When compared to its younger 488 GTB sibling, the Ferrari 458 is technically less effective in every aspect. At least, that’s what the paper says. On the other hand, there is no doubt the 458 will be remembered throughout history as the best naturally aspirated mid-engine Ferrari. It got even better when its open-top version was launched. After all if wind blowing through your hair at little under 200 mph doesn’t make you live the dream, there’s probably nothing that will.
The Spider version of the 458 is named Aperta. It features a 4.5 liter (naturally aspirated) V8 boasting 597 hp and 398 lb-ft of troque. These figures let it get to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and reach a maximum speed of around 200 miles per hour. As with almost any other Ferrari, only 499 pieces got out the gates at Maranello factory. After that, production switched to the turbocharged 488. As you can imagine, it took very little time for all the 499 naturally aspirated pieces to be sold, and definitely not for a bargain price.
How to get one
Obviously, not amount of money in the world will convince the Italian brand to build another Aperta A. Fortunately, there is always the second-hand market – and when it comes to luxury cars, you don’t really need to worry about service history or too many miles on the odometer.
Nevertheless, don’t expect to find a load of them, either. At the moment, there are just five pieces listed online, for sale, each almost in a different corner of the world.
The best part is, two of the 458 Aperta available for sale are in brand new condition. This translates not just in perfect visuals and mechanical state, but also with just delivery mileage.
Prices vary between $688.000 and $950.000 – it’s interesting to see that the most expensive one isn’t the one with the fewest miles. However, since it’s being sold in Dubai, the extra pumped up price comes as no surprise.
Is it worth it?
The full question might be: is it worth buying one of the best naturally aspirated, aesthetically pleasant cars that was ever produced? The answer is, definitely yes! There’s just that tiny drawback of not having three quarters of a million in your pocket right now.