Well, who can honestly say they saw the Ferrari 458 Italia coming?

We were all expecting a gentle evolution of the F430 (rumoured to be called the F450), but what we have instead is what looks like a baby Enzo.

It seems that this is the Ferrari for everyone. It’s got a show-stopping design, it looks fantastic in red (as all classic Ferraris should), it’s packed with F1 and futuristic technology and then there’s the Ferrari badge. And when Michael Schumacher has been involved with the testing of it, you know it’s going to be good, even if it does have to be a bit naughty to get there.

The 458 Italia could even be the supercar for environmentalists. The first mid-engined application of Ferrari’s new direct-injection V8 has helped cut CO2 emissions to 320g/km (over the 420g/km in the F430) and mpg is boosted to more than 20 (over the 17mpg of the F430). These eco improvements come despite the fact the 458 Italia is faster and more powerful than both the F430 and 430 Scuderia.

Everything about this car screams “look at me”, but what I love about it is the details. I’ve never seen such aerodynamic door handles or such a strikingly sculpted LED light ‘tower’ at the front, nor have I seen a front bumper which deforms at speed. The tri-exhausts and F1-style diffuser help complete the look at the rear end.