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Ferrari Reveals Aperta, its Fastest-Ever Convertible

Aperta debuts alongside turbo V-8 Lusso.

by on Oct.03, 2016

Ferrari debuted its fastest convertible ever: the LaFerrari Aperta at this year's Paris Motor Show.

Ferrari has a pair of new offerings on display as the first consumer stream into the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile, including the fastest-ever convertible, a ragtop version of its flagship LaFerrari.

The maker also rolled out a more affordable version of its wagon-like model, dubbed the GTC4Lusso T, a turbo V-8 replacing the original V-12 powerplant.

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The debut of the two models came as a bit of counter-programming at a Paris Motor Show that largely focused on battery-power and other green and futuristic technologies. Mercedes-Benz, for example, introduced the Generation EQ electric vehicle concept and said a production version would anchor a new sub-brand called Mercedes-EQ. (more…)

McLaren Unleashes P1 “Ultimate Supercar”

A spiritual successor to the original McLaren F1.

by on Sep.28, 2012

McLaren is keeping key details close to the vest, for now, but confirms the P1 will go on sale by spring 2013.

McLaren is billing the new P1 as the “ultimate supercar,” a claim the folks from Ferrari and Lamborghini might protest. But it’s the closest we’ve yet seen to the legendary McLaren F1 of more than a decade past – and its rollout at the Paris Motor Show generated more excitement than just about any other introduction at the biennial show.

Since its founding as a race team, McLaren has never been anything but ambitious – and its success on the Formula One track is proof positive of its capabilities, underscored Chairman Ron Dennis, who declared, “”The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage,” during the well-attended unveiling at the Mondial de l’Automobile.

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Like rival British sports carmaker Lotus, McLaren has laid out an ambitious target – in this case, rolling out a new model every year.  In McLaren’s case, it’s delivering.  The P1 will be its third new offering starting with the MP4-12C and the newer convertible version of that 2-seat supercar.