The already sumptuous interior has been retrimmed in high-end leather and Alcantara.
Polish tuning company Carlex Design has turned its attention to the Ferrari 458 Italia, the since-discontinued, mid-engined supercar. Instead of fettling with the delightful naturally aspirated V8 (or ruining the gorgeous styling with a tacky body kit), Carlex has worked its magic on the snug cabin, transforming the already tasteful interior into a leather-lined palace for two.
Yellow and black don't make for the greatest color combination, but it somehow works here. The firm says the contrast looks like "a beautiful sunset," and while we don't see it, there's no denying it looks good. The sculpted bucket seats feature yellow seating surfaces with a fading perforation design.
The warm, sunny hue extends to the lower parts of the fascia, the door cards, and the steering wheel. The black leather and the Alcantara inserts on the dash, and seats receive yellow stitching that adds a pop of color.
This one-of-a-kind interior retains the Ferrari badging on the steering wheel, but an embroidered Carlex logo appears on the headrests. Carlex only uses the very best materials. As such, the plush leather trim is not only sumptuous but durable too.
Carlex claims the leather provides longevity to the cabin and increased grip for the driver and passenger. It's certainly a unique design, and the tuner says the bespoke conversion costs €38,675 (approx. $42,500), which is a lot of money - it costs more than a BMW X1. The job takes one month to complete.
You can't put a price on custom luxury, though. The dashboard, center console, armrest, steering wheel, door cards, sun visors, roof pillars, and headliner are all reupholstered in high-quality leather and Alcantara.
As mentioned, the exterior has been left alone, but the design company has kitted the 458 Italia out with original Carlex Design wheels. The five-spoke rims have been painted black, while the brake calipers have been finished in yellow to complement the new interior color scheme.
While it looks great - and should feel even better - we can't imagine why someone would want to mess with a 458 Italia's originality. The original cabin was already a wonderful place to be, with fine Italian leather crafted by Italian experts. At least the end result isn't over the top, which we see all too often with tuned high-end cars.
The 458 Italia was succeeded in 2015 by the 488, which was, in turn, replaced by the F8 Tributo. Ferrari recently ceased coupe production, with the sole 2023 model delivered to America. Interestingly, the Prancing Horse still builds the F8 Spider.