2015 Ferrari 458 Italia vs. Its Competition

2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The newest rival to the 458 is the McLaren 650S, and it's the closest to the Ferrari 458's capabilities.

In fact, in some ways, the McLaren exceeds the 458, with its higher power output and innovative suspension design.

The Nissan GT-R is also all-wheel drive, and unlike the rest of the cars mentioned so far, offers a (small) back seat.

While shockingly fast and capable of amazing lap times, the GT-R also fails to deliver the intuitive, exhilirating feedback of the Ferrari.

But when it comes to the emotional connection between driver and car, the Ferrari is still supreme.

Audi's R8 and Lamborghini's Gallardo (now replaced by the Huracan) share similar engines and layouts, and both make stylish alternatives to the 458 Italia.

Neither the Audi nor the Lamborghini offer the same level of driver engagement, however, though the Audi R8 is notably more practical, thanks to more cargo space and its all-wheel-drive system.

The all-new SRT Viper and Corvette Stingray are the American alternatives, and while they can both run with or even outpace the Ferrari on-track, they cost a fraction of the Ferrari's price and don't even approach the level of exclusivity.

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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2015 Ferrari 458 lineup, in all of its supercar splendor and race-derived mechanical majesty, is the modern iteration of those classic Ferrari models—plus a lot more.
9.2
The 2015 Audi R8 is a supercar fit for daily driving, thanks to its German precision and Italian powerplant.
8.8
With exceptional performance, style, comfort, features, and most of all value, the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray is a remarkable sports car.
8.0
The 2015 Viper returns to the Dodge fold and includes incremental updates to its old big-engine, rear-drive formula.
8.2
Did you think the previous GT-R offered unearthly performance? The 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo takes it up a notch, with some added finesse.
8.4
The 2015 Lamborghini Huracan is the best Lamborghini we've ever driven, and a tremendous supercar.
MSRP From     
$239,340$115,900$55,000N/A$101,770$237,250
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Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-8Gas V8N/ATwin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-10
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Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/AAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
222N/A42
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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