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1962 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale

Unique Bertone-designed Ferrari could fetch $16 million

1962 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale

Too many classic cars that fall under the auctioneer’s hammer are described as historic and as being masterpieces in the accompanying catalogue. But in the case of this unique Ferrari there could no truer terms.

The car, a 1962 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale, sports a shark-nose body built by legendary designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro under the guidance of his boss, Giuseppe “Nuccio” Bertone.

Nuccio Bertone never saw himself as a designer, but as the head of Carrozzeria Bertone — the design studio he managed until his death in 1997, he proved himself perhaps the world’s greatest design talent scout.

He unearthed and polished to perfection the abilities of Giorgetto Giugiaro and Marcello Gandini and under his wing, they developed some of the most beautiful, challenging and influential cars of the 20th century including the Lamborghini Miura and its follow-up the Countach, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint and the Lancia Stratos.

But despite the company’s success, Bertone was frustrated that the company was yet to design a Ferrari. In 1962 he took matters into his own hands, buying a 250GT SWB chassis from Ferrari and, with Giugiaro’s help, created the car that will go under the hammer at Gooding & Co’s Pebble Beach auction on August 15 and 16.

As well as the shark nose, the car’s exterior seamlessly integrated a number of racing-inspired design cues while inside, the cabin’s comfort and luxury were taken to another level. The seats were trimmed in leather, the steering wheel redesigned and the windows electrically operated.

Bertone kept the car as his personal run-around before selling it on a year later. And while it’s changed hands several times since, it has never before come up for auction.

What makes the auctioneers certain that this car is on the verge of fetching $16 million is the Giugiaro as much as the Bertone factor.

This was only the third car Giugiaro had ever had a hand in styling but he would go on to build up one of the most impressive portfolios of anyone in the automotive design world, full of everything from Alfas and Lamborghinis to the Lotus Esprit and the Volkswagen Golf, but only this one Ferrari.

As for Bertone, when the company finally got the chance to design for Ferrari, the Dino 208 GT4 was poorly received upon its debut in 1973 and Ferrari returned to Pininfarina for its replacement in 1980. A situation that Nuccio Bertone considered one of his greatest regrets in life.

Ferrari prancing horse yellow on red logo

Ferrari recalls 2,600 cars globally over airbags risk

Ferrari prancing horse yellow on red logo

Italy sports car giant  has recalled 2,600 cars globally because of a default in airbags supplied by Japanese company Takata.

“The issue is a possible production defect in a component inside the airbags, which were fitted to around 2,600 cars,” a Ferrari spokesman said.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that more than 800 of the cars were being recalled in North America.

The vehicles may be equipped with a driver-side airbag “that was improperly assembled” causing the airbag to deploy in a rotated orientation, the company reported earlier, saying there was a greater risk of injury.

“This issue is not related to the other recall made by other manufactures for Takata airbags,” the spokesman for the high-end Italian automaker said.

Ferrari’s problem with assembling the airbags comes amid a roiling scandal over defective Takata airbags, which have been linked to eight deaths and more than 100 injuries around the world.

Ten global automakers, including General Motors, Honda and Germany’s BMW, are recalling 34 million cars in the United States alone to replace the inflators — the biggest recall in US history.

1986 Ferrari Testarossa

‘Miami Vice’ Ferrari up for auction

1986 Ferrari Testarossa

The white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa used extensively in the classic 80s cop show will be going under the hammer at the Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey this August.

The star of Miami Vice wasn’t Don Johnson, or Philip Michael Thomas, it was the bright white Ferrari Testarossa that the undercover cops raced through the streets on the trail of drug dealers and other miscreants.

Famously the car was black when it arrived on set but director and executive producer Michael Man decided to have it repainted white so that it could be seen clearly during night-time scenes – unwittingly sparking a trend for white supercars the process.

The Testarossa has been sitting in storage since the show finished in 1989 and was only unpacked earlier this year for a full engine-out service.

It has 16124 miles on the clock and has been authenticated by Ferrari Classiche, and while Mecum is yet to place an estimate on the car, a standard, immaculate Testarossa can easily fetch over $150000 at auction.

But for a car as iconic as this the figure could be 10 times higher.

