Ferrari unveil their latest F458 Italia
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Ferrari has taken the wraps of its new F458 Italia, the eagerly awaited replacement for the F430. As expected, the emphasis is on lightness and hi-tech materials, with design cues and engineering elements trickling down from limited edition models like the Enzo.

Limited edition model F458

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See more of the Ferrari F458 Italia, as revelaed today

The V8-powered F458 continues the company's distinguished lineage of mid-engined models, with each succeeding generation upping the power and increasing efficiency as technology improves. That means lightweight components, high power outputs and an all-new engine.

Visually, the F458 is a far more cohesive composition than the recent front-engined California roadster. The curvaceous, sculpted flanks are the work of long-time Ferrari collaborator Pininfarina. When it hits the market in 2010, at an expected price of around £150,000, the F458 will be competing with Lamborghini's Gallardo and the all-new Mclaren P11, due to be unveiled in September.

Jonathan Bell has written for Wallpaper* magazine since 1999, covering everything from architecture and transport design to books, tech and graphic design. He is now the magazine’s Transport and Technology Editor. Jonathan has written and edited 15 books, including Concept Car Design, 21st Century House, and The New Modern House. He is also the host of Wallpaper’s first podcast.