Ferrari 458 Spider Rental in Los Angeles
The Ferrari 458 Spider may be a generation behind the current 488 GTB, but it is still leagues ahead of practically every other car on the road. That is because the 458 is one of the best Ferraris ever produced. Granted, that could be said of nearly every Ferrari, but the 458 was considered a return to form for the Italian automaker.
The predecessor to the 458, the F430, was a very good vehicle that was one of the first truly practical Ferraris. However, it lacked in visual excitement because of styling that was somewhat anodyne for a Ferrari. The Prancing Horse had something to prove, and they rose to the occasion with the 458; it represented a huge evolution for Ferrari, both outside and in. If you want to experience it for yourself, then come to Premiere Exotic Car Rentals, rent the Ferrari 458 Spider, and get ready for an experience you will never forget.
History of the Ferrari 458 Spider
The 458 was, at the time, the ninth iteration of the mid-engined Ferraris, and even though the V8 powered mid-engined Ferraris are now a staple of the company, that was not always the case. The first mid-engined Ferrari didn’t even have the Ferrari name, it was called the Dino—named after Enzo Ferrari’s late son—and it was meant to be a relatively affordable car that was meant to compete with the Porsche 911. The Ferrari name was reserved for the more powerful 12 cylinder models while the Dino marque was used for the V6 and V8 vehicles.
The Dino was introduced in 1965 at the Paris Auto Show as a concept car, but the response was so positive that Ferrari decided to put it into production. They were initially reluctant because a mid-engined road car was unusual at the time, but they relented and the Dino 206 GT was introduced in 1968. Its radical styling and relative affordability made it very popular and it is rightly regarded as a classic. However, its most important legacy is that it ushered in the highly popular mid-engined Ferraris we know and love.
That, of course, includes the Ferrari 458. Launched in 2009, the 458 represented a technological leap forward for Ferrari, the E-Diff and F1-Trac traction control systems were state-of-the-art at the time, and still impress even today. The same goes for the Spider—aka, the convertible—version of the 458; it boasted the first ever metal folding roof for a mid-engined Ferrari, and like the rest of the vehicle, it was exquisitely engineered. It is actually lighter than the traditional fabric roof of its predecessor, the F430 Spider, and it doesn’t have much of a negative effect on the car’s handling or top speed either, both of which are comfortably ahead of even some non-convertible supercars.
Tech Specs of the Ferrari 458 Spider
The Ferrari 458 Spider has the same 562 horsepower V8 engine as the coupe, and despite the Spider being slightly heavier, it still gets you to 60 MPH in just 3.4 seconds, the same as the coupe. The 458 Spider does have a slightly lower top speed than the coupe, but that top speed is still 198 MPH, so it’s not exactly a hearse. The retractable folding roof is one of the fastest on any car, because it can be opened in just 14 seconds.
As far as handling is concerned, the 458 Spider retains all of the coupe’s sharpness and handling, such that you won’t even notice the extra weight it is carrying. And much like the coupe, that handling is highly accessible for anyone who is not an F1 driver. Both the coupe and Spider versions of the 458 have a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission that is very simple to use even if you have never piloted a supercar before.
There is no traditional manual transmission available, making the 458 the fourth Ferrari to have one. The previous Ferraris with automatic transmissions were all specialist models, so the 458 is the first mainstream model to feature an automatic gearbox. That seemed like heresy at first, but most modern supercars now exclusively feature automatic gearboxes, so the 458 was ahead of its time when it launched.
Innovation On Every Level
The interior of the 458 is a admittedly a mixed bag. The seats are comfortable and hold you firm at any speed and any angle. However, the steering wheel takes some getting used to because Ferrari styled it after the steering wheel of an F1 car.
If you have ever seen the wheel of an F1 car, then you know that it looks like something out of mission control; the wheel of the 458 is not quite as complicated, but don’t be surprised if you realize that the turn signal has been on for the last ten minutes or that you mixed up the buttons for the high beams and the suspension settings. Just focus on the start button and you’ll be fine.
Get Behind The Wheel of the Ferrari 458 Spider
The 458 Spider is more expensive to purchase and to maintain than the coupe version, but that is not something you need to worry about when you rent one from Premiere Exotic Car Rentals. That is just one of the many perks of renting a supercar instead of owning one, but the main one is that you get to drive it. And you will definitely want to drive it because once you experience the symphony of the V8 engine, the sun and wind on your face, and the speed and handling of the Ferrari 458 Spider, you will wonder why you waited for so long.