More mpg for your mph

The world will have to wait until September for the actual unveiling, but Ferrari's just-announced successor to the F430, the 458 Italia, looks ready to steal the Frankfurt Motor Show. The two-seater mid-rear-engined berlinetta is an entirely new model, not an update, and carries over lessons learned from the F1 track not just in aero design but also in engine performance, which has been relentlessly tailored to reduce internal frictions. Regarding the body design, it's still a beauty—after all, Pininfarina's in charge. But as for that internal friction tinkering, it's the result of Ferrari's first real attempt at a fuel-efficient car. While the company has brought some numbers up—the 4.5 liter V8-powered Italia rates 17.1 mpg—it's likely other figures that'll be grabbing more attention: 0 to 62 in 3.4, with a new top-speed record for Ferrari, 202 mph.

[via Autoblog]

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