Steering wheels aren’t as simple as they used to be. What once was round and maybe had a button for a horn is now a very high-tech, expensive item featuring more than just a horn. Now they have been defiled with buttons for things like Blue-Tooth, cruise control, radio controls, even turn signal buttons and the manettino in the new Ferraris.
What you see above is the steering wheel from a Ferrari 430 Scuderia 16M Spider. The start of the modern Ferrari steering wheel. Inspired by the F1 car steering wheels which are full of every switch necessary to control anything on the car, the manettino, is the dial that controls the various traction control settings. Manettino literally translates to little lever. Journalists these days just can’t seem to help themselves by taking every opportunity they can to call it manettino as well. It seems to add a sense of exclusivity to the car. Automotive dirty talk. Since the F430, the little lever has been standard on every Ferrari model.