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 at this point that you turn on the ignition, thumb the big, red, starter button on the left-hand side of the steering wheel, and remember why God saw fit to bless humanity with the Ferrari V8. Without a roof in the way, and with a retuned exhaust system to better make use of the lack of interruption between exhaust and ear, the 458 Spider sounds like an F1 car with its balls dropped. It purrs into life with a velvety rumble that sounds like a slightly fast idle - no chugging - and a couple of quick blips see the revs snap to attention and fall away with the speed you can only associate with natural aspiration.