This is how sports cars should look and feel—a perfect body hiding a vulnerable heart. The Ferrari 458 Spider will break yours for sure
If India’s potholed roads were the only things that were keeping you away from buying your first sports car, you might want to rethink your strategy.
Apart from flying a fighter jet, absolutely nothing in the world can match the sensation of driving a good sports car.
Nearly all the top brands in the world are available in the country at present. But choosing the right model can mean the difference between a smooth drive and a broken ego. Remember the Lamborghini that was crashed by a valet at a New Delhi hotel?
Sports cars are fast, notoriously fast. But if you are not a regular at the racetrack, maybe you may want to think beyond just sheer speed.
How about comfort? Blamed for their stiff suspensions, most sports cars these days offer options that can help you shift between different modes such as, comfort and race.
Then comes practicality. So, open-tops that look oh-so-sexy are a big no for Indian conditions, right? Wrong. Some sports cars also combine the magic of convertibles with the level-headedness of hard tops.
One car that manages to tick all the right boxes above is Ferrari’s 458 Spider.
It almost seems that this prancing horse was designed keeping grueling Indian conditions in mind. Her chiseled curves reek of authentic Maranello (the place in Italy where Ferraris are built) pedigree. She goes beautifully—giving you a heady adrenaline rush while managing to pardon your silly mistakes. And her retractable hard top is a superb Ferrari innovation that gives you the protection of a solid roof along with the joy of enjoying the wind in your hair.
Once you pick up pace, a clever mix of notes come together to form the raspy Ferrari soundtrack. Even beyond 250 kph, the 458 Spider just keeps going.
Despite adding a solid retractable roof that takes around 14 stylish seconds to deploy, Ferrari engineers have managed to reduce the weight of the car. She weighs 40kg less than a traditional hardtop and nearly 25kg less than a sports car with a canvas top.
Thumb the starter and with a delectable growl the mid-rear engine comes to life. The slight wheel spin when you gently touch the accelerator reminds you of the power nestling in the 4500cc 570 horsepower V8. Once you pick up pace, a clever mix of notes come together to form the raspy Ferrari soundtrack. Even beyond 250 kph, the 458 Spider just keeps going.
Rest assured, with her brilliant combination of looks, comfort and panache, the 458 Spider will never let you down even amidst the most dazzling of glitterati. And of course, at the end of the day, she is a blue-blooded Ferrari and nothing less.
Sports cars are not known for generous cabin space, but the guys at Maranello have managed to free up enough space in Ferrari 458 Spider for your weekend trip.
We also recommend Ferrari’s bespoke luggage made especially for this fine automobile. Sports cars are not known for generous cabin space, but the guys at Maranello have managed to free up enough space in her for your weekend trip.
So good weather or bad, this Ferrari will always be ready to whisk you away in style. She is not extreme in the true Lamborghini sense, but she is beautiful to the point of being flawless. That is how sports cars should look and feel, we believe—with a perfect body hiding a vulnerable heart. The Ferrari 458 Spider will break yours for sure.