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My first Ferrari...and it's a 458!

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by raclaims, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. ferrari270

    ferrari270 Karting

    Mar 25, 2010
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    one of the best 458 interiors . congrats .
     
  2. Marc Pau

    Marc Pau Karting

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    My fav color combo for the Italia :D

    Enjoy it with good health!
     
  3. toggie

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    You have good taste in picking a 458 (similar to mine) :)
    Other than the color of the brakes, a pretty close match.

    You can see pics of my car in the "My Garage" link on my post header.

    Is your exterior color Nero or Nero Daytona? Mine is the latter (metallic black).

    Congrats. The 458 is such an amazing performance car.
     
  4. BlackonBlack

    BlackonBlack Formula Junior

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    Nice choice of color combination and options. Enjoy it and drive it well.

    Ed
     
  5. of2worlds

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    Congrats on your smooth purchase of a 458 Italia! Certainly the 'dream machine' Ferrari these days.
    CH
     
  6. Senna1994

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    Fantastic Color and great options, use it in good health.
     
  7. JAM1

    JAM1 F1 Rookie
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    Congratulations on purchasing such a beautiful car. Enjoy it!
     
  8. omd78

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    Congratulations and: please do! Tell us some more about driving her when the snow is gone.

    Gr. Martin
     
  9. club0

    club0 Formula Junior

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    Amazing car! Congrats and enjoy in good health.
     
  10. MrShades

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    Cant really say thats bad for your first Ferrari
     
  11. ferrariKP

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    Cool starter :D
     
  12. RufMD

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    wonderful spec, congratulations !
     
  13. ferrariartist

    ferrariartist F1 Rookie

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    Beautiful car!! Enjoy!
     
  14. Dereiter

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    Nice car! Congrats!
     
  15. raclaims

    raclaims Formula Junior

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    #40 raclaims, Feb 26, 2011
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    Thanks for all the great replies!

    I decided to take the car for another ride today. But first I spent about 20 mins activating the SAT radio (which sounds great).

    I had read on another thread that there are controls on the back of the steering wheel...I have to say...if I hadn't read that...I doubt I ever would have found them!! So thanks to whoever that was. It makes changing stations and media so much easier.

    I'm still struggling with some of the electronics though and hopefully it will get easier each time. I'm really into techy stuff...I have loads of gagets and often figure out solutions to problems that stump IT depts...yet this car is still getting the best of me!

    So first I decided to see how the car would do in traffic. Where I live there is no shortage. I drove down towards my local mall...even filthy...the car gets so much attention I thought some people would lose control of their cars.

    So as I was driving around...the thought started to creep ever so softly into my brain...is this car too gentile for me?? Is a Ferrari now a soft-ish GT car? I trudged through the traffic and more and more thought that this car is nearly as comfortable as the Bentley. Is this a good thing?? Hitting the floppy paddles seemed superfluous and at that point I turned the car towards home mildly dejected.

    I filled up the gas tank and said...it's time to push this thing a bit. Then it happened...the engine roar that was here again gone again while driving around town was building into a crescendo of madness...the sound, the vibration...enveloping me...the shifts became more and more vicsceral and then I noticed something...I was sweating...my heart racing...it was almost dreamlike.

    I came to a stop and literally needed a few seconds to compose myself...heart still racing.

    So now I know...this car is the real deal.

    It will rack up miles like no other car in my "stable". It will be the go to car.

    Soft and relaxed in traffic...a wild, pent up beast that has just been released when you go for it.

    I'm in love.

    Here's a few more pics...I include some of the other cars I was moving around...I know personally I never get enough of looking at cars!
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  16. KKanabar

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    Wow!! Beautiful car. Love the pics. Congrats dude
     
  17. Forza1

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    Very nice car! Just a tip: I would be very paranoid about those shovels and lawn tools hanging in the garage over my car... ask me how I know. lol, I had to rearrange the garage after I got my Viper.

    Tell me about your Cobra, what's powering it, and how does it compare the 458? a 427 side-oiler alum. body Cobra is my dream car.

    -D
     
  18. PAP 348

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    Wow man, AWESOME car! :D:D

    Love the colour combo!! Congrats and enjoy!! :):)
     
  19. blackbolt22

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  20. Easyrider7467

    Easyrider7467 Formula Junior

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    Happy Birthday !!

    That is one nasty lookin' 458 !!!!!

    Love the Cobra, my fav. Who's the manufacturer?
     
  21. vsp

    vsp Rookie

    Feb 21, 2011
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    the Cuoio with piping and cf make it the most elegant combo imo
     
  22. jpohl402

    jpohl402 Formula Junior

    beautiful, love it....
    lucky you !!
     
  23. raclaims

    raclaims Formula Junior

    Jun 6, 2007
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    I totally agree! I had moved them after I got the car...then my wife put them back! I'll set her straight.

    The Cobra is a Superformance (factory built in South Africa under license from Shelby). I have a Roush 427 in it with a Tremac TKO600. So you get the look of the original but with modern chassis and drive train.

    It's very hard to compare the two cars. They are so incredibly different. The Cobra scares the pants off me every time I drive it. High horsepower, short wheel base and no electronics at all! So no electronics and only lap belts...keeps your attention for sure.

    The cobra is loud as heck (no mufflers)...after driving it I stink of gasoline and can't get the smile off my face.

    You feel incredibly connected to the driving experience in the cobra...if you put your arm out the car you can nearly touch the pavement as it goes by. I guess it's the closest you can get to the feel of a motorcyle with 4 wheels. I love it! But totally different experience compared to the 458.
     
  24. pearsonhaus

    pearsonhaus Formula 3

    Jul 2, 2008
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    Very, very nice. Congrats and thanks for all the pics!
     
  25. newbwrx

    newbwrx Karting

    Feb 3, 2007
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    The Nero/Cucio combo is fantastic! Love the CF door panels. Wow. 997 turbo and a Cobra. Nice work.
     

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