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Seats......Ready to order 458 Italia

Hi Guys/Gals...

Any opinions on the different seat styles ie Standard, Daytona (which I have in my 430) and the Race seat.

Which is more comfortable?, more support? worth the difference in price?

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The Standard and Daytona seats feel exactly the same. Only the center insert is different between them.

I bought Daytona's on my F430 and my 458 coupe. Both felt the same to me. On my 458 spider, I bought Racing seats (large) and I find it remarkably comfortable. I've heard others say the same.

To be honest, I like Racing better and it saves about 50 lbs over the electric Daytona's. The downside is they are not electric (which is fine with me). I also find they are easier to get in and out of, which you would never guess. I think it's the shape of the side supports or that the seat is thinner and goes back farther. I don't hit the inside pouch of the door panel with my foot as much when getting out of Racing seats.

The big downside to the Racing seats is the cost. But, if you buy the full electric Daytona's the difference is really only a few grand. On a car of this price, it's not really significant.

My suggestion is see if you can sit in the racing seats and see if you like them. It doesn't need to be a 458. The exact same seats are in the 430 Scud.

To me the standard seats look quite good. The Daytona's look better but they are pricey. The racing seats look the best but are the most expensive. The best value is probably standard as it's included in the price. If you like the Daytona look, that will cost you about $3500 for the privilege.

Comfort is a matter of personal opinion.

If you get Racing seats, you should look at the Racing Package. It's the only bargain that will save you a few grand of CF driving zone, CF center console, and CF dash. You have to buy the Racing seats to qualify for this package. But, if you like CF, then this is the best way to go.

If you really want to go crazy, you can special order the Daytona insert for the racing seats. Now, you're spending some serious cash for a place to rest your butt.

Here's the racing seats in my spider. Good luck in your selection. They all feel great.
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Hi Mayor-

Thank you very much for your input, it truly helps me in my decision. I was not planning on electric if I ordered with Standard or Daytona as i'm 6'3 and the seats would always be in the full rear position as they are now in my 430. It's good to know about the ease of entry and exit due to my height and with my wife's temporary limited mobility (new knees). I'm not a big CF fan, but this car needs it, as the dash does look cheap in it's native silver paint. Decisions, decisions! Last question, did you go with the nose lift option?

Thank you again for your response!

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Hi Mayor-

Thank you very much for your input, it truly helps me in my decision. I was not planning on electric if I ordered with Standard or Daytona as i'm 6'3 and the seats would always be in the full rear position as they are now in my 430. It's good to know about the ease of entry and exit due to my height and with my wife's temporary limited mobility (new knees). I'm not a big CF fan, but this car needs it, as the dash does look cheap in it's native silver paint. Decisions, decisions! Last question, did you go with the nose lift option?

Thank you again for your response!

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Thanks Champagne! I think my mind is set then, Racing Seat is the way to go since my height and it is mostly in my torso...

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I did not get the nose lift option in either car. If you are worried about speed bumps, don't. This car will easily go over speed bumps.

If you have an unusual parking situation (like a curb you have to get over or a steep angle into your driveway), then you can use the lift. For normal driving, it's not necessary.

If you get the lift, you must also buy the AFS system, which I also did not feel was necessary.

I have found the 458 to be much less susceptible to scraping the nose than the F430. I believe it's because the front wheels are closer to the front of the car and the nose overhangs less because it is more square to the car. The center front of the car seems to stick out less.

BTW: I cannot see ordering a 458 without the CF driving zone with LED's. The tach is useless. This car revs so fast you don't have time to see it. The LED's on the wheel tell you everything you want to know.
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BTW: I cannot see ordering a 458 without the CF driving zone with LED's. The tach is useless. This car revs so fast you don't have time to see it. The LED's on the wheel tell you everything you want to know.

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Racing Seats Period. Also, huge benefit from resale value, as well as the looks, and the weight factor.

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Thanks all!
Feel free to share the rest of your spec.

The Mayor's 458 has some things I have never seen - the rear shelf being black vs interior color and the CF on the pillar looks stunning.

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Feel free to share the rest of your spec.

The Mayor's 458 has some things I have never seen - the rear shelf being black vs interior color and the CF on the pillar looks stunning.
From my point of opinion on a Red Ferrari, The Mayor specced his to perfection

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Ok Guys, I'll post my FINAL specs tomorrow......It may be a little plain Jane
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One thing if you are over 6 foot - there is just no way to get into and out of a 458 with any grace. It is the only thing that irritates me about this wonderful car. It is truly difficult to get out of, as the seat is pretty close to the A-pillar, and there is only a narrow slot between door and roof. If you have a narrow parking space so the door can only open to its first stop, then the opening to put your left foot (LHD vehicle) through is almost at the seat back! Imagine the amount of turning you have to do, just to get 1 foot out the car. And I'm still young enough to be supple. If you're an old fogey, good luck!


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One thing if you are over 6 foot - there is just no way to get into and out of a 458 with any grace. It is the only thing that irritates me about this wonderful car. It is truly difficult to get out of, as the seat is pretty close to the A-pillar, and there is only a narrow slot between door and roof. If you have a narrow parking space so the door can only open to its first stop, then the opening to put your left foot (LHD vehicle) through is almost at the seat back! Imagine the amount of turning you have to do, just to get 1 foot out the car. And I'm still young enough to be supple. If you're an old fogey, good luck!


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The matching, or just contrasting, stripe on those racing seats looks very nice. Another FLifer from the UK has orange stripes to match his Rosso Dino 458.

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All kidding aside, ty for your input!
Sorry, just venting! LOL!

In the US you usually have less of a problem as you can open your door further, Europe has ridiculous lack of space.

My 458 has lived up to all the dreams I could have had, so I'm sure yours will be wonderful too. Enjoy the new baby when it arrives!!

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I just drove a 458 (Spider) for the first time last week. It felt like it was custom fit to my size, butI'm 5'6".
It had standard seats that hugged me just like Celeste does!

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I just drove a 458 (Spider) for the first time last week. It felt like it was custom fit to my size, butI'm 5'6".
It had standard seats that hugged me just like Celeste does!
Once you're in, I find the 458 extremely comfortable. I did two 600 mile drives last weekend, and came out fresh as a daisy both times. These race seats are awesome!


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Ok....here are the specs...

Giallo Modena Coupe
Racing Seats(Black)
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Ferrari Shields
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20" Forged Sport Wheels with Diamond Finish
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Leather Headliner
Electrochromatic Rearview Mirror & Home Link
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Great spec. If it were me, I'd get the back up sensors. One bump in that bumper will cost you a whole lot more than the sensors.

I like the look of the diamond wheels but keep in mind if you chip the edge or scratch one, you have to have it machined out. You can't just fill and paint them as you can painted wheels.
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