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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 30th, 2015

We’re moving a bit upscale for today’s Japanese car auction find. It’s a 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia, which is the original two-seat berlinetta version of the car that made its original debut a little more than five years ago at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 succeeded the Ferrari F430 Coupe, however you wouldn’t be able to see any relationship by looking at the two cars. The 458 has a much more invigorating design, and was developed specifically with technology from the firm’s experience in Formula 1 racing.

We can start by talking about what’s under the hood of this renowned Italian sports car. This 2012 458 Italia boasts a 4.5L V8 engine with direct fuel injection. It can output a rubber-burning 562 hp at the redline, and a full 398 lb-ft of torque. Plus, the car has a very efficient rev-range; Ferrari brags that you can access 80% of the car’s torque by 3,250 rpm, which is a hair over a third of the car’s 9,000 rpm redline. The 458’s engine is paired with a dual-clutch 7-speed GETRAG transmission.

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia auction find

Of course, all of these specs are meaningless until you put them into real-world numbers… The Ferrari 458’s official 0 to 100 km time (aka. 0 to 62 mph) is a staggering 3.4 seconds, and its top speed is 202 mph (325 km/h).

While the engine is what gives this 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia its power, you’ll need to thank the double wishbone suspension and the perfectly symmetrical 50/50 mid-engine mount. This perfect front-rear balance and performance-tuned suspension allow for precise motion control throughout all states of movement and acceleration. When you pair that with Ferrari’s incredible traction control systems – E-Diff and F1-Trac – it’s no wonder that piloting the 458 is regarded as nothing short of an epic experience.

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia interior

Looking inside the Ferrari 458 Italia, you’ll find a highly organic interior with a surprising amount of legroom for the driver and his/her passenger. This car showcases the epitome of luxury materials – fine leather seating and upholstery with subtle red accent stitching. Ferrari also kept the dashboard controls minimally complicated. Navigation and vehicle information is delivered via dual-purpose LCD screens, and many of the controls such as turn signals and wipers can be directly controlled from the steering wheel.

All in all, this 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia is an incredible Japanese car auction find. We don’t always see these newer Ferrari models hit the auction floors in Japan, simply because people really like holding onto them. So, if you’re interested, be sure to get more details for this one by reading the translation below the auction sheet:

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia auction sheet

Grade 4.5, interior B, first registered September 2012, 458 Italia model, AT, AC, service book, original alloy wheels, two wheel drive, power steering, power windows, leather, airbag, one owner, Cornes official dealer left-hand drive import, ¥3.7 million worth of option items, 2012 model, carbon fibre-look wrapping, protective film on headlights, spare remote key, seats have minor wear, marks where a mount has been on the dashboard, scratches, marks as per map


Japan Car Auction Finds: Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The recent launch of the McLaren MP4-12C Spider reminded me of its arch enemy, the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, that happens to share the same origami-style convertible hard top supplied to both contenders to the junior supercar crown by Webasto.

With the ability to enjoy the engine note of these cars being arguably more important than absolute performance (since there is no way to even begin to tax the abilities of these performance monsters on the public roads), the Spider models are undeniably the more logical choice. Sure they are more expensive than their coupe cousins but, frankly, at these prices customers aren’t going to be counting anyway.

And here is a magnificent example of the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider that found its way into the car auctions in Japan. Not only a grade 6 (so almost perfect condition), but also the seller has made a point of noting all the expensive options that are fitted (along with their prices).

The best part of the car? In my opinion, the rear. So I’ve left that photo until last.

And the only problem with it? It’s not red!

458 Spider Front
458 Spider inspection report
458 Spider Interior
458 Spider Rear