Country & Base – Italy - Maranello
- 458 Italia
RAC Cars Need To Know:
What can be said about a company drenched in such praise and history? Words aren’t enough to capture Ferrari’s spirit, importance, and dominance over the years, so the only way to describe Ferrari is by saying it is the daddy; the big homie; the don-dada.
Ferrari’s motorsport heritage has helped the company sell thousands of seriously-trick sports and super cars to the lucky few, but it’s the company’s ability to succeed on the track and on the road which really sets the company apart from the rest.
Enzo Ferrari’s vision to create a company which dominates any sector it enters has stayed true despite his death. Cars like the Enzo, the 360, the 458 Italia and 599 have cemented the company into the 21st century, and with up-and-coming models like the F12, it seems unlikely that Ferrari will be losing steam any time soon.
If you want a cheaper way into Ferrari ownership, the 360 is a good way to go. It remains Ferrari’s most successful model, and even if the handling was always a little suspect, it is still a seriously sorted super car with enough power to worry most modern cars. A Ferrari is a dream car, so don’t worry about miles to the gallon or whether it has a boot; just drive, and then drive some more.
If you need a four-seater, then the FF or 612 will be an ideal partner, but just remember that while they are marketed as a 2+2, you will need either extremely thin friends or children to ensure they’re comfortable in the back. Ferrari makes cars with performance in mind, not the comfort of the rear passengers.