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Ferrari Readying Hardcore 488 GTO With 700HP And Less Weight 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


We’ve been waiting for the hardcore version of the Ferrari 488 GTB for quite some time now but it appears that our wait will be over soon.

The Italian supercar maker is developing the track-focused 488 variant under near-complete secrecy, with Autocar reporting a 700hp power figure from the revised twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8.

Rumor has it that Ferrari is planning on using the GTO moniker for the fourth time, following the 250 GTO, the 288 GTO and more recently the 599 GTO. If this is true, then the Italian company might even try to evoke the spirit of the 288 GTO with the hardcore 488, since they’re both turbocharged and with the engine in the middle.

Up until the 599 GTO came along, Ferrari used the sacred moniker for the aforementioned models, as they were basically thinly disguised race cars for use on the road.

Whatever the name, the new 488 variant will feature a revised bodywork for better aerodynamic efficiency and angrier looks as shown in a spy shot last month. Weight will also drop, thanks to Ferrari stripping parts from the interior as well as using thinner glass and a lighter wheel-brakes combo.

GTO or not, the track-focused Ferrari 488 will have to prove itself against some pretty tough competition that includes not only the McLaren 720S but the Porsche 911 GT2 RS as well, when it goes on sale in 2018.

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Ferrari F430 With Stick Shift Is What Purists Dream Of 12
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari F430, Ferrari-Videos, reviews, video on 12 12th, 2017


Nowadays, Ferrari doesn’t offer cars fitted with manual gearboxes, as in the past few years the vast majority of its customers opted for the automated or dual-clutch versions. Not that long ago, though, they did, with the chrome gate and stick shift being one of its staples, and this feature now makes those vehicles sell for a hefty premium in the used car market.

The F430 is one of the exotics made in Maranello that was available with a six-speed manual transmission, alongside the electrohydraulic semi-auto.

Even by today’s standards, the F430 is very fast: naught to 60mph (96km/h) comes up in just 3.7 seconds, and top speed stands at in excess of 196mph (315km/h), courtesy of the 443 HP output of its 4.3-liter naturally aspirated V8.

So this supercar has all the right things to make an enthusiast yearn for it: a mid-mounted N/A V8, rear wheel drive and a manual gearbox. It has also aged quite well in the 8 years since Ferrari dropped it from their lineup and replaced it with the 458 Italia, but how does the world look like from the cockpit of such a wonderful machine?

YouTuber Marchettino had the chance to take one out for a spin, in the rain, and even if it wasn’t pushed to the limit on a twisty road, it still proves why these models appreciate with each passing day.

Oh, and don’t worry about the Italian spoken in this review, as it does have English subtitles, so sit back and relax while checking out the 13-minute video below.

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Stunning Ferrari 250 GT California Spider Sold For $17.99 Million 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Galleries on 12 11th, 2017


An absolutely beautiful 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione by Scaglietti has sold for $17.99 million at RM Sotheby’s auction in New York.

This classic 250 GT LWB California Spider is chassis number 1451 GT and one of only two examples ever built with an all-aluminum body. Making the car all the more desirable is that it placed third in its class and fifth overall at the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours

After racing at the most famous endurance race in the world, the car was driven by Bob Grossman at a host of races throughout the United States, including the Watkins Glen Grand Prix in September 1959 and a plethora of races in the Bahamas.

In the decades since its retirement from competitive racing, the car has undergone a comprehensive Ferrari Classiche-certified restoration and took home the prize for best in class at Pebble Beach and a platinum award at the Cavallino Classic.

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Ferrari GTC4Lusso Owners Might Want To Consider These PUR Wheels 9
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Wheels on 12 9th, 2017


The GTC4Lusso is, by all means, a gorgeous car, and Ferrari’s stock rims suit it nicely, but perhaps some owners would prefer a set of custom rims instead.

Developed by PUR as part of their FL25 series, the multi-spoke wheels feature a two-tone finish of Gloss Black and Lumiere Grey, among other shades, and are available in 21 and 22 inches.

Custom rims apart, the four-wheel drive exotic is the most practical supercar in Ferrari’s range, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks for performance. Quite the opposite, in fact, as its 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 puts out 680hp and 514lb-ft (697Nm) of torque that are channeled to both axles via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a clever AWD transmission.

