Rent a Ferrari 458 Italia for a Day

Push though Cape Town’s curviest corners from the belly of a supercar beast


There are certainly many ways to live the ultimate good life. You could hire a yacht and cruise the Mediterranean. You could charter a plane and fly to Mauritius. Or, you could land in Cape Town and hire a Ferrari.

For obvious reasons, we’re partial toward the latter, and as fate would have it, one of the Italian stallion’s most lauded supercars is available for rent in the Mother City. In short, in a Cape Town with exceptional driving roads that criss-cross valleys, tear over mountain passes and cling to the sides of sea cliffs, it simply doesn’t get better than helming the ultimate supercar hire through Southernmost Africa’s scenic beauty.

About the Ferrari 458 Italia

There are supercars, and then there is the Ferrari 458 Italia. This multi-award winning sports car isn’t an update on an old model or an aesthetic refresh of an existing design. The 458 Italia represents a fundamental shift in the way Ferrari builds and designs V8 road cars. And by every single account, it is a phenomenal machine.

It’s a wonderfully aggressive yet elegant vehicle. Incredibly low and wide, the shape is pure Italian sports car. It is every inch the modern Ferrari, and with one of the most authoritative naturally aspirated V8s ever made, it certainly has the power to match the drama of its appearance.

The 4.5-litre engine is a marvel of modern engineering. In a world where many performance cars now feature turbocharged power plants, Ferrari decided to stick to their guns and instead develop the idea of an engine that breathes on its own; meaning, the F1-inspired aerodynamics harness the power of the passing hurricane to throttle forward fast and furiously.

With a red line of 9000rpm, every moment of brutal acceleration is accompanied by the sort of noise that makes you question the existence of gods. This engine growls, howls and then screams as you stretch out every gear. It is guaranteed to result in involuntary reactions such as goose bumps and spine chills.

The cabin manages to mix the heritage of a brand like Ferrari with the space-age technology that is now standard in cars of this calibre. Hand-stitched leather from the finest suppliers lines the interior, while the driver is treated to two LCD screens on either side of the central analogue rev counter. The seats are extraordinarily comfortable, while being supportive enough to hold you in place when you’re pushing through the corners.

Where to hire a Ferrari 458 Italia in Cape Town

At CapeTownmagazine.com, we have found the perfect company to help you with luxury and supercar hire in Cape Town. Status Luxury Vehicles (SLV) has an incredible range of convertibles, limos and supercars, including the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Ferrari F430 Spider, for rent.

Key Tip: As a CapeTownMagazine.com reader you’re entitled to discounted SLV rates. Simply ask about specials when booking. To book, phone +27 (0) 21 510 0108 or email info@slv.co.za.

by Ciro De Siena

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