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2012 Ferrari 458 Italia China 20th Anniversary

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia China 20th Anniversary

This year marks the 20th anniversary for Ferrari in China since the first Ferrari, a 348 TS, was ordered in Beijing. To celebrate this historical milestone, Ferrari has introduced a special edition 458 Italia, limited to only 20 cars exclusively made for the China market. The car's livery is characterized by unique Chinese elements and is finished in a brand new color called Marco Polo Red specially developed for this exclusive car which will be presented at the inauguration of the Ferrari Exhibition at the Shanghai Expo Park's Italian Center. (continued below)

2012 458 Italia China 20th Anniversary Photo Gallery
2012 Ferrari 458 Italia China 20th Anniversary 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia China 20th Anniversary 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia China 20th Anniversary

Ferrari Celebrates its 20th Anniversary in China

Source: Ferrari | Published: Thu Apr 12, 2012

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Another important element for the 20th anniversary celebration is the unveiling of the first ever permanent Ferrari exhibition outside of Maranello at the Italia Center of Shanghai World Expo Park. The Ferrari Exhibition will last for three years and will feature some of the best collections from the Maranello Museum divided into five topics, including Ferrari in China, Green Technology, Product, Design and Racing.

Along with current and past Ferrari models, visitors will gain first-hand experience with a rich selection of images and videos made especially for this exhibition.

The inspiration behind the 2012 458 Italia 20 Anniversary Edition's livery came from the longma theme which is an old Chinese idiom which means "the vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse". Dragon is a symbol of Chinese culture, standing for courage, passion and success, whilst Ferrari's prancing horse logo is one of the most recognized symbols in the world representing Italian cultural identity and its unrivalled achievements in the design and engineering fields.

The 458 Italia is a very high performing and exclusive 8 cylinder mid-rear engined car which has won over 35 awards all around the world. The 458 Italia mixes very innovative technology with exclusivity and design and it perfectly encapsulates the passion and vitality of the longma spirit.

The most eye-catching element of the car's exterior is the golden dragon on the front bonnet, which is offset by gold and black livery stripes symbolizing a racing track. The image of the soaring dragon and the prancing horse on the front bonnet complement each other perfectly, and are the finishing touch to the car's overall design. The symbols reflect both Chinese culture as well as Ferrari's constant innovation.

This unique design is enhanced by gold finish to the rims and the aeroelastic winglets. The interior also reflects the unique longma spirit and the celebration of Chinese culture with gold embroidery on the car's head rests, while the engine start button on each of the 20 cars is inscribed with the simplified Chinese characters for 'start', and a '20th Anniversary Special Edition' plaque is set into the dash.

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V8
Displacement 274 cu in (4497 cc)
Power 570 hp @ 9000 rpm
Torque 398 lb-ft @ 6000 rpm
Redline n/a
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 7 Speed Dual Clutch Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 235/35 ZR20 - 295/35 ZR20
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 178.2 in
Width 76.3 in
Height 47.8 in
Curb Weight 3042 lbs
0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) 3.3 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 mph Braking 103 feet
Top Speed > 202 mph
Fuel Economy
NEDC Fuel Consumption - Combined 13.7 l/100 km
Origin & Price
Manufacturer's Origin Italy
Where Built Maranello, Italy
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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