Ferrari California T Tailor Made

A one-of-a-kind Ferrari California T at Goodwood

Ferrari California T Tailor Made

Ferrari has unveiled its special ‘Tailor Made’ California T it will bring to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This highly-personalized right-hand drive Ferrari California T sports a Bianco Italia three-layer exterior paint job with a double-asymmetric stripe in Blu Hellen, along with 20-inch forged wheels painted in Blu Hellen and Argento Nurburgring, all inspired “by the passion and colors of polo and horse racing,” in tribute to Ferrari’s famous prancing horse.

The Ferrari California T Tailor Made will be on display alongside a comprehensive display of Tailor Made materials, inside Ferrari’s VIP hospitality enclosure reserved exclusively for their clients in order to highlight the brand’s customization prowess and ability to cater to its clientele’s every demand.

Presented in Geneva in 2014, the California T is Ferrari’s return to forced induction, its first turbocharged supercar since the F40.

Powered by a 552-hp, 3.9-liter V-8 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, the California T can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from standstill in just 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 196mph (316 km/h).

This Ferrari also possesses the latest traction control system to come out of its F1 program, which gives the car optimal acceleration coming out of corners. Its carbon-ceramic brakes, coupled with ABS and ESP technology guarantee quick braking, and its retractable roof takes just 14 seconds to turn this well-insulated hardtop coupe into a convertible.

Ferrari has created an online configurator for its new California T that allows prospective buyers to customize their car down to the last detail.

The Festival of Speed is taking place place in Goodwood, England, June 25-28. For more information, go to goodwood.co.uk.

1991 Ferrari F40

Ferrari F40 breaks records at the Artcurial auction

1991 Ferrari F40

The 8th edition of the “Automobiles sur les Champs” auction by the Artcurial auction house brought in a total of 11.2 millions euros after 80% of the lots were sold.

At the auction, Artcurial broke six world records with a Porsche 911 ST 2.3L Rallye Coupé (sold for €908,900), a Bugatti Type 13 Brescia (€905,900), an Alpine A210 Berlinette Le Mans (€478,000), a Maserati Khamsin (€274,200), a Ferrari 308 GTB (€202,600) and a Fiat Dino 2400 Spider (€188,300).

As for the biggest sale of the night, all eyes were on a 1991 Ferrari F40 that was valued between 900,000 and 1.1 million euros and ultimately sold for €1,013,000.

1973 Ferrari Dino 246Gts

Ferrari Dino to return?

1973 Ferrari Dino 246Gts

The iconic Dino series from  is set to make a comeback, according to the automaker’s recently appointed chairman.

The original Dino 206 GT and its successors, the 246 GT coupe and GTS targa are among the most cherished and collectible of Ferrari classics.

The original Dino debuted in 1968 and was a revolutionary Ferrari in a number of ways. Firstly, it was ‘affordable’ in supercar terms at least. It was mid-engine and as a result its handling surgical, and that engine was a 2-liter V6, not a V12. It was the first Ferrari built for the road, not the track, looked beautiful thanks to Pininfarina’s flowing curves. And lastly, it was called ‘Dino’ in honor of Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari.

Ferrari Dino

There is not a single ‘Ferrari’ badge or reference anywhere on the car. The name ‘Dino’ was chosen because during his short life, (Dino died, aged 24 in 1956 form muscular dystrophy) he had pestered his father about developing a V6.

Ferrari’s new chairman, Sergio Marchionne, has stressed that the new Dino isn’t simply a stroll down an automotive memory line, nor is it a cynical attempt to increase sales volumes without diluting the core Ferrari brand.

The car will have a mid-mounted V6, like the original, however it will get two turbochargers and be capable of outputting more than 500bhp.

first brick at FerrariLand

Sebastian Vettel lays the first brick at FerrariLand

first brick at FerrariLand

Ahead of the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, a symbolic first brick from the home of Enzo Ferrari was laid at the site of FerrariLand, a new theme park to be built within the PortAventura resort complex south of Barcelona.

The ceremony took place in the presence of Artur Mas (president of the Catalonia regional government), Arturo Mas-Sardà (CEO of PortAventura), Maurizio Arrivabene (director of Scuderia Ferrari), and Sebastian Vettel.

Located near the main entrance of PortAventura, FerrariLand will include reproductions of the traditional houses in the village of Maranello, Italy, along with other elements linked to the famous car maker’s history.

