Ferrari 458 Italia awarded 2011 World Performance Car of the Year

Ferrari 458 Italia

While the 2011 Nissan LEAF and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt took the 2011 World Car of the Year and the 2011 World Green Car of the Year awards (respectively) at the 2011 New York Auto Show, the Ferrari 458 Italia was rightfully named the the 2011 World Performance Car of the Year.

The Ferrari 458 Italia was chosen from an initial list of 14 sports cars by a jury consisting of 66 international journalists from 24 different countries.

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With the “World Performance Car of the Year” the jury’s specialists wanted to underline the 458 Italia’s extraordinary performance capacity on the track and on the road, defining the car as “already a classic in every sense, but its sophisticated handling abilities at the limit take the V8 middle-rear engine Ferrari concept to a whole new level”.

In the statement an acclaim regarding the car’s “meraviglioso sound” wasn’t missing.

Refresher: Power for the Ferrari 458 Italia comes from a mid-rear mounted 4.5L V8 producing 570-hp at 9,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 398 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm. Mated to a dual-clutch 7-speed F1 gearbox, 0 to 62 mph comes in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of over 202 mph.

– By: Omar Rana