Ferrari 458 Italia China Limited Edition revealed
Ferrari is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first sale in the Chinese market with the introduction of the special edition 458 China. The first ever Ferrari sold in the country was the 348 TS and it was ordered from Beijing which just happens to be location of the official unveiling.
The Ferrari 458 China special edition has been inspired by the ‘Longma’, which is a fabled dragon in Chinese mythology. The thick black stripe seen running down the centre of the car is meant to symbolize a racing track and incorporates an image of the dragon. There is a gold edge to the stripe and other gold accents appear on the car – the wheels and side sills also getting the accent.
There isn’t much information on the interior save one image, but it shows special red weave carbon fibre used for the centre console (and we assume, the rest of the interior) with the leather getting gold stitching, gold badges and a gold and black plaque stating the car’s production number.
The overall looks isn’t exactly subtle, but the Chinese market cries out for individuality so these cars will undoubtedly sell, no matter what ridiculous premium Ferrari puts on them.
There will only be 20 units of the special edition Ferrari 458 Italia available, all of which are reserved for the Chinese market so those that might be interested better get their order in quick.
The 20th anniversary celebrations will additionally be marked by the company with the inauguration of its brand exhibition at the Italia Centre of Shanghai World Expo Park which will be in place for 3 years. Exhibits are said to include some of the brand's best collections divided into to five topics: Ferrari in China, Green Technology, Product, Design and Racing.
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