The theme park will also be home to Europe’s highest vertical drop roller coaster (112 meters/367 feet), with acceleration from 0 to 180km/h in five seconds, equivalent to 1.35G. Visitors will also have the option of staying at the world’s first Ferrari Hotel.

ferrari amusement park spain

A celebration of speed and of Italian automotive tradition, the park will cover a total area of 75,000 square meters (807,300 square feet). Construction costs are estimated at around €100 million ($113 million).

The attraction will not be the world’s first Ferrari theme park, however. Opened in 2010, Ferrari World is located in Abu Dhabi, within the race track that hosts the emirate’s annual F1 Grand Prix.

The park includes around 20 attractions, including an enormous roller coaster and a go-kart track.

The PortAventura resort complex, which already includes an amusement park, a water park and several golf courses, has been visited by over 60 million visitors in its 20 years of existence.

Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari 488 GTB revealed

Ferrari 488 GTB

 has announced its latest supercar, the Ferrari 488 GTB which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Less of a completely new model and more of an evolution, the latest mid-engined V8 supercar from Ferrari is the first to get a turbocharger.

To be precise, it’s a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 and when both turbos are scrolling up the result is 660bhp, a substantial improvement over the normally aspirated V8 that powered the 458 Italia, this car’s predecessor.

Ferrari 488GTB

But as well as more power, it’s also faster — faster than its current closest competitor, the McLaren 650S. Ferrari is claiming a 0-100kph time of just 3 seconds and a top speed of 208mph (334kph).

Thanks to a smaller cubic capacity and horsepower generated by turbos, the 488GTB is more economical than the car it will be replacing.

But emissions is the only area in which Ferrari is holding back. The 488GTB has a revised double clutch, seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox and updates to the intelligent traction control and differential system and to the stability control, meaning that drivers will be able to use more of the car’s ferocious power more of the time without leaving the track in a tight bend.

Ferrari 488 GTB interior

The exterior that wraps around all of this engineering excellence is once again designed by Pininfarina and picks up where the 458 Italia left off.

The new car retains the same proportions and stance but appears more balanced. The biggest visual differences between the old and new car are the front nose air inlets and the side venting over the rear wheel arches that improve cooling and down force — the inlets are actually integrated spoilers. Inside, the cabin has had another upgrade too.

Ferrari 488 GTB photo

Ferrari is persisting with the multifunction steering wheel which is great on the track but confusing on normal roads but the infotainment system is new as are the lever switches and even the air vents.

The car will make its official debut in Geneva in March, and expect it to be joined in the not to distant future by a convertible version.

ferrari sergio

Ferrari Sergio officially revealed

ferrari sergio

To mark the 60th anniversary of its partnership with Pininfarina, Ferrari is building six bespoke supercars based on the Sergio concept car.

When Pininfarina took the wraps off its incredibly bold, incredibly stripped back Sergio concept at the Geneva motor show in 2013 the reaction was such that it looked that it would only be a matter of time until Ferrari bent to its biggest fans’ wishes and put the roadster into limited production.

Pininfarina Sergio Concept

The concept car was created to celebrate the 60th year of its partnership with Ferrari and to remember the achievements of Sergio Pininfarina.

Sergio led the design studio from 1966 to 2001 following the death of its father, and remained on the board until his own passing in 2012.

ferrari sergio side

Sergio’s flair for exterior aesthetics was only matched by his deep-rooted understanding of engineering. It was his badgering of Enzo Ferrari that led to Ferrari adopting a mid-engine layout and is why the two companies are now synonymous with each other; every Ferrari that rolls out of the Modena plant carries both the Prancing Horse and Pininfarina badges.

The production version of the Sergio is close to the concept model in terms of appearance and proportions. It is a permanent open-top roadster however, unlike the concept model, Ferrari has opted for a windshield.

ferrari sergio interior

This nod to comfort has not in any way diluted its track focus. Every angle, curve and duct of its exterior is about channeling or maximizing performance, but without offending the eye. And inside it’s a similar story, the cockpit is focused on simplicity as to not distract the driver.

And concentration will be needed in massive quantities. Under the hood is Ferrari’s now legendary 605hp normally aspirated 5-liter V8. The same engine that catapults the 458 Italia from a standstill to 100km/h in 3 seconds and which promises even more dynamism in this body shell.

ferrari sergio back

The first Ferrari Sergio is destined for the SBH Royal Auto Gallery in the UAE, at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, and the remaining five examples are currently being hand-built based on their clients’ individual tastes.

ferrari fxxk

Ferrari unveils the FXXK

ferrari fxxk

Ferrari has just taken the wraps off the race spec version of the LaFerrari hypercar, called the FXXK.

Scheduled to make its first real-world appearance at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi next weekend,  describes the car as “completely uncompromising” and promises that those lucky few that get to own one will get an “unprecedented driving experience.”

ferrari fxxk photo

The FXXK is 194mm longer and 59mm wider than the standard LaFerrari hypercar on which it’s based. It also delivers 1021bhp from its combination of a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 and electric motor working in unison.

The Formula One-inspired KERS energy recovery system has also had some serious tweaks so that the driver has more control over how that energy boost is used.

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ferrari fxxk interior

The ‘Qualify’ setting delivers maximum performance within a limited number of laps; while ‘Manual Boost’ will give the car an extra edge on demand, upping the torque levels to maximum at the turn of a dial.

The energy can also be returned to the car’s battery via the Fast Charge mode, or leaving the KES system in ‘Long Run’ mode will return energy, boost and acceleration consistently.

ferrari fxxk back

The FXXK will have a faster 0-100km/h time than the LaFerrari’s (under 3 seconds) and should also go past the standard car’s 217mph (350km/h) top speed, too.

If you want to buy a FXXK, you’ll need to be chosen for Ferrari’s driver development program so you’ll have to already have the standard LaFerrari in your garage in order to qualify for consideration.

Fully camouflaged Ferrari LaFerrari XX

Get ready for the LaFerrari XX

Fully camouflaged Ferrari LaFerrari XX

UPDATE: Ferrari has just taken the wraps off the race spec version of the LaFerrari hypercar, called the FXXK.

Spotted running test laps at the Adria Raceway in Italy, a new modified version of the LaFerrari hybrid supercar packs over 1,000hp!

Dubbed the LaFerrari XX, this exceptionally high-performance model differs from the original LaFerrari through new aerodynamic features, including two small rear fins for better handling.

The interior is stripped of any unnecessary frills and equipped with a roll bar, in addition to a steering wheel with built-in controls.

This enhanced supercar is said to have up to 1,050hp, although no specific details have surfaced on the nature of the powertrain.

The LaFerrari XX will be officially unveiled at the 2014 Finali Mondiali, which is to take place in Abu Dhabi from December 3 to 6.

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LaFerrari

Introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the LaFerrari combines an electric motor with an 800hp V12 fuel engine for a total output of 963hp.

The model can reach a top speed of 350km/h, accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in less than three seconds and go from 0 to 300km/h in less than 15 seconds. To achieve this exceptional performance, the LaFerrari emits an average 330g/km, significantly less than the Enzo’s 545g/km.

The LaFerrari XX would be a direct competitor to the McLaren P1 GTR, which is also currently testing and due for launch in 2015.

A concept version of the British supercar was premiered last August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the US. Like the LaFerrari XX, this enhanced version of the P1 is expected to rev up with over 1,000hp.

The Ferrari F60America

Ferrari reveals celebratory F60America

The Ferrari F60America

Ferrari has announced the launch of a new version of the F60, the Ferrari F60 America, which is launching to celebrate 60 years in North America.

Only 10 will ever be built and have been designed specifically for American  enthusiasts. That means that the car has a throbbing V12 engine up front and a drop top.

The car will be officially unveiled to its adoring public at a special event in Beverly Hills on Saturday where the company is also expected to announce that every example is already pre-sold.

The car references design elements from classic Ferraris of the 1950s and 60s and in particular the NART Spider, a car that only came about because a certain US importer, Luigi Chinetti took Enzo Ferrari to one side and told him to build a drop top GT for his American clients.

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The Ferrari F60America interior

The 731bhp V12 that powers the F60America is the same as that found in the current F12 Berlinetta coupé and is capable of launching the car from a standstill to 100km/h in 3.1 seconds.

And while the new car uses the same platform as the Berlinetta, Ferrari’s design team have made a host of significant changes to ensure that the F60America truly is a car in its own right.

