01/04/2014 09:00 | By Andrew Brady, contributor, MSN Cars

Kickboxer wraps Ferrari 458 in GOLD

Can money buy taste? World champion spends thousands on gold vinyl wrap

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Pictured: Ferrari 458 Spider wrapped in gold

How do you make a statement if you’re a kickboxing world champion who wants his £200,000 Ferrari 458 Spider to stand out from every other supercar in London? Well, how about wrapping it in gold?

This gold Ferrari 458 Spider belongs to kickboxing world champion Riyadh al-Azzawi, who has wrapped his car to match his medal collection. The fighter became the first Arab kickboxing world champion in 2008 after a fight against Tomasz Borowiec.

Azzawi’s wheels were spotted outside a gym in Kensington, London, where he is believed to have been training.

Gold-wrapped Ferrari (© SWNS)

It attracted the attention of casual passers-by as well as supercar spotters. It doesn’t take a genius to work out why. Just look at it…

The gold Ferrari 458 Spider proved controversial on Twitter, with some questioning the taste when many are turning to food banks to survive, and others branding it as “nasty” and “ludicrous”.

One even described it as “the one 458 that should be set on fire”.

It wasn’t hated by everyone, however.

Some users described the gold Ferrari 458 as “beautiful”. Tweeter @PaulMcG92 said: “a gold-wrapped Ferrari 458? I must be dreaming…”.

As standard the Ferrari 458 costs £198,971, but for this you get a 570hp 4.5-litre V8.

This hurls the car from 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 198mph. Fast enough for London, we reckon.

With a combined fuel consumption figure of 23.9mpg, we hope Azzawi has some money left over from its estimated £4,000 wrapping job to buy some fuel.

Not keen on the gold Ferrari 458? We reckon the standard 458 Italia like this one in Dubai looks great. Alternatively, this police 458 would get our attention.

Does money buy taste? Is the gold-wrapped Ferrari 458 hideous or pretty cool? We’re not so sure. What do you think?

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