Ever since I was lucky enough to get behind the wheel during Targa Tasmania a while back I’ve become keener and keener on the idea of owning a 458.
In fact I have had my eye on the 458 market for a while now but of late the 488 market has also come down dramatically. This is probably due to the flood of new cars that are coming onto the market. As I write there are currently 26 x 488s on the market and only 12 x 458s. That means that potentially you could pick up a 488 pretty cheap. Yes, it would be more expensive than a 458, but it is a more modern car, faster, better over performance and so on. There is also a good chance that you could also pick one up that still has the factory warranty included. Still having a factory warranty certainly provides some piece of mind against unexpected maintenance costs.
I have been lucky enough to drive the 488 in anger around Fiorano. That experience taught me that the 488 is a magnificent car that one could user every day and that’s were some of the doubt started to creep in for me. Yes, the 488 is an amazing car and wickedly fast but the 458 is just that bit rawer and the 458 is also the very last of the normally aspirated V8’s from Ferrari it would seem. Apart from the performance issues, a 458 is generally always going to be cheaper than a 458 and in Ferrari money, that can be a significant chunk of change.
At this stage I’m not going to completely rule out 488 ownership but I think a 458 ticks more the boxes that I’m after and I also feel that the 458 will be more valuable over time being the last of the non-turbo V8’s.
With the model now set, now it’s time to track down a good deal!