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'Jinxed' boy toy Ferrari 458?

Owners of the new Ferarri 458, unveiled last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, have been plagued by a series of accidents and unexplained fires, which has led to some people labeling the 170,000 pound supercar as being "jinxed".

autos Updated: Aug 25, 2010 16:26 IST

Owners of the new Ferarri 458, unveiled last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, have been plauged by a series of accidents and unexplained fires, which has led to some people labeling the 170,000 pound supercar as being "jinxed". In the last 3 months alone, 6 of these supercars have been involved in accidents, while 3 have inexplicably caught fire.

There is little to point towards any mechanical flaws with the car itself, though Ferrari has assured consumers of a full review.

A better explanation, comes from motor enthusiasts, some of whom believe that the accidents may be simply caused by the over confidence of new drivers, who may have trouble handling the cars top speed of 202 miles an hour, or its phenomenal accelaration from 0-60 miles per hour in a shade over three seconds.

All this, however, is unlikely to dissuade Ferrari enthusiasts, with Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear, saying that this is one of his favorite cars of all time, and Eric Clapton joining the list of owners. It could explain why despite being "jinxed" - the Ferrari 458 has a 3-year waiting period with dealers.