What Would You Do With This Engine From A Ferrari 458 Italia?

Ferrari’s not in the crate-engine business. Sure, it makes engines for Maserati and Alfa Romeo. But you can’t just order up a new engine from the factory to do with as you please. Not as you from, say, Ford or Chevy. That’s what makes this such an intriguing prospect.

Coming up for auction in Monaco next month is the engine from a 458 Italia – or for a 458 Italia, we should say. Because this one was never put into a vehicle. It was just put on a stand for display. But according to RM Sotheby’s, it has all the moving parts inside. So theoretically, at least, you could take it off the stand and put it in… well, whatever you’d like.

Aficionados of the Prancing Horse marque will know that the 458’s is no ordinary engine, either. It’s the last in a long line of naturally aspirated V8s that preceded the advent of the current 488 GTB – which, as we know, went turbo. The 458’s, then, is the last of its kind. Atmospheric and revving (shrieking, really) unencumbered all the way to its stratospheric 9,000-rpm redline.

Displacing 4.5 liters, it features direct fuel injection, four-valve cylinder heads (32 in all), variable valve timing, and dual overhead cams. It’s capable of producing 562 horsepower (570 ps/419 kW) and 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) of torque. That’s a goodly amount, however you look at it. And you could simply look at it as is, mounted on the pedestal it rightly deserves. Or you could put it in a vehicle of your choosing, assuming that vehicle could handle an engine of such immense capabilities.

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  • Roland Fairwater

    Anybody think that would be good in Giulia Quattrofloppio?

    • Eagle By Singer



  • Bash

    Does it fit in my Charger SRT?

  • Matthew Daraei

    I would keep it in my glass shelf!

  • Build/adapt a crazy single seater around it, throw it on a circuit, embrace death.

    • Shahul Usman

      best reply ever

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Stuff it into an 86?

  • Christian

    Try to put in my Prius and convert to an hybrid…

  • fabri99

    Track-day car!

  • ace_9

    Obviously, I would try to put it into my civic.

  • Status

    I’m sure Ferrari’s lawyers would spring from the bushes and demand that you sign a poorly worded agreement that says you must never put the engine in anything or ever start it.

  • Coffee table please

  • Gil Gaspar

    Back up engine for a roling Ferrari 458 Italia.

  • Belthronding

    Next step: Find a Ferrari without engine.

  • Shahul Usman

    try and shoehorn into a Cayman GT4 .. mid engine MANUAL..ahh.. if only that were feasible


    Shove it into an Alfa Giulia and make it work.

  • Endera A

    Customize the intake and put it in a mx5

  • aaronbbrown

    Put it in a Honda CRX

  • ChrisInIL
  • Ed

    Fabulous base for a glass coffee table.

  • smartacus

    has anyone stuffed one in a ’74 Super Beetle or E30 325is convertible yet?

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