The nose, wings, grille and interior have all been redesigned. The cabin also features embroidered American flags and a two-sided finish. The driver’s side is dressed in red leather and the passenger’s side in black, a reference to how Ferrari competition cars used to be finished.

The Ferrari F60America back

The car’s fabric roof will do a good job of keeping the rain out but because it’s designed to be lightweight and because the car is heading to a country with a wonderful climate, it is only able to cope with wind speeds of 75mph. So good enough for highway driving but you’ll need to put the roof down when heading to the track.

ferrari 458 speciale a front

Ferrari reveals 458 Speciale A

ferrari 458 speciale a front

The convertible version of Ferrari’s hardcore 458 Speciale has been revealed, and it’s called the 458 Speciale A (A as in Aperta).

The car will be the most powerful road-going Spider in its illustrious history and will be getting the same engine as the hardtop Speciale.

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ferrari 458 speciale a photo

So that means a naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 with 597bhp spinning the rear wheels via a seven-speed twin-clutch semi-automatic gearbox.

That means a 0-100km/h time of 3 seconds, a 0-200km/h time of 9.5 seconds and a top speed that will be north of 200mph (321km/h). And all without a turbo or supercharger helping out.

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ferrari 458 speciale a

Its folding metal roof can be dropped almost as quickly (14 sec) and is unique to this model. The standard 458 Italia Spider has a fabric soft top.

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ferrari 458 speciale a side

However one thing the standard convertible boasts that this doesn’t is an exposed engine bay. This car’s rear has been redesigned to accommodate the folding aluminum mechanism but it still looks just as dramatic.

ferrari 458 speciale a interior

Inside the cabin will get exclusive carbon fiber trim and other details to mark it out from other 458 cars, and there will also be a prominently placed plaque that lists the number of awards that the 458’s engine has scooped during its lifetime.

ferrari 458 speciale a back

Just 499 examples of the limited-edition Ferrari will be produced.

The Speciale A will be in France to kick off the Paris Motor Show, which commences October 4th.

ferrari 458 speciale a back photo

 

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta supercar

Ferrari planning $3.2 million US-only supercar

Ferrari F12 berlinetta

A new car, specifically designed for the brand’s North American clients will be unveiled when the supercar company officially celebrates its 60th year of business in the USA.

The US is ‘s biggest single market and to say thank you, the company will be building a limited edition model.

Only 10 examples are scheduled to go into production and there’s a good chance that ownership will be by invitation or qualification only.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta photo

When Ferrari launched the Enzo hypercar in 2006, potential customers couldn’t put their names down for one unless they had also previously owned a Ferrari F40 and F50.

According to reports the model will be based on the company’s otherwise flagship car, the F12, which sits in the market as the most powerful ‘mainstream’ vehicle the company makes aside from LaFerrari.

2013 LaFerrari

The car will make its official debut in October as part of “Race through the Decades – 19545-2014,” a special event Ferrari North America is hosting on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California which will include a display of 60 of the most important Ferraris in history.

Ferrari FF

The Ferrari FF is the first car with Apple CarPlay!

Ferrari FF World Premiere

 has won the race to bring Apple’s new iPhone-supporting infotainment system to consumers as the first deliveries of the FF begin.

Apple’s CarPlay system, designed to make smartphone use safe, intuitive and distraction-free while behind the wheel, will eventually be coming to the dashboards of Hondas, Volvos, Mercedes and Jaguars among others, but, for now at least, Ferrari drivers will have one more reason to feel superior.

CarPlay was officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March where Volvo, Mercedes and Ferrari all demonstrated working versions of the system in their soon-to-be-released cars.

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As well as enabling hands-free calling, messaging and web searches, CarPlay gives users access to their iPhone’s music library, to turn-by-turn navigation via Apple maps and to a small number of third party apps that have met Apple’s strict in-car safety criteria.

Following the official unveiling, a host of other manufacturers, including Hyundai, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Citroen, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda and Toyota, plus aftermarkets system makers Pioneer and Alpine all also announced that they’ll be supporting the technology.

However, many of those carmakers have had to adjust timetables as they experience problems integrating CarPlay into their infotainment systems.

