This magnificent piece of road you see above is the Stelvio Pass in Northern Italy, and it’s arguably the greatest driving road in the world. Going up the twists and bends of this road, even in a van, would be one of the most memorable drives anyone can have, so you can imagine how awesome it would be if you get to drive it in a Ferrari 458 Spider. I guess that’s what being in heaven feels like.
That is what Jethro Bovingdon, Car and Driver’s European correspondent has been up to – not in heaven, on earth. And he’s made an amazing video from his almost spiritual journey:
The Ferrari 458 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s 570 CV 4,499 cc V8 which was named International Engine of the Year 2011. The power is transferred to the road by Ferrari’s class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission through the sophisticated E-Diff, itself integrated with the F1-Trac traction control and high-performance ABS for maximum handling dynamics. The car delivers 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in under 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h.
Certain features, such as its accelerator pedal mapping and the damping of the multilink suspension, have been calibrated to guarantee maximum sportiness and absolute driving pleasure with the top down.