A new Ferrari 458 Italia promotional video has been released, featuring an interview with F1 legend Michael Schumacher.
Schumacher, who has been involved in development driving of the 458 Italia, talks through the innovative F1-style steering wheel, which includes the start button, shock absorber setting adjustments, indicator and high beam control, and the seven-speed gearshift paddles.
The steering “has increased precision and accuracy by a tremendous amount”, and the all-new suspension offers “a huge improvement” on previous models, according to the retired racer.
Schumacher also says he has been especially impressed with the brakes, which have “such performance [as] I have never seen before”, and help to stop the 458 from 62mph in just 32.5 metres.
Schumacher calls acceleration from the new 4.5-litre V8 “exceptional”. The engine slings the new car from 0-62mph in less than 3.4 seconds thanks to the 562bhp it produces at 9000rpm.
The seven-time F1 champion sums up the 458 Italia as “a big step forward” for Ferrari.
The car will be officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September, and is expected to cost around £150,000.