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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Ferrari 485 Speciale Spider side

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

porsche 918 thumb

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).



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.


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.


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).

Motorola Moto G Ferrari Edition

Motorola Moto G Ferrari Edition

In terms of looks, specifications, performance, features and price, there is very, very little that Motorola can do to improve upon the Moto G smartphone.

However that isn’t stopping Motorola from trying. So, for a special version of the phone, launched initially in Mexico, Motorola is partnering with .

The result of this collaboration — the Moto G Ferrari Edition — comes encased in Kevlar rather than polycarbonate, carries the Ferrari ‘Prancing Horse’ plaque and has 16GB of on-board storage as standard.

But apart from the 100 percent memory bump, on the inside, the phone is the same as a stock Moto G. The biggest change…. is the price! 

The Moto G has been a huge success since its launch because it offers incredible value for money — an HD display, the latest version of Android, a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM — for less than $200 off contract.

However, the Ferrari version will cost 4,999 Pesos when it goes on sale in Mexico next month; that’s the equivalent of $390.

Ferrari 458 Speciale interior

Fiat to limit Ferrari output despite huge demand

Ferrari 458 Speciale interior

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will keep a lid on production of new Ferraris over the next five years despite huge demand in emerging markets like China, Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne said Tuesday.

Marchionne said in Detroit that Ferrari sold 7,000 of its supercars in 2013 and expects to sell the same number in 2018.

While rising wealth in China and other emerging markets could sustain expanding  production to 10,000 units annually, Ferrari’s management have agreed not to expand production for now.

“We want to keep production capped to preserve the brands uniqueness, while continuing to search for opportunities in emerging markets but maintain exclusivity in mature ones,” said Marchionne.

At the same time, Marchionne said Ferrari will launch a new model every year, with a four-year life cycle for each new model.

It will launch special limited series targeting the wealthiest customers and broaden its “personalization” of key models to boost Ferrari’s profit margins.

ferrari amusement park spain

Ferrari to open second theme park in Spain

ferrari amusement park spain

The first Ferrari theme park in Europe will come up in 2016 as part of the existing Port Aventura complex near Spanish seaside resort Salou.

The 100 million euro (US$139 million) project will include a Ferrari Land theme park; the first and five-star Ferrari-themed hotel with 250 rooms; restaurants, shops and extensive simulator areas for race cars.

Ferrari Hotel Spain

The theme park will be targeted at “catering for all ages” with rides including the “highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe”. Another attraction will be a roller coaster with cars that are modelled on the world famous marque.

Ferrari Land is expected to be an added draw for a complex that already receives around four million visitors a year, nearly half of them foreigners.

Ferrari Hotel Barcelona

The collaboration follows the successful debut of the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2010.

CEO Andrea Perrone said Ferrari would continue to consider additional destinations outside Europe to expand the concept, but said: “The brand is our most important asset and we have to enhance its value without diluting it.”

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Photo

LaFerrari 2013 Geneva Motor Show

‘Special’ LaFerrari-based supercar in the works

LaFerrari 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Unveiled in Geneva one year ago, the limited-edition supercar LaFerrari could soon be reissued in a “special” version for those who weren’t able to take home one of the only 449 cars produced.

Ferrari’s president Luca di Montezemolo hinted at this new supercar in conversation with Autocar at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.


“Many customers were disappointed not to be able to own a LaFerrari, but we expect to have something special to offer them soon,” di Montezemolo indicated, without providing further details for the moment.

2013 LaFerrari

With its €1.2 million price tag ($1.7 million), the LaFerrari made waves at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. With 963hp of total power, the supercar stands out for its combination of an electric motor and a 800hp V12 fuel engine.

LaFerrari interior

The model can reach a top speed of 350km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in less than 3 sec and from 0 to 300km/h in less than 15 seconds.

To achieve this exceptional performance level, the LaFerrari emits an average 330g/km, which is significantly less than the Enzo’s 545g/km.

LaFerrari back

The LaFerrari is based in large part on the F1, from its delicately sculpted curves to its wind tunnel and its kinetic energy recovery system (KERS).

Watch Fernando Alonso behind the wheel of the LaFerrari: 

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta supercar

100% of new Ferraris are personalized

Ferrari has revealed that every car that rolled off its Maranello production line, over the course of 2013, did so with a bespoke feature.

Ferrari California T

As well as sales figures, turnover profits and a growing appetite for bespoke features, Ferrari’s figures show that the US is the company’s biggest fan.

American clients have snapped up 2,035 cars last year, but more surprising is that British consumers buy almost as many Ferraris as Greater China.

Ferrari 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition

The South East Asian region, which includes the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, snapped up 700 Ferraris over the course of 2013 — that’s only 23 more than were sold in the UK.

Ferrari reported its net profits were up five per cent for the year, hitting 246 million euros ($338.5 million), despite the fall in sales. Meanwhile, the number of cars sold declined by 5% to 6,922, as Ferrari decided to reduce its supply to maintain the brand’s luxury status and increase its value.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

“We wanted to maintain a high level of exclusivity, designing amazing products such as the LaFerrari, the 458 Speciale and the just launched California T,” said Ferrari’s president, Luca di Montezemolo.

Ferrari California T

This is the next Ferrari California T

Ferrari is ramping up the power and turning on the style but also cutting fuel consumption for the second-generation California drop-top.

Ferrari California T

Like the original California, launched back in 2008, the new model, known as the California T, has a metal folding roof, front-mounted V8 and has been designed to offer boulevard cruising and supercar thrills in equal measure.

However, this time around the engine is smaller — 3.8-liters — but, thanks to a pair of turbochargers, pumps out more power — 553bhp, compared with 483bhp from the first-generation California.

Other improvements include torque — the engine somehow manages to produce 755Nm — a 50 percent improvement on the outgoing model’s.

Put together, these improvements mean a 0-100km/h time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 316km/h (196mph). Yet, remarkably fuel economy is better at 26.9mpg (10.5l/100km), and CO2 emissions have also been cut.

Ferrari California T interior

In terms of styling the car looks more like part of the wider Ferrari family with a number of design cues lifted from the F12 Berlinetta and the FF.

Making sure the car’s good looks remain that way are carbon ceramic brakes as standard, a new suspension set-up and an all-new steering system plus the latest generation of Ferrari’s F1-Trac traction control system for maximum acceleration out of corners.

Then there’s the use of accelerometers (like those found in a smartphone) that monitor body movement in order to eliminate pitch and roll.

Ferrari California T 2014

Inside, the cabin has also been brought into line with those of the latest Ferraris. There’s a new 6.5-inch touchscreen display and something called the Turbo Performance Engineer. This is a dedicated secondary display mounted between the air vents that allows the driver to scroll through information screens relating to the engine’s performance.

1954 Mercedes Benz W196

The world’s priciest vintage cars

What a difference a year makes. Only 12 months ago the list was a mix of marques from Bugatti to Rolls-Royce, but this year the list has seen more movement than the pop charts with four new entries and seven of the top 10 places being occupied by Ferraris.

1954 Mercedes Benz W196

1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 – $29.65 million

When this car came up for auction, no one even dared hazard a guess as to an estimate. And that’s understandable, as this Mercedes is more than a car, as a vehicle driven by Fangio, it is a piece of automotive history and one that won Formula One races. There’s some dispute as to whether it should make the list, because it is not road legal, however, there’s no doubting that at $29,650,095 (€22,701,864) it is the most expensive classic car ever sold at auction.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB

2. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider by Scaglietti – $27.5 million 

Why did this car cost so much? Because if one enterprising US Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti, hadn’t taken Enzo – that’s Enzo Ferrari – to one side and had a whisper in his ear, telling the genius where he was going wrong, it would never have been built.

Chinetti suggested that Ferrari make a convertible version of the 275 GTB/4 to make it easier to sell to his customers, and the N.A.R.T. Spider by Scaglietti was born. Only 10 were ever made and when this car sold for $27,500,000 in August, the proceeds went to charity.

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

3. 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype – $16.39 million

In third place is the first of two Testa Rossas: this one sold at auction in 2011 for $16.39 million thanks to its incredible racing pedigree. What’s more it is actually the prototype model on which all subsequent Red Heads (Testa Rossa means red head in Italian) were based. The car was painstakingly restored after it crashed on the track and burst into flames.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

4. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti $14.3 million

Next up is the third car to make it into the list in 2013, in fact this 250 LM only just made the cut as the auction was held in November. At $14.3 million it broke all previous records for its model but like all of the Ferraris at the upper end of the list, the premium paid is down to the importance of the car in terms of Ferrari’s history, legend and mythology. This was the first mid-engined V12 the company ever produced and inspired a new design language.

1953 Ferrari 340 375 MM Berlinetta Competizione

5. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’ $12.8 million

Another Ferrari and another car sold within the last 12 months. Until the 250 LM went under the hammer, it also held the distinction of being the most expensive closed-in Berlinetta Ferrari ever to sell at auction. However, one thing that it still holds onto is its success on the track. It is still to this day one of the most important cars in Ferrari’s racing history.

