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This Is Why Budget Doesn’t Rent Ferrari 458 Italias

Posted in Ferrari, How To, Videos by Kurt Ernst | April 30th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

Ferrari tells you that their 458 Italia is designed around the driver, and that’s absolutely correct if the driver is an F1 pilot. For us mere mortals, learning how to drive a 458 is an exercise in needless complexity. Consider the steering wheel, where Ferrari puts the paddle shifters and horn (good), but also includes the start button, turn signals, high beam switch, windshield wipers, suspension de-coupling(?) and Manettino switch. I don’t even know what the Manettino switch does (and neither does Google Translate), but I have to assume there’s an espresso / cappuccino maker somewhere in the dash. God knows I enjoy a good cup of Manettino after banging off some hot laps. Don’t expect things to get easier from there, since the dash allows a high level of customization, and Ferrari’s big on redundant controls: what the hell are all those dials for under the right hand nav controls, anyway? Do they launch chaff? Pour oil slicks behind the car? Preheat the Manettino maker? See if you can figure out how to drive the 458 from the video below.

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6 Responses

  1. The_Black_Stig says:

    Looks good, man.
    Manettino switch is for choosing driving modes – normal, race, suicide, etc…

  2. Set says:

    Someone doesn’t watch Top Gear or else they’d know what the Manettino switch does. Haha

  3. I don’t think this car is for me; I still get confused how to turn the high beams on in my car (it’s in the turn signal stick but I always forget which way to push it). I can’t remember it right now either. I would die behind the wheel of the Ferrari. I like simple cars that are easy to drive; this is too complicated!

  4. Alex says:

    The only features I would need are:

    -gas pedal
    -brake
    -steering wheel
    -TCS off

  5. J D Stadler says:

    With my caffeine addiction, I think I’d rather enjoy a dash-mount cappuccino maker

  6. otomotiv says:

    Ferrari is a fascinating car. I hope in my car one day become:)