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Ferrari appears to have had no such problem integrating CarPlay into the FF, its four-seat family GT car. The very first model to sport the feature was delivered to its Italian owner this week with more deliveries scheduled to UK, German French, Japanese and US clients in the coming days.

The system will also be available on the new California T convertible which, like CarPlay, was revealed for the first time in Geneva.

Ferrari 485 Speciale Spider

Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider to be Limited to 458 Units?

Ferrari 485 Speciale Spider

 will produce only 458 cars in a special Spider limited edition of its 458 Speciale, according to the website 4WheelsNews.

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The first car in this ultra limited edition was reportedly presented at a private event at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California and is expected to make its official world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Ferrari 485 Speciale Spider photo

The wheels and stripes of the Spider will differ from those of the usual Ferrari 458 Speciale, and the interior will have new seats and a plaque indicating the car’s number within the limited series.

Ferrari 485 Speciale Spider pic

The Spider is expected to retain the same 605hp, 4.5L V8 engine as the original 458 Speciale and so should have the same performance level, which means 0 to 100km/h acceleration in 3 seconds and a top speed of 320km/h.

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Ferrari 485 Speciale Spider side

This would make the Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider the top performing convertible in the Italian brand’s catalogue.

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Top 10 most powerful production cars in the world

The Dodge Charger may be the most powerful four-door production car ever built, but where does it fall in the list when compared to production cars of all shapes and sizes?

1 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport – 1200hp

Bugatti Veyron 16 4 Super Sport

This is the world’s fastest, most powerful production car. There are other companies, from Koenigsegg to Hennessey Performance, that currently offer vehicles with even more horsepower, but none of those cars meet the definition of a production car – 30 or more identical examples built.

The Koenigsegg 1:One is the most powerful car ever built, but the company will only ever build six, each of which will be different, whereas Bugatti has sold 435 Veyrons to date.

2. Ferrari LaFerrari – 950hp

2013 LaFerrari

A work of automotive art, the latest hypercar from the Italian masters uses a combination of a V12 petrol engine and an electric motor to deliver the fastest, most extreme driving experience of any Ferrari to date, while somehow being kinder to the environment.

3. McLaren P1 – 903hp

McLaren P1 supercar

Another hybrid, this time from UK supercar builder McLaren. All 375 P1s have already been snapped up and it’s not difficult to see why when you read the performance figures.

4. Porsche 918 Spyder – 795hp

porsche 918 spyder concept

You wait a generation for a hybrid supercar to arrive then, like a London bus, three turn up at once. Unlike the Ferrari or the McLaren, the Porsche also offers four-wheel drive and drop-top motoring, thanks to a removable roof panel.

5. Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – 730hp

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta photo

No battery packs, no electric drive, just a phenomenally powerful yet smooth V12 and so much power and so much grip that you run out of road before you run out of performance.

6. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 707hp

Dodge Challenger SRT hellcat

Thanks to that supercharged 6.2-liter engine, the Charger and its sister model, the two-door Hellcat Challenger, are in sixth place on the list, ahead of the Lamborghini Aventador…

7. Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 – 690hp

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 back

…which finds itself in seventh place due to a 17hp shortfall. But what it loses in flywheel power it makes up for in looks, acceleration – 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds – and a 217mph top speed.

8. Ferrari FF – 651hp

Ferrari FF World Premiere

The only other car on this top 10 list to offer four seats and space in the back for suitcases, the FF is meant to be a family grand tourer and is the first Ferrari with four-wheel drive and integrated iPads.

9. McLaren 650S – 641hp

McLaren 650S supercar

The second McLaren on the list it is available as a hard top or convertible and was launched earlier this year at the Geneva motor show.

It has a glorious 3.8-liter V8 under its carbon fiber hood and is capable of going from 0-100kph in under 3 seconds.

10. SRT Viper – 640hp

2014 Dodge SRT Viper TA

The only other US car to make the top 10 is also a Dodge. The Viper is built to the same template as the original Shelby Cobra – a lightweight body with a huge engine. In this case a V10 that was co-developed with Lamborghini and that also found a home in the recently retired Lamborghini Gallardo.

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta

Bonhams to auction 10 extraordinary Ferraris

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta

Ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, on August 15, Bonhams will hold an exceptional auction at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, including the sale of 10 extremely rare Ferrari sports cars.

The total estimated value of the automobiles in this “Maranello Rosso Collection” is over $33 million.

