With the knowledge that replacing the heralded F430 would be a practically insurmountable task, Ferrari has once again exceeded all expectations. The newest gem of their fleet is also their most anticipated car in years; the 458 will definitely set a new luxury supercar standard. The 458 debuts Maranellos new 4.5 liter V8, and produces a riotous 562bhp and 398lb-ft of torque at an unbelievable 9,000RPM. As with the also-new California, the 458 boasts a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. One thing that Ferrari has carried over is the predominantly aluminum body; the car weighs in at a scant 3,042 pounds. Preliminary data states a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds, and word on the street is that the 458 will be the first production Ferrari to crack the 200mph barrier. There is a lot more to learn, as we expect to hear more in September, when the supercar debuts at the Frankfurt Auto Show. In the meantime, start sending gifts over to your local Ferrari dealer.
See more images of the Ferrari 458 Italia after the jump.