While almost nothing beats a naturally aspirated V12 for charisma, Ferrari has jumped on the downsizing bandwagon and is also offering a second version of the GTC4Lusso powered by a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 that produces 602hp and 560lb-ft (760Nm) of torque. This model is marketed as more of a daily driver, and needs 3.5sec for the 0-62mph (100km/h) acceleration, which makes it a mere 0.1sec slower than the V12.

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Updated Alfa Romeo 4C Reportedly Coming Next Year 8
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Alfa Romeo 4C, alfa-romeo, Ferrari, Ferrari California, Reports on 12 8th, 2017


The Alfa Romeo 4C was designed to spearhead the company’s resurgence but the model hasn’t been a huge sales success as Carsalesbase data shows the automaker sold a combined 1,671 units in Europe and the United States last year.

Help is on the way as Alfa Romeo and Maserati engineering boss Roberto Fedeli told Autocar the company is working on an updated 4C which will feature a revised suspension and an improved steering system.

The updated model could also come with a new engine which would replace the turbocharged 1.75-liter four-cylinder that produces 237 hp (176 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. It allows the current model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 160 mph (257 km/h).

Fedeli wasn’t ready to talk specifics but he said “We are coming back to Formula 1 and we need the 4C to be our halo car.” Fedeli also confirmed the updated 4C will not be offered with a manual transmission as he doesn’t think there’s enough demand to justify it.

While the lack of a manual transmission won’t please the purists, Fedeli said Ferrari spent approximately €10 ($11.7) million to offer a manual transmission in the California. In the end, just two cars were equipped with the gearbox.

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Maserati Could Follow Alfa Romeo Back Into F1 With Haas 8
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Ferrari, Haas, Maserati, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 12 8th, 2017


It’s been nearly half a century since we last saw Maserati represented on the F1 grid, but the Italian brand could be preparing a return. According to Auto Express, the automaker could follow a similar path to its sister brand Alfa Romeo, partnering with the Haas team on a rebranded engine deal.

Alfa Romeo recently announced just such an arrangement with the Sauber team, using Ferrari engines re-badged as Alfa Romeo. Both Maserati and Alfa Romeo fall under the umbrella of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, from which Ferrari only recently separated. All three, however, remain under the direction of Sergio Marchionne.

While Marchionne remains adamant that Ferrari could withdraw from the series if it doesn’t agree with the next round of engine regulations, bringing both Sauber and Haas under even closer influence could give the high-powered exec a larger voting block.

The deal would reportedly see Maserati paying Haas some €20 million per season for title sponsorship, most (if not all) of which would go right back to Ferrari, effectively making its engines free in return for the branding (and allegiance).

Maserati’s F1 history stretches back to the 1950. Juan Manual Fangio won two of his world championships in the legendary 250F, which was also driven by the likes of Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, Phil Hill Mike Hawthorn, Carroll Shelby, Masten Gregory and Roy Salvadori. The automaker shut down its works team after 1957, remaining represented by private teams through 1960 and continuing to supply engines through 1969.

This wouldn’t be the first time we’d see Maserati competing under Ferrari power. The Enzo-based MC12 dominated the FIA GT1 class in the previous decade with Ferrari’s blessing, though then-chairman Luca di Montezemolo is said to have blocked other efforts to put the Trident brand back on the racing circuit.

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Ferrari 360 Owner Has A Blast Thrashing His Supercar In Monaco 7
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari 360, Ferrari-Videos, Offbeat News, video on 12 7th, 2017


Say what you want about the driver of this Ferrari 360, but when you have an Italian supercar at your disposal during a night out in Monaco, things are bound to get noisy, real fast.

Equipped with an aftermarket exhaust system, for a deeper tone, this Prancing Horse was spotted around the streets of the Principality revving its heart out.

The driver was obviously having a blast, and now he has the videos to remind him of his joyride thanks to a few bystanders excited by the show, who took out their cameras/phones and started recording when they heard the V8 symphony.

Anyway, it’s nice to see that the Ferrari 360 still has it, some 12 years after its production ended and was replaced by the F430, and to remind us that, even though today’s hot hatches might equal it on power, they’ll never match it when it comes to charisma.

