Is the New Ferrari Cursed?

A series of accidents plague sexy new speedster
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2010 2:27 PM CDT
Former F1 driver Michael Schumacher stands next to the new Ferrari 458 Italia on the first press day of the Frankfurt Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009.]   (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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(Newser) – The new Ferrari 458 handles like a dream, and can zoom from zero to 60 in just over three seconds, but some owners are having buyer’s remorse—because they think the supercar is cursed. Six Ferrari 458s have crashed in the past three months, while another three caught on fire, the Daily Telegraph reports. Yet another was destroyed in a warehouse fire.

“It’s not uncommon for new exotic models to start off with a few crashes,” says one high-end car blogger. “Owners are getting a feel for the new car, some are taking it beyond their skill level, although the 458 does have a higher than normal crash count so far.” As for the fires, Ferrari says it’s investigating. “But we are treating them all as separate incidents,” a spokesman said.

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