Which would you rather have?
For argument’s sake, assume they cost about the same (obviously not true).
(Try to picture this Spider with a hard top, since we’re not able to find a decent picture of a Berlinetta.)
- have obviously never had the pleasure of driving either car,
- would be the first ones to say that objectively, the 458 is probably the better (maybe even far better) driver’s car, and
- realize we may well be in the minority here
we think we’d rather have the 355. We have always loved this car, which might be the last truly lovely Ferrari. It is absolutely stunning to behold, and it just does it for us. We even prefer the 355’s more traditional V8 note to the 458’s high-tech sound. The 458 reminds us of the GT-R, in that it’s a car that is easy to admire, but (for us, anyway) difficult to love. Hell, they’re even starting to take on similar visual features, like the exaggerated, elongated headlights.
We realize that cars like the 458 and GT-R are marvels of modern engineering and likely outclass the 355 in most quantifiable measures. But engineering isn’t everything.