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

6. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa $12.4 million 

The second Testa Rossa and, back in 2009 when it went under the hammer, it was the most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction. This one managed to win Le Mans three times.

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster

7. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster $11.77 million 

Finally, something other than a Ferrari. But, like the car in first place, this is also a Mercedes but a very different one at that. An example of this incredibly elegant, but rather sporty in its day, open-top cruiser once belonged to Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

He sold it at auction for a then-record of $6.3 million in 2007 only for another of the 26 remaining examples to fall under the hammer at last year’s Pebble Beach, fetching $11.7 million.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione

8. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione $11.2 million 

In eighth place, yes, another Ferrari and a very handsome one at that. The California models were so called because they were aimed at Californians, who wanted to cruise the boulevards with the top down, but then floor the accelerator and tear it up in the mountains. The price paid for this long wheel base model may well have been influenced by the value of the car now sitting in 10th place.

1968 Ford GT40

9. 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car $11 million

The Ford GT40 was one of the greatest sportscars in history. Built to beat Ferrari, it did just that – just not in this list. What makes this example even more important is that as well as a racing pedigree, its former owner was none other than Steve McQueen. It might be pretty low down in the chart but it is still at $11 million it the most expensive American car ever to go under the hammer.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

10. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder $10.89 million 

In last place is one of the most attractive cars that Ferrari ever built and, like the GT40, it’s a car with a famous former owner – James Coburn. What’s more, when this car was sold in 2008 it made the headlines because it was the most expensive car to sell at auction. The successful bidder, UK TV and radio broadcaster, Chris Evans revealed that he bought it because he fell in love with it, and that he had only intended to buy a couple of Ferrari posters at the sale, but got carried away.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

Ferrari 250 LM Sells for Record $14.3 Million

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

A 1964 Ferrari 250 LM has sold for a record $14.3 million at the RM Auctions & Sotheby’s collaborative auction held in New York. It becomes the third most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction.

It may take some doing to dislodge the car currently in first place, Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 Single-Seater, which sold in July for an incredible $29,650,095. Still, this Ferrari 250 LM, of which only 32 were ever built, is viewed as equally special to Prancing Horse aficionados.

It was the first Ferrari to use a mid-engine layout meaning that Mr Scaglietti could ‘go crazy’ with the body shell design, wrapping the panels round the shorter body and creating the Ferrari design principles that persist to this day.

And that engine, a 320-horsepower V12, was a technological and engineering marvel, blitzing the competition. All of which explains why the final price paid make the car the fourth most expensive in history — just behind two other Ferraris — a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider which sold this year for $27.5 million and a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype which fetched $16.39 million in 2011.

These prices may sound incredible and suggest that a classic car bubble is about to burst, but the truth is that the prices paid at auction are usually much lower than those paid in private and brokered sales.

The Ferrari 250 GTO is the ultimate classic collectors’ car yet it never gets a chance to get as far as an auction and as a result they regularly change hands for upwards of $40 million.

So, as of today, the Top 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction are:

1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 Single-Seater $29,650,095.
2. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider $27,500,000.
3. 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype $16,390,000.
4. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti $14,300,000.
5. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’ $12,812,800.
6. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa $12,402,500.
7. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster $11,770,000.
8. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione $11,275,000.
9. 1968 Ford GT40 $11,000,000.
10. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder $10,894,400.

Ferrari 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition

Ferrari 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition

Ferrari has presented the “Ferrari 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition,” a one-off version of its 458 Italia. It has been customized to resemble the race cars driven by the Austrian F1 champion during the 1970s.

This unique Ferrari 458 Italia stands out primarily for its white roof, which is painted with the colors of the Italian flag in the center, and for its gold-colored alloy wheels. The green, white and red flag is also represented on the seats and the center console.

Ferrari 458 Italia Niki Lauda Edition

Under the hood, the supercar packs a 570hp V8 engine paired with an F1 7-speed transmission. The Ferrari 458 Italia can reach a top speed of 325km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4s.

This one-off vehicle was commissioned by a client of the exclusive Ferrari Tailor-Made customization service, developed to meet the requests of the most demanding clients.

Ferrari 458 Italia Niki Lauda

The presentation of this edition honoring Niki Lauda follows the release of Ron Howard’s “Rush” in September. The film focused on the 1976 showdown between Lauda, defending the title of world champion behind the wheel of a Ferrari, and his challenger James Hunt, piloting a McLaren.

