Ferrari 458 Speciale around Elba
We take the harder, faster Fezza on a road trip round an idyllic Italian island. Yeah, tough day
Posted: 27 May 2014
Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to pick up an Italian supercar from the source will tell you that the bravado is laced with at least a sliver of terror. This is a £208k, 597bhp Ferrari, for heaven's sake, and, as the garage door rises, it's apparent that clearing the kerb onto the road without striating the Speciale's undertray is the first test. We make it, and within five miles the Ferrari has magically finessed away any fear. Mooching around, searching for the autostrada, the first shock is how easy the Speciale is to drive. In fact, operating the audio system is, by a country mile, the most difficult thing to get your head around. Yes, there's a degree of ergonomic bravery to the 458's instrument layout, but there's an equal amount of punchability. The four-point race harness seems a bit OTT, too. Justin and I are forced to have all of our conversations with one another minus any gestures, as neither of us can move our upper bodies.