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You don’t buy a Ferrari because it’s cheap, and the Ferrari 458 Italia is no different.

It’s not unreasonable to expect that, after options, it could be nearer (or in excess of) £200,000 than the sticker price.

The 458's four-year warranty gives huge piece of mind

Browsing the array of options is an experience in itself. In addition to the 26 standard exterior colours, Ferrari’s personalisation scheme will let you choose pretty much any colour your heart desires – for a price.

Then there are four types of wheels, five colours for the brake calipers, an almost endless array of leather combinations with an equal number of contrasting stitching options (or carbonfibre) for all parts of the cabin, different seats, carpets (inside the car and the boot) and even four colour options for the rev counter.

The options list also reveals the Ferrari to be pretty poorly equipped; you have to pay extra for sat-nav and iPod connectivity, just two things that should really be standard.

Ferrari's official claimed economy is 20.6mpg, although in reality you’ll be lucky to achieve that. The CO2 rating is predictably high at 307g/km.

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Depreciation is predicted to be excellent – thanks to strong demand and Ferrari's excellent Genuine Maintenance Programme, which covers all scheduled servicing costs for an incredible seven years, massively reducing the Ferrari’s running costs.

There’s also a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty where rivals only offer three years’ cover. Given that the few and varied rivals will offer running costs that are no better, if not significantly worse, the Ferrari 458 is a tempting prospect in every respect.

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