My favorite car of all time, with a lot of close seconds, is the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO. Too many reasons to list. I may have found a car I like better -- the 458. In the years since the GTO, we've had pretentious monstrosities like F50s and Enzos and anemic machines like the 360 and 430. What good are track numbers if a car lacks soul?
Similar to the Ferrari, the Chevy Corvette has similar problems. The power of the ZR1 is fun, no doubt, but the ZR1 lacks something that is found in abundance with the Z06 -- soul.
The Ferrari 458 doesn't seem to be part of the linear progression of the recent past. It seems to be the direct successor to the 288, and that must have been the plan from the outset. Even the nomenclature is consistent -- 288 is 2.8 liters, 8 cylinders. The 458 is 4.5 liters, 8 cylinders. It takes the right video to bring out the merits of a good car, and I think I finally found the essential 458 video.
And the GTO: