Although F430 was good, the Ferrari 458 Italia is the better machine because it has a unified engine design. It boasts of a 4.5-liter, direct injection V8 engine which revs up a whopping 562 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque at 600rpm. It produces an additional 52 HP than a standard F430. It also accelerates to a top speed of 60mph in just about 3.4 seconds and it can hit its top speed of 200mph in a short time. On the other hand, Maserati Granturismo is powered by a 4.7 litre V8 engine which produces 440 hp far less than the 458 italia. It also accelerates from 0-60mph in just about 4.7 seconds
The interior and especially the steering wheel and instrument panel of this model mark a significant stride by infusing an ergonomic interface for the driver. Themain commands are now assembled on the wheel while the secondary commands occupy either side of the dashboard. A driver can also take advantage of the instrument panels. These enhancements herald a significant aspect of safetywhich allows the driver to remain vigilant on the road. Also, it ensures better control of driving in high performance mode. Basically the engineers have reinterpreted the location of major commands to create driver oriented cockpit.
On the other hand, Maserati Granturismo has a sportier feeling. Its ergonomic design is reflected in the front and rear seats. Therefore, the driver and passengers enjoy enhanced support and optimized comfort for the ultimate sports driving experience. The elements of the interior come with an accentuated profile and covered with Poltrona Frau leather upholstery.
Ferrari 458 italia comes with a wedge shaped caboose. It might resemble the orthodox Ferrari line, but there are a few adjustments to enhance its aerodynamics. The front comes with an air opening plus vents on the front fender. The large ducts at the rear are crafted with partitions and contours for aerodynamics. Its nose features small aeroelastic winglets which create a downforce when the car accelerates thus reducing drag. On the other hand, Maserati Granturismo also comes with a redesigned bumper at front which optimizes front air flow directed to the engine and brakes.
The starting price of this supercar is about $275,000 at current rates. And, this is just the price tag for a simple model. If you want a model that has more add-ons and better tweaks, you may part with $325,000 which is in the spectrum of another coveted model, the 612 Scaglietti. On the other hand, Maseratti comes at afairer pricing than the 458 because its price tag starts at $139, 900 while the 2012 Convertible is at $142800.
It is not a secret that the Ferrari 458 italia enjoys much admiration and respect from critics and admirers in equal measure than its counterpart Maseratti Granturismo. It continues to awe fanatics of supercars all over the world, and this explains why this v8 machine has won back to back recognition and awards in various auto categories.