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New Name, Updated Looks for Ferrari FF

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso takes its bow in Geneva.

by on Mar.01, 2016

From FF to GTC4 Lusso, Ferrari has a new name and more for its wagon-like supercar.

The most unlikely Ferrari is going to stick around – though it’s getting a number of updates, and a new name.

Originally known as the FF, the wagon-like oddity will now be known as the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, the Italian maker confirmed today during a Geneva Motor Show news conference. The name dates back more than a half-century, recalling the legendary Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta by Scaglietti, widely considered one of the most beautiful cars the automaker has ever produced.

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That’s not necessarily what you’ll hear about the old FF, though it does earn kudos for the added functionality of its big cargo bay – something that has made the car a daily driver for many owners. It’s also helped Ferrari draw in younger buyers than typically walk into its showrooms.

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Lamborghini Readying “Everyday” Supercar

Is production version of Estoque on the way?

by on May.26, 2011

The 2008 Lamborghini Estoque offers a hint of what the maker might offer as an "everyday" car.

When the new Lamborghini Aventador was introduced, earlier this year, it included a feature that allows a driver to slightly raise the nose to prevent the front wing from scraping on speed bumps or steep driveways.

For the Italian maker, that’s about as big a concession as it has ever made for day-to-day driving – most owners pulling their Gallardos and Murcielagos out of the garage only on weekends or special occasions.

But that’s about to change, according to Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann, who has confirmed an earlier report in TheDetroitBureau.com that the maker is developing what he has dubbed “an everyday car.”

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“We are going to have a third model,” the German-born, Italian-reared executive announced during a conference sponsored by the Reuters news service.  “It has to be an everyday car.  We want to have a car which is able to be used on a daily basis.”

What Winkelmann has in mind remains to be seen.  In fact, he told TheDetroitBureau.com at the recent Geneva Motor Show that final plans are still under review and likely won’t be completed for some months to come. But one possible direction was offered up by the automaker in the form of the Lamborghini Estoque concept car that was introduced at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

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First Look: Ferrari FF

A practical Ferrari?

by on Mar.01, 2011

Ferrari goes practical with the new FF.

A practical Ferrari?  If the very concept doesn’t scare you off, read on for more about the Italian automaker’s newest offering, which is making its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

There will be plenty who view the new Ferrari FF as an oxymoron, no doubt.  But there’s no question the maker from Maranello wanted to do more than just evolve the outgoing 612.  Instead, it has come up with a wagon, er hatchback, er shooting brake.  Well, expect a lot of different descriptions to apply to what might be thought of as Ferrari’s interpretation of the Porsche Panamera.

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While the looks might take a while to grow on you, the new FF otherwise lives up to its pedigree.  It’s the most powerful 4-seater the Italian marque has ever produced, a direct-injects 6.3-liter V12 under the FF’s long, low hood, churning out 651 horsepower and 504 lb-ft of torque.  You’ll see 60 in less than 3.7 seconds, Ferrari claims, on the way to a top speed of 208 mph.

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Return of the Ford GT?

Is maker readying a hybrid supercar.

by on Feb.03, 2011

Is Ford preparing a next-gen GT hybrid supercar?

More than four years after the last Ford GT blasted out of the showroom, the Dearborn maker is reportedly readying an all-new 2-seater, but rather than the retro-styled supercar it built between 2005 and ’06, the next-generation GT is expected to feature decidedly futuristic styling – and a hybrid powertrain to go with it.

If anything, the upcoming Ford GT would have more in common with the new Porsche 918 Spyder than the original GT40 that stormed the race circuit nearly a half century ago.  How soon the new GT might make it to market – if, indeed, the reports prove accurate – is anyone’s guess, though a concept version could be readied for roll-out in the coming months.

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But that’s assuming anything really is in the works – a senior source at Ford insisting that “this is all rumor.”  But considering the history of the Ford GT name, it’s understandable why so many people would be wishing for its return.

The original GT40 was among the most terrifying machines ever to race the grueling 24-hour circuit at LeMans, winning the race an astounding four consecutive times between 1966 and 1969.  It was, in fact, the only American-made entry ever to claim an overall, rather than class, victory at LeMans even once.

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First Look: Ferrari FF

AWD offering from the prancing pony replaces Scaglietti 612.

by on Jan.21, 2011

Going where no Ferrari has gone before? The new 4-seat, 4-wheel-drive Ferrari FF.

We’ll skip the references to BMW’s quirky Z Coupe, of a few years back, and just note that the new Ferrari FF is a distinctive looking entry into the Italian maker’s line-up, one that is likely to generate some very polarizing opinions even before it rolls into showrooms.

The most powerful 4-seater the company has ever produced, the name is a double acronym, short for both Ferrari Four, and Ferrari Four-wheel-drive.

The replacement for the outgoing Scaglietti 612, the new Ferrari FF, says the maker, “represents not so much an evolution as a true revolution.”

That starts with the direct-injects 6.3-liter V* under the FF’s long, low hood, which churns out 651 horsepower and 504 lb-ft of torque.  You’ll see 60 in less than 3.7 seconds, Ferrari claims, on the way to a top speed of 208 mph.

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