanged. 

The 458 Italia is Ferrari's latest mid-engine model, the seventh in a line that began with the wedge-shaped 308 back in the 1970s. But while the two cars may share some lineage, the monstrous 458 is far removed from the tiny, fragile 308. Part of the reason is its engine: an enormous 4.5-liter V8 that makes a whopping 562 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. There's also a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a cutting-edge interior that looks a lot like an airplane cockpit. 

Today's 458 Italia offers three distinct models. Base 458 Italia models are 2-seat coupes. Shoppers who prefer top-down fun can upgrade to the 458 Spider, which features a power-operated retractable hardtop. Topping the 458's range is a high-performance Speciale model, new for 2014, that brings power up to 600 hp. It also drops the coupe's weight by 200 pounds and brings the car's 0-to-60 miles per hour time down to 3.0 seconds, from the standard model's 3.4 seconds.

If you're interested in a 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia, prepare to spend big money. Base-level coupe models start around $240,000, while a drop-top 458 Spider tops $260,000. A high-performance 458 Speciale is closer to $300,000. To make things even more pricey, those figures are before options -- and the 458 Italia has a lot of them, from an iPod hookup ($900) to parking sensors ($2,200) and dozens of others.

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