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Burna Boy rocks stylish Ferrari 458 Italia


To say Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, has had an amazing 2019 is to say the obvious.



The 28-year-old singer and songwriter produced his fourth studio album ‘African Giant’ that hit the airwaves, has had sold-out concerts and named the Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards.



Furthermore, Burna Boy was announced as Apple Music’s “Up Next” artist and to crown it all, he was nominated for the Grammy Awards, which will hold in Los Angeles in the United States in January 2020. The Afro-fusion singer was nominated for the Best World Music Album category.



Just like many artists have a love for supercars, Burna Boy is not an exception. During the week, some photos and a video of him popped up on social media, showing he had acquired a grey Ferrari 458 Italia with a red interior.



The Afro-fusion singer was seen entering the car half-clad while a hype man was heard saying, “Kill them all, bro.” The car’s comparison on review sites showed it was the 2013 model.



Cost and overview

Depending on specifications, the 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia reportedly costs between $233,509 (N84m) and $257,412 (N93m).



The car is everything an Italian supercar should be: fierce, balanced, stylish, and, at times, temperamental.



The 458 Italia made its debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany and has been on sale since. Only minimal updates have been made to the car since, primarily for safety and reliability issues.



The 458 Italia is about stunning looks to match its supercar performance. A low stance, clean, graceful curves and undeniably Ferrari mid-engine proportions combine to give the 458 Italia a modern interpretation of Ferrari’s sporting essence.



Features and performance

Inside, the 458 Italia is luxurious and modern, though not particularly striking in terms of design. It’s probably the race-style seats that will turn some heads as Ferrari did not design any special interior different from previous editions. Instead, the automaker chose to design a simple but handsome familiar interior.



It’s just behind that interior that the heart of the 2013 458 Italia lives, in the form of the 4.5-litre V-8 engine.



Rated at a stout 562 horsepower at the 9,000 rpm redline and 400 pound-feet of torque, 80 per cent of which is available from 3,250 rpm, the 458 Italia’s V-8 is, in a word, magnificent.



It’s not the most powerful in the supercar world, but it’s one of the most sonorous, and located right behind the passengers with only a thin divider between, it transforms from mellow and quiet to raucous and race-inspired with just a short sweep of the throttle pedal.



As the sound awakens, so does the speed, vaulting the 458 Italia forth in frenetic style, hitting 60 mph in under 3.4 seconds and carrying on to a top speed of 202 mph.



The standard 458 Italia uses the same Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox inspired by Ferrari’s F1 race cars. Gas mileage barely tips the 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway mark.



Handling

Handling is, as you’d expect of a mid-engine Ferrari, remarkable. Balance, grip, and stability are all at such a high level that they can only be partially accessed on the street.



Steering feel is almost otherworldly, communicating through the driver’s hands with exquisite detail the surface of the road and the behaviour of the tires, while requiring relatively light inputs.



The synergy of the engine, gearbox, suspension, chassis and the overall setup of the 458 Italia makes it one of the most engaging, rewarding and simply fun-to-drive cars on the planet.



Safety

Safety is generally expected to be good, but Ferraris aren’t often crash-tested by the major rating bodies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.



One concern for early Ferrari 458 Italia owners was the risk of fire due to an adhesive used near the engine bay. But after a number of customer cars caught fire, the company remedied the problem with an alternate fastener.



Another recall for mechanical reliability in the engine has also resulted in a limited recall and modification to affected cars.



Likes

Gorgeous styling
Exhilarating performance
Razor-sharp handling
Surprisingly comfortable in traffic



Dislikes

Less than exemplary gas mileage
Limited space for gear in the cabin or elsewhere
Reliability and safety issues.
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