The Ferrari 458 was officially introduced as a coupé at the Frankfurt Motor Show of 2009. It is produced by Ferrari, an Italian sports car manufacturer. The 458 was a replacement for the Ferrari F430 but with an absolutely new design that incorporates Ferrari’s experience in Formula 1. According to Autocar, a car magazine in the UK, the 458 design got its inspiration from the Millechili and Enzo Ferrari. It is supposed to be Ferrari’s sportiest V8-powered car. This feature is the distinctive trait that sets it apart from the Ferrari California.
Just like all other new Ferrari cars, the body or exterior styling of this car was designed by Pininfarina, an Italian car designer. Its interior was designed bringing into play some ideas from Michael Schumacher, a former Ferrari Formula 1 driver and retired German car racer.
On July 14, 2010, at the Ferrari Annual Dealer market, the 458 Challenge was introduced to the car world. The Challenge is the racer version of the 458 and is two seconds speedier than the F430 Challenge, the car’s predecessor. But, it is 0.2 seconds slower than the Ferrari FXX.
A convertible version, the 458 Spider was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor show of 2011. Considered rivals of the Ferrari 458 are the Lamborghini Veneno, Porsche GT3 and Mclaren P1.