Clarkson on the Ferrari 458
Jeremy takes the Ferrari to the very limits of grip... at 37mph
Posted: 16 Jun 2011
However, I can reveal that the dashboard lay-out of the Ferrari is a bit bonkers. Because of the flappy paddles that operate the new gearbox, Ferrari has decided that all of the things normally controlled by stalks should be controlled by buttons on the steering wheel. That's the dim dip, the wipers, the windscreen wash and the indicators. And that's a lot of buttons even before you get to the red one that starts the engine and the six-way traction-control system.
Just sitting there, things are confusing. On the road, it’s worse, because the trouble with a steering wheel is... it doesn’t sit still.
So the button to operate the left indicator is now on the right. And every time you try to dim your headlights, you wash the windscreen. And to make matters worse, the instrument binnacle is a bit bonkers as well.