Outrun: the Ferrari 458 Spider driven
Top Gear magazine's Tom Ford takes a spin in Ferrari's new convertible. With fashion model in tow…
Posted: 03 Dec 2011
It is - without being mind-bending - very, very fast. But it has such a deceptive and flowing cross-country pace that you'll probably travel more quickly than you realise. Some cars leave you awed by their ability to get somewhere insanely quickly; this one leaves you revelling in the journey itself. Mind you, for all the ability, there's still a fair bit of slidey nonsense available in the later iterations of the manettino, and if you go too fast, all the king's horses and all the king's men will forget Humpty and just turn up with a spade and a bin bag. Hard to feel vulnerable in this car, though. It all seems a little bit dreamy. For a bit, I even forget that anyone is sat beside me, and really hit a rhythm. When we reach the bottom, I turn to Cristina, finding her only slightly white. I ask her if she's ok, and she answers in lilting Italian-inflected English.
"I... 'ave... a... Smart car. It is... it is... not like this."