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The base MSRP for the 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider sits around $257,000 (via Motor Trend), making it the least expensive of James’ cars. But, the King likes his cars anything but standard, so we’ll put its value at least north of that.
In that vein, Ferrari offered this with an optional HELE package that lessened the car’s fuel consumption, while increasing its performance in several ways. It had an engine stop/start system, a different AC compressor, adaptive transmission programming, and throttle response (via Edmunds). James would likely have had this installed on his car.
It’s the first year Ferrari made the convertible Spider, which had a unique, retractable folding hardtop. With the push of a few buttons, the top was stashed away (in 14 seconds) underneath a flip-up tonneau cover (via Edmunds). The exterior paint job was a specially ordered darker red than generally seen on a Ferrari, complete with a metallic finish. Mirrors, wheels, and door handles were all finished out in black (via Carhp).
This Spider has a 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8, producing 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque mated to a 7-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission (via Edmunds). The 458 Italia Spider gets from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds, at a top speed of 199 mph (via Carhp). According to Edmunds, it was one of the fastest cars in the world at the time of its release.
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