Ferrari 458 Italia
Maranello 19 May
The Ferrari 458 Italia continues to go from
strength to strength and has garnered over 30 international awards in
its short career. Yesterday, it added two further plaudits to that
collection at the International Engine of the Year Awards when its V8
was voted "Best Performance Engine" and "Best Engine Above 4 Liters".
The success being enjoyed by the 458 Italia with both critics and public alike crosses all borders? it has won awards in a host of different nations from the USA to the Far East and Europe. In the US, the mid-rear V8 was named "World Performance Car of the Year". It was also named "Car of the Year" by the Robb Report and topped the New York Times rankings.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the discerning British motoring media proved equally enthusiastic. In fact, the 458 Italia scooped both BBC Top Gear Magazine's "Supercar of the Year" and "Car of the Year Awards". Staying in Britain, CAR magazine also named the 458 Italia "Performance Car of the Year 2010", as did Auto Express and What Car. It triumphed too as the Daily Telegraph's "Car of the Year" and TV program Fifth Gear's "Fast Car of the Year". The 458 Italia also enjoyed an enthusiastic welcome from the German and Italian public with the result that it voted "Sports Car of the Year" by the highly reputable Auto Moto and Sport and Quattroroute magazines.
Continuing around the world, the authoritative Car Middle East magazine declared the 458 Italia both "Car of the Year" and "Supercar of the Year" also. In China, Top Gear, Auto Moto and Sport, Robb Report and the popular X-Car website all named it "Car of the Year".
Lastly, in Japan, the 458 Italia was Engine's "Best Car of the Year", proving that the Ferrari's extreme sportiness has a genuinely worldwide appeal.
CLICK THE IMAGES BELOW to see what top publications had to say about their first drives: