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 doesn't last long. In fact, it lasts roughly as long as it takes to get to the on-ramp of the autostrada, at which point I flick the five-position manettino to CST Off, drop five gears and give the throttle pedal every last ounce of force I can manage. Now, the manettino operates the various performance modes of the traction control and differential variously known as: Wet, Sport, Race, CST Off and a final mode badged ESC Off which translates roughly as ‘Thank you, and goodnight.' Race gives fast-attack changes, a more aggressive F1-Trac differential and a lessening of traction control, CST Off even more so. I should have stayed in Race. The engine note shears past 7,500rpm on its way to banshee 9,000, there's a flirtation with the rev-limiter before I grab another gear and fishtail down the on-ramp, the full 562bhp handshake. Bloody hell. Not gone soft, then.