First I would like to point out this is not the opinion of myself or the MyCarheaven team. A poll of 4,500 Ferrari fans named the all-time top 5 greatest V8 Ferraris with the 458 Italia in first place. Really?
Thousands of prancing horse devotees have overwhelmingly declared the Ferrari 458 Italia to be the greatest ever V8 from Maranello. Pitched against everything from the tax-break 208 to the current 488GTB, the 458 mopped up a landslide 42% of the vote, more than twice the support for its nearest rival. Personally, I believe that whatever is most current will always get the majority vote, so I offer my own opinion at the end of this article and would love to hear your top 5 V8 Ferraris.
The poll was conducted on behalf of Enzo, the new quarterly magazine dedicated exclusively to Ferrari, and a total of over 4,500 votes were received. Enzo is produced by the team behind Octane magazine and the poll was taken among online readers of Octane as well as those of its sister publications evo and Auto Express.
In its latest issue, Enzo conducts an epic, beautifully photographed group test of some of the greatest V8 Ferraris of all time and delivers its verdict. Now the general public has delivered theirs with the 458 Italia claiming its commanding victory ahead of the F355 and Ferrari’s latest offering in this field – the 488GTB.
Every issue of Enzo is 100% Ferrari with the team compiling a selection of road tests on the latest models as well as drive stories and track tests of classics from the Maranello brand’s glorious past. Readers also get interviews with leading personalities in the Ferrari world, expert insights into the marque’s past and future, plus much, much more.
Subscriptions to Enzo are available now from www.enzo-magazine.co.uk and anyone signing up now gets the first and second issues for just £6.
The top 5 greatest ever V8 Ferraris
Having taken its bow at Frankfurt in 2009, the successor to Ferrari’s 430 stayed in production until just a couple of years ago and was mobbed with plaudits and awards from day one. With a mid-mounted 4.5-litre V8, it revs to a mighty 9,000rpm, boasts more than 550bhp, propelling it to 62mph in 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of over 200mph.
Following on from the less popular 348, the F355 was the darling of 1990s Ferraris and, with a capacity increase and the introduction of a new cylinder head, it was considered a real return to form. The longitudinal 3.5-litre V8 cost just over £80,000 new and pumped out 375bhp for 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds and over 180mph. Built in record numbers for a Ferrari at the time (over 11,000 were manufactured), it garnered some 20% of the vote.