By all accounts, the 458 might be one of the best cars Ferrari has ever made.
Not Gallardo, but interesting point. On a recent drive, we had a guy come with an awesome 458. He switched to it from a Lambo Murci SV (the 'gold standard' right?).
He was joined by one of our forumites - koop - who owns and Elise but also a Murci. He's selling the Murci and ordered a 458.
So, two guys - both like to drive at the limits - and both switching out from Murcis to 458s. They said that Murcis are a chore to drive.
So, I'd say 458 - still have to see the Spyder in the flesh.
I will say however that the Gallard Superformante in white is a simply GORGEOUS car.
-'05 SY Elise (RIP)
-'08 Elise SC (Chrome Orange) - Sold 10/31/2014
-'14 Audi S4 Quattro (Daily Driver)
- -05 SY Elise - my third!