There has always been
a bit of a contradiction about the notion of a junior Ferrari. But, with a few
notable exceptions, that is how the mid-engined
V8-powered cars from Maranello have been known. So it was with the 308 GTB, and
the line of cars that followed. Now, though, things are changing at Ferrari. In
the California, it has a fourth model line designed to cater for those wanting
a slighter softer experience from their Prancing Horse.
Which has given this
458 Italia, the latest V8 Ferrari, the licence to move into more serious
territory. There is nothing remotely junior about 562bhp or a top speed in
excess of 200mph. Not only does it outpace the V12 599 GTB to 60mph and 100mph
but, once you plunder the massively tempting options list with its array of
performance and luxury enhancing gadgets, this is a car that can easily cost
Numbers are one thing,
though. What we are here to find out is if the new junior has not just moved
the game on, but also entered the rarefied ranks of the truly great Ferraris.