Ferrari is the first name in driving excitement, they are not just one of the most desirable brands in the automotive world, they are one of the most desirable brands in general. When it comes to Ferraris, their mid-engined V8 sports cars engender the most excitement. Yes, they make exciting Grand Tourers and ferocious hypercars, but it is the mid-engined V8 supercars on which their modern reputation is built.
From the legendary Dino vehicles to the 308 GTB to the F355, these vehicles are among the most storied in automotive history. The 458 joins that elite pantheon and is justly regarded as one of the best vehicles in its class. You can enjoy it in elegant silver for yourself when you rent it from Lion Heart Lifestyle.
The Legend Of The Ferrari V8s
It is hard to believe that the V8 engined Ferraris started out as junior-level vehicles. In fact, they didn’t even start out as Ferraris, they started out as a separate marque from Ferrari in 1968. The reason was that at the time Ferrari was mainly known for making 12 cylinder supercars and Enzo Ferrari felt that anything less than 12 cylinders would sully the Ferrari brand. However, Porsche had great success with their line of relatively affordable mid-engined 911 sports cars, which indicated that there was a strong market for those kinds of vehicles.
Enzo Ferrari could not ignore the success of the Porsche 911, so he created the Dino marque as a way to make lower-priced, mid-engined, sports cars capable of competing with the German automaker. These cars would be considered junior versions of the more powerful Ferrari cars. Dino was named after his late son, who is credited with designing the V6 engine of the vehicle that bears his name. That’s right, the junior Ferraris started out with V6 engines in the Dino 206 GT and Dino 246 GT. It is not until the Dino 308 GT4 and 208 GT4 that they would receive V8 engines. Perhaps, not coincidentally, that is also when Dinos got rebadged as proper Ferraris, but that did not happen immediately.
The 308 GT4 was launched in 1973 and the 208 GT4 was launched two years later. It was just one year after the debut of the 208 GT4, in 1976, that the Dino brand was scrapped and both of those vehicles officially received the Prancing Horse badge and became proper Ferraris. This was also when Ferrari decided that a V8 mid-engined vehicle was important to their lineup, though little did they know that those vehicles would end up becoming the flagships of their line. In fact, the V8 mid-engined cars would come to make up over half of their production line.
Those vehicles would have a huge influence on the automotive world as many supercars now feature a similar layout. Most of the current McLarens, for example, have that mid-engined V8 configuration, as does the latest Corvette. While those kinds of Ferraris have been often imitated, they have never been bettered, which is why they are among the most desired cars in the world.
Some Of the Best Ferrari V8s
Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS
This is one of the more successful Ferrari models since it had a ten-year reign that lasted from 1975 to 1985. It featured the wedge-shaped design that was popular at the time, as it was seen in other iconic vehicles like the Lamborghini Countach and the De Tomaso Pantera. The 308 was the replacement for the Dino 246 and it soon went on to receive acclaim for its design and performance. As good as the 308 was, its main claim to fame is likely its starring role on the hit TV show Magnum P.I., where it was as much of a star as Tom Selleck’s mustache.
Ferrari 360 Modena
The 360 Modena, which was launched in 1999, was actually the first Ferrari V8 mid-engined car in ten years. Its predecessor, the F355 was a reworked version of the 348, which was the successor to the 308 GTB. The 360 Modena had to be all new because it featured an all-aluminum chassis that was stiffer than the chassis of previous models. It also featured a new design language that was a big departure from the sharp, angled, wedge shape of the previous V8s. The 360 had a more rounded flowing style that is still used even now. This car had a mixed reception at first but is now widely regarded to be one of the better Ferraris and an important milestone in the company’s evolution.
The Ferrari 458 Italia
The 458 was launched in 2009 and had an impressive six-year reign. It is generally considered to be one of the best Ferraris in every possible category, from design to handling to power output. Let’s start with the looks; after the divisive Ferrari 360 and its successor, the F430, the 458 was regarded as the first genuinely beautiful Ferrari in years. Styled by regular Ferrari collaborator Pininfarina, the body of the 458 exuded style while also being practical, since the aerodynamic design cut through the air and the downforce kept it planted to the asphalt.
The engine generated 526 HP which launched the 458 to 60 MPH in 3.4 seconds and gave it a top speed of 202 MPH. The impressive handling means that it works as well on the highway as it does on the race track. The interior is as special as the exterior since it features stitched Alcantara leather as well as carbon-fiber trim, which looks great and helps keep the weight down. All of the switchgear is mounted on the steering wheel, which streamlines the interior and prevents the use of any stalks to tarnish the interior.
The 458 Italia is simply one of the most complete Ferraris ever made, it is exciting, practical, gorgeous, and elegant. There have been other great Ferraris made since the 458 but it is simply in a class by itself.
Rent The Ferrari 458 From Lion Heart Lifestyle
The Ferrari 458 is available to rent from Lion Heart Lifestyle and driving this vehicle is an occasion that you should not miss. This is a once in a generation car that defined a generation and no one should pass up the chance to get behind the wheel of one. So head to Lion Heart Lifestyle and be prepared to be blown away by the Ferrari 458.