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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.


Ferrari Turbocharges Up its New 488 GTB

Replacement for Maranello’s old 458 downsizes engine, boosts power.

by on Mar.04, 2015

The new Ferrari 488 GTB opts for active aero and a new turbocharged V-8 engine.

Even Ferrari has to follow form, at times, as the Maranello maker is demonstrating with the Geneva Motor Show launch of the new 488 GTB.

The new model replaces the outgoing Ferrari 458, the smallest sports car in the line-up, and instead of going with an update of the 4.5-liter V-8, the new Ferrari 488 GTB gets a biturbo 3.9-liter eight-banger. But fret not at the downsizing. The new engine delivers significantly more horsepower and torque – enough to rival several other new models debuting nearby at the Geneva Motor Show, including the McLaren 675LT and Audi R8 V10 Plus.

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“Extreme power was a requisite for the car,” the Italian maker explained as the Ferrari 488 GTB was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The new model “drew extensively on its experience in both Formula One and endurance racing, bringing to the road the technology that delivered victory in two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”


Ferrari Reveals New California T

Redesigned convertible gets turbocharged.

by on Feb.13, 2014

The 2015 Ferrari California shares its turbo V-8 with the new Maserati Ghibli - albeit with a few tweaks.

It’s T-time at Ferrari.  The Italian automaker is offering up a first look at the next-generation California convertible, with its official public debut scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Make that the new Ferrari California T, as in turbo, the 2015 model replacing its old 4.3-liter naturally aspirated V-8 with a new turbocharged 3.9-liter eight-banger.  The good news, claims the Italian supercar maker, is that the new engine delivers about 70 more horsepower and a whopping 49% increase in torque – while absolutely eliminating the dreaded phenomenon known as turbo lag.

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Oh, and for those who like a green spin to their wheels, no matter what the cost, the 2015 Ferrari California T will reportedly deliver about 15% better mileage than the outgoing convertible.

The new retractable hardtop, meanwhile, can “transform (the 2+2) from a chic coupe into a sleekly sophisticated spider in a mere 14 seconds,” notes a release from Ferrari.


Ferrari Readying its “Most Powerful” Model Ever

Enzo replacement to be revealed in Geneva.

by on Feb.11, 2013

Ferrari is keeping a lot under the hood of the Enzo successor, for now, including its name.

The conclave that will begin in Rome next month to select a new pope isn’t the only news out of Italy generating intense speculation.  In automotive circles, at least, the real question is what’s in store from Ferrari when it finally unveiled long-awaited replacement for the legendary Enzo supercar.

The good news for the Ferraristi is that they won’t have to wait much longer.  What the maker is promising to be its most powerful sports car ever will make its debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. And while there likely won’t be much white smoke from the exhaust considering the new model is promised to reduce emissions by 40%, we’re expecting plenty of tire smoke once the “HyperFerrari” is fired up.

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A Ferrari Instagram posting offers a few hints of what’s in store, the maker suggesting that, “Geneva Motor Show I am coming to take your hearts away. The Most Powerful HyperFerrari on its way to take your breath away, a hypercar which can eclipse any competition. Formula1 technology direct inhereted into this masterpiece, a car which can turn into a cornor as quick as a Formula1 car, a car packed with downforce as a real Formula1 car. #destroythecompetition #forzaferrari”


F12 Berlinetta – Fastest, Most Powerful Ferrari Ever

Is this the world’s sexiest supercar?

by on Mar.06, 2012

The new Ferrari F12 makes its Geneva debut.

For some makers, function drives form.  Ferrari has traditional argued that when it comes to an Italian supercar, both matter.  Take the slick new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, which Ferrari revealed at the Geneva Motor Show today – and which is earning buzz as not only the fastest Ferrari ever, but also the sexiest.

The replacement for the outgoing Ferrari 599 – originally expected to get a 620 nameplate — is the fastest, as well as the most powerful automobile ever to wear the prancing pony badge.  Its 6.3-liter V12 will be able to launch the Ferrari F12 from 0 to 60 in about 3 seconds – with a top speed of more than 310 kmh – or nearly 200 mph.

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The new model will land in an increasingly crowded supercar market that will feature the likes of the function-over-form McLaren MP4-12C and the extreme-styled Lamborghini Aventador, so the opportunity to deliver anything but extreme performance would have been minimal.

The F12 is slightly smaller than the outgoing 599, with a lower center of gravity.

Of course, Ferrari also put a premium on luscious Italian styling, an advantage it figures it can leverage over the incredibly competent competition.  The good news is that much of its most distinctive styling elements also have a practical purpose.  That includes the new Ferrari F12’s Aero Bridge, a new concept that generates additional downforce by funneling air flowing over the hood to its flank.

Then there’s the Active Brake Cooling system, which uses active vanes to guide air, when needed, through ducts to improve brake performance.

While there may be subtle visual similarities to the outgoing 599, the Ferrari F12 is a completely new car, the maker insists, with an all-new chassis that features a slightly shorter wheelbase.  The engine, seats and other key components have been lowered to improve the center of gravity.

The new Ferrari F12 will make extensive use of active aero technologies.

Ferrari also concentrated on lowering the new supercar’s overall weight, which comes in at 3355 pounds, about 155 less than its predecessor.  That helps enhance acceleration, handling – and fuel economy, which is reportedly 30% than the old Ferrari 599.

Under the hood: a naturally-aspirated, 6.26-liter V-12 making 740 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque.  The maker says that will propel it to 100 kmh (62.5 mph) in 3.1 seconds, with 200 kmh (125 mph) in 8.5 seconds, with the top speed 340 kmh.  The F12 reportedly cut something on the order of 2 seconds off the laptime record for a production car at the Fiorano race circuit, at 1:23.

By comparison, the old 599 made 611 horsepower.

It’s Official: Ferrari Names New Supercar the F12

Forget the 620 – but it’s still the most powerful Ferrari ever.

by on Feb.29, 2012

The Ferrari F12 will be the maker's fastest and most powerful production car ever.

One thing about a Ferrari, it’s able to make a fast turn, and apparently that applies to the Italian automaker itself, which has delivered a surprise today, announcing that its newest supercar will be named the Ferrari F12, rather than the 620 as widely reported.

One key detail hasn’t changed, however: the new super GT will be the fastest and most powerful automobile ever to wear the prancing pony badge.  Its 6.3-liter V12 will be able to launch the Ferrari F12 from 0 to 60 in about 3 seconds – with a top speed of more than 210 mph.

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The replacement for the Ferrari 599 will land in an increasingly crowded supercar market that will feature the likes of the new McLaren MP4-12C and the Lamborghini Aventador, so the opportunity to deliver anything but extreme performance will be minimal.


Ferrari Teases F620 GT

Most powerful prancing pony ever.

by on Feb.21, 2012

Ferrari offers a tease of the F620 GT, which it claims to be the most powerful model it has ever developed.

Ferrari is offering the briefest of teases giving us a blurry look at the new F620 GT – which the automaker promises will be its most powerful model ever.

The rear-drive, V-12-powered supercar will serve as the replacement for the outgoing 599.  Plans call for the official unveiling at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, but the maker now says it will stage an advance preview on February 29th.

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With its 6.3-liter engine making an estimated 740 horsepower, the Ferrari F620 GT should blow by just about anything the Modenese maker has ever produced before, save perhaps the Enzo in fact, one report claims the new model cut a full second off the Enzo’s lap time at the Fiorano race track.