The most exceptional vehicle going under the hammer at the sale is a 1953 Ferrari 250 Mille Miglia Berlinetta appraised at between $9 and 12 million.

1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta

 

Presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1953, the model was piloted by Phil Hill, among others, and provided the inspiration for a range of models (250 Tour de France, 250 GT Short-Wheelbase, 250 GTO).

The Maranello Rosso Collection consists of a number of other vintage race cars, including the 1962 250 GTO Berlinetta piloted by Jo Schlesser, the Dino 166/246T driven in both F2 and Tasman Championships (by Chris Amon), a 1978 F1 312 T3 (driven by Carlos Reutemann and Gilles Villeneuve), and a 512 BB that competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours race in the early 1980s.

1969 NART Ferrari 365 GTB 4 Daytona Competizione

Lovers of fine cars will also be able to bid on the rare 365 GTB and 365 GTC or on a Dino 206 GT.

The 10 automobiles in the “Maranello Rosso” collection 

1953 – Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta ($9 – 12 million)
1958 – Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Pininfarina Cabriolet ($6.5 – 8.5 million)
1962 – Ferrari 250 GT SWB Aerodinamica ($4 – 7 million)
1962 – Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta (undetermined)
1968/69 – Ferrari F2/Tasman Dino 166/246T ($1.2 – 1.8 million)
1969 – Ferrari Dino 206 GT ($500,000 – 700,000)
1969 – Ferrari 365 GTC ($750,000 – 1 million)
1969 – Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona ($650,000 – 800,000)
1978 – Ferrari F1 312 T3 ($1.5 million – 2 million)
1981 – Ferrari 512 BB/LM ($1.2 million – 1.6 million)

All of the automobiles are to be sold without reserve. This collection is only a small part of the sale organized by Bonhams, which will include the auction of over 300 lots over two days (August 14 and 15).

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California T online configuration tool

Customize the new Ferrari California T online

California T online configuration tool

Ferrari has launched an online configurator for its California T, allowing fans to build their ideal version of the convertible supercar down to the last detail.

Introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari California T is slated to go on sale in September. An entry-level model by the Maranello-based brand’s standards, the new sports car will be available starting at €190,000.

On the exterior, the configurator lets users choose the paint color, the type of rims and the color of the brake calipers. Additional components such as a chrome-edged grille and a sports exhaust system can also be selected.

Next, users can customize the colors and materials used in the car’s interior before selecting their preferred styles for the doors, seats, cockpit, central tunnel, luggage compartment and accessories.

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Ferrari California T interior

The California T convertible is powered by a V8 turbo engine with up to 560hp, which allows it to reach a top speed of 316km/h and to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds. The new model also boasts the latest version of Ferrari’s traction control system developed for F1 race cars, enabling maximum acceleration when coming off a turn.

Carbon ceramic brakes, combined with ABS and ESP tech, allow the sports car to go from 100km/h to a complete stop in a distance of just 34m.

 also informs that the California T is more efficient than the outgoing model, with a fuel consumption of just 10.5l/100km over a combined driving cycle, or the equivalent of 250g/km in CO2 emissions.

Ferrari California T 2014

Finally, its hardtop can be actioned in just 14 seconds. The model will be on display at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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It is worth noting that the California T’s direct competitor, the new McLaren 650S, can also be customized through an online configurator.

Ferrari Limitate sneakers by Puma

Puma & Ferrari intro limited edition sneakers

Ferrari Limitate sneakers by Puma

 has unveiled its exclusive  Limitate collection, a line of luxury sneakers produced in a limited edition of just 499 pairs.

This is not the first time the two brands have teamed to launch a sneaker collection, but this latest collaboration stands out as an alliance of Ferrari’s artisanal expertise and Puma’s modern sporty style.

Available in four different styles, the sneakers in the Ferrari Limitate collection are made in Italy with premium leather. The design is available in two elegant and refined colors: black and grey.

Among the high-end details that make these sneakers so exclusive: the Ferrari horse logo was printed on the side of the shoe at the factory where the sports car brand’s leather seats are made.

Each of the 499 pairs in this limited edition comes in a special shoe bag designed especially for the Ferrari Limitate collection. The new sneakers are available for €280 per pair (around $380).