[VIDEO] The Only Thing Faster Than Felix Hernandez’s Fastball Is His Ferrari 458
With the start of the Major League Baseball season just around the corner, Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez decided he needed a new vehicle to drive back and forth to the ballpark, but he didn’t pick any ordinary automobile.
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The mid-engine 458 coupe comes equipped with a naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which combine to produce 562 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. Ferrari estimates the 458 coupe can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in only three seconds and can reach a top speed of 202 mph.
As for the vehicle’s exterior, the Ferrari 458 comes standard with 20-inch alloy wheels, xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps, and a flap at the front of the car that pushes air underneath the vehicle in order to produce more rear downforce at top speeds. The Ferrari 458 even features an aluminum lid that can go down or up in only 14 seconds. Also worth mentioning is that Hernandez’s Ferrari features a F1-inspired suspension to improve ride quality.
Unfortunately, there is one downside to the vehicle though, as it only yields as EPA-estimated fuel economy of 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway, but when you have a $175 million contract to play baseball, gas money isn’t an issue.
Listen to the sound of the Ferrari’s engine in the video below that Hernandez posted to Instagram.
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