Video: Lamborghini Gallardo Race Ends With A Fishtail And A Crash

Video: Lamborghini Gallardo Race Ends With A Fishtail And A Crash

For the benefit of those who are fanatics of Lamborghini Gallardos, this video just might be a little too much to stomach. But if you enjoy the spectacle of supercar crashes – injuries More »

Next BMW X5 Has Begun Testing

Next BMW X5 Has Begun Testing

The current BMW X5 went on sale back in 2006 and after what will end up being eight years, BMW will finally release a brand-spanking new generation X5 in 2014, and we were able to grab some spy More »

Mercedes-Benz SL

Mercedes-Benz SL

The new high-tech, low weight Mercedes SL roadster receives its official global unveil next week in Detroit. “We want to get back to clean, long-lasting design,” director of Mercedes global advanced design More »

BMW 3 – BMW begins sales of sixth-generation sedan

BMW 3 – BMW begins sales of sixth-generation sedan

BMW staged the U.S. launch of the sixth generation of the stalwart 3-series at the Detroit auto show this week, which makes this as good a time as any to take a look back at the car More »

BMW M5 F10 first independent dyno results

BMW M5 F10 first independent dyno results

The US market still has to wait until next year to savour that which is the BMW M5 F10. But in Europe, the all new M5 is hitting the markets and tuning firms More »

 

TopGear Awards 2011: cabrio of the year

Most of the Ferrari 458 Spider was not a surprise. We knew it’d be gloriously noisy, with that 4.5-litre V8 searing its way to 9,000rpm, slicing open aural nerves and dipping the ends in sonic salt. We knew it would be fast and dynamic, with a mid-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, 568bhp and Ferrari voodoo sprinkled over the vital mechanical bones. We assumed that, shorn of its roof, it might well be a bit bloody intense. And we were right. It is all of those things.

But we weren’t prepared for being quite so enamoured with the assimilation – roof up or down – of the retractable hard-top. And we were joyfully surprised by the ability of the Spider to ape the Coupe’s dynamics, its complete understanding of what elevates a mid-engined supercar from the merely good to the definitively great. Not perfectly: it will shudder slightly over rough surfaces, and you lose the ability to peruse the seminal engine through a transparent cover. But these are small things when you realise this is the first time you should be considering the Spider variant over the Coupe. It really is that good. A no-compromise convertible? It’s real. It’s here. It’s the Ferrari 458 Spider.

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