Niki Lauda 1974 Ferrari 312 B3 F1

Vertu Ti Ferrari smartphone

Vertu and Ferrari partner on a new smartphone

Vertu Ti Ferrari smartphone

Vertu has expanded its Ti line with a luxury smartphone whose design was inspired by the Ferrari F12 berlinetta. A limited edition of 2,013 smartphones will be produced and sold.

The new Vertu Ti Ferrari is the result of a close collaboration between the luxury phone maker and the luxury sportscar brand. Ferrari has supplied some of the red and black leather used in the seats of its sports cars for the leather accents along the smartphone’s casing. Vertu, in turn, has treated and conditioned the leather to ensure it will withstand the constant handling a smartphone is subject to.

The smartphone’s casing is made of diamond-like carbon (DLC), a lightweight material ten times stronger than stainless steel, which Ferrari uses to protect its motors from extreme heat and friction.

The back of the device is modeled after the aerodynamic lines of the F12 berlinetta, while the position of the supercar’s headlights is echoed in the position of the phone’s camera.

The Vertu Ti Ferrari’s feature set is not particularly impressive. Equipped with a 3.7-inch screen, an 8MP photo camera at the back and a 1.3MP front camera for video chats, the smartphone runs under Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is equipped with Bluetooth, wifi and 3G+ connectivity.

The start screen of the Vertu Ti Ferrari features the signature colors of the famous Italian car maker, and the Vertu for Ferrari App provides access to the latest Ferrari news from the brand’s social network pages and the automotive trade press.

The on-screen clock is modeled after the F12berlinetta’s tachometer, and the four available ringtones purr with the sound of the grand tourer’s V12 engine. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari 458 Speciale Unveiled

Ferrari 458 Speciale

In Frankfurt, Ferrari will present a new, ramped up version of its 458 supercar. This “Speciale” edition promises to be powerful, with its V8 engine boasting 605 hp for a power-to-weight ratio of 2.13 kg/hp

With its 605 hp V8 engine, the Ferrari 458 Speciale has 35 hp more than the original 458, enabling acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds and 0 to 200km/h in 9.1.

Ferrari 458 Speciale interior

The new version has also slimmed down, weighing in at just 1.29 kg for an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 2.13 kg/hp. In addition, the front and back of the supercar feature new aerodynamic flaps, which move into place to reduce drag when needed.

Ferrari 458 Speciale back

Production of Ferrari 458 Speciale will certainly be limited, and the price of it certainly very high. Further details will be revealed closet to the IAA.

Ferrari 458 Speciale photo

John Lennon’s Ferrari for sale

1965 Ferrari 330GT John Lennon

On July 12, Bonhams will auction off John Lennon‘s very first car, a Ferrari 330GT Coupé, during the Festival of Speed in Goodwood, England.

The sports car is expected to fetch between £180,000 and £220,000 (US$275,000-338,000). Lennon bought this sky-blue right-hand-drive Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupé for £6,500 back in 1965.

The late Beatle kept it and drove it all over the place for three years. Repainted and revamped several times since then, the car was eventually restored to its original specs by its current owner, and will go under the hammer in all its original glory.

Ferrari 330GT blue

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Is Ferrari planning an even more exclusive hypercar?


Ferrari has confirmed that all 499 examples of its latest flagship, the LaFerrari, are already spoken for as biggest rival Porsche reveals mixed fortunes with its latest flagship offering, the 918 Spyder.

Ferrari’s parent company, Fiat, is examining other opportunities to extend the car’s production run in some way with the most likely outcome being an even more limited edition but with even more power and extreme performance. Each of which could change hands for as much as $3 million.

LaFerrari interior

Reusing the car’s platform and V12 petrol engine (but not its electric motors) in order to create a Maserati hypercar is also under consideration. The last Maserati hypercar, the MC12, was actually a Ferrari Enzo in disguise but with a slightly de-tuned engine.

The news highlights not only the strength of the Ferrari brand and the loyalty and trust of its existing client base – a member of the public is yet to officially test drive the 949bhp car – but it also underlines the success of the Prancing Horse in this particular segment, compared to McLaren or Porsche.

The LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and the long-awaited Porsche 918 Spyder all have three things in common — they use a hybrid powertrain (a combination of a petrol and an electric motor); they all have a strictly limited production run; and they each cost more than $1 million.

McLaren P1 supercar

However, only Ferrari can claim that its hypercar is sold out. Mclaren has managed to sell 275 of its 375 P1 hypercars after little more than six weeks on the market.

Porsche, whose 918 Spyder has been on display in concept and prototype version for two years now, is still trying to sell many of the 918 examples it intends to build — despite the fact that it is $300,000 cheaper than the McLaren and $600,000 less than the Ferrari yet offers similar performance.

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Picture