The official unveiling of the Ferrari 458 Italia had been one of the most anticipated events planned for the Frankfurt show, and we have pics and details inside.

The eagerly anticipated F430 replacement was shown off today at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, when Ferrari introduced the Ferrari 458 Italia at a press conference.  Ferrari is showing off the 562 horsepower car with improvements to fuel consumption and CO2 emissions that, they say, sets "the benchmark in this segment."

Using a mid-rear mounted 4.5-liter V8 engine, the 458 goes from 0-100 km/h in under 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 325 km/h.  The driver controls the engine with the Getrag F1 transmission, a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.  It has a 407 hp to tonne power-to-weight ratio, with a dry weight of about 1380 kg. 

By making "significant aerodynamics development on the exterior design," and reducing friction within the engine, the vehicle achieves fuel consumption of 13.3 liters per 100 km, a significant reduction compared to the F430's use of 18.3 liters of fuel for the same distance.  Emissions have also been drastically reduced, with the new model expelling 307 grams of CO2 per kilometer, compared to the F430's 420 g/km.

New developments, like the aeroelastic winglets, also make this possible.  Located at the front, the winglets create downforce at low speeds, but "deform to reduce the section of the radiator inlets" at higher speeds, thus reducing drag.  Inside, engineers completely reimagined everything from the multi-function steering wheel, to the ergonomics. 

Other features on the vehicle include Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, spaceframe and body made from aluminum, and a hi-fi infotainment system from Harman.  Front and rear LED lighting, and the instrument cluster, was provided by Magneti Marelli.

Vehicle pricing was not yet disclosed, but it should be circa €190,000.

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