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Tesla Model S P100D Seeks Spotlight By Taking On Stock Ferrari FF 5
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, Ferrari, Ferrari FF, Ferrari-Videos, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Videos, tuning, video on 12 5th, 2017


It’s been a while since we last saw the Model S P100D challenge a V12-powered supercar, and as far as the latter goes, the Ferrari FF is a good a choice as any.

It’s got 660 PS (651 HP) and 683 Nm (504 lb-ft) of torque, which play their part in taking the Italian thoroughbred from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds, before maxing out at 335 km/h (208 mph).

This particular FF also features a set of golden Ankry wheels and an aftermarket iPE exhaust, although making more noise isn’t going to scare the P100D away, especially since this race is about which car accelerates faster, rather than which has the highest top speed.

So while the Ferrari sounds extremely menacing, the Tesla did what it does best as soon as it got off the line. In fact, its performance was impressive enough to take us back to a time before the McLaren 720S became the most exciting car in drag racing circles.

As for the FF, it did show signs of catching up to the Model S at one point, though not soon enough to change the outcome of the race.

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That’s Rich: Geely Wants To Make Lotus A Ferrari Rival 3
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ferrari, Geely, Lotus, Reports on 12 3rd, 2017


Two months after it completed the purchase of Lotus, Geely is laying out its plans for the British sports car manufacturer – and we have to say, they’re pretty ambitious.

Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, Lotus is planning to launch its first SUV, which is probably going to be based on the CMA modular platform that also underpins the Volvo XC40 and Lynk&Co 01. The platform is designed to host high-performance powertrains and of course all-wheel drive, which is obviously good news for Lotus.

Geely’s plans for Lotus though don’t stop with the SUV. According to Autocar, the Chinese company wants Lotus not only to keep making sports cars, but also intends to up its game considerably.

“We are making plans; we want to bring back the heritage of Lotus to be one of the top performers in the luxury sports car segment. Lotus used to be ranked alongside Ferrari and Porsche, so we need to come back in that rank again”, its boss, An Cong Hui, said.

After years of uncertainty, Lotus has recently returned to profitability and now appears to be finally in good hands. Rivaling Ferrari, though? That’s setting the bar perhaps too high – but, hey, the guys have made a great job with Volvo, so they might just do the same for Lotus.

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That’s Rich: Geely Wants To Make Lotus A Ferrari Rival 3
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ferrari, Geely, Lotus, Reports on 12 3rd, 2017


Two months after it completed the purchase of Lotus, Geely is laying out its plans for the British sports car manufacturer – and we have to say, they’re pretty ambitious.

Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, Lotus is planning to launch its first SUV, which is probably going to be based on the CMA modular platform that also underpins the Volvo XC40 and Lynk&Co 01. The platform is designed to host high-performance powertrains and of course all-wheel drive, which is obviously good news for Lotus.

Geely’s plans for Lotus though don’t stop with the SUV. According to Autocar, the Chinese company wants Lotus not only to keep making sports cars, but also intends to up its game considerably.

“We are making plans; we want to bring back the heritage of Lotus to be one of the top performers in the luxury sports car segment. Lotus used to be ranked alongside Ferrari and Porsche, so we need to come back in that rank again”, its boss, An Cong Hui, said.

After years of uncertainty, Lotus has recently returned to profitability and now appears to be finally in good hands. Rivaling Ferrari, though? That’s setting the bar perhaps too high – but, hey, the guys have made a great job with Volvo, so they might just do the same for Lotus.

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A Ferrari F40 In British Racing Green? Well, Why Not? [w/Video] 3
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari F40, Ferrari-Videos, video on 12 3rd, 2017


What do you do if you’re a prolific car collector, have some spare money and aren’t worried about affecting the resale value of an iconic supercar you own? If you’re Eugenio Amos, you paint your Ferrari F40 in British Racing Green.

Images of the car were shared on the owner’s Instagram page and, to our surprise, the color, officially dubbed Verde Abetone, actually looks incredible on one of the most desirable Ferrari models ever produced.

To create such a unique car, the F40 spent roughly three months in an Italian paint shop undergoing its comprehensive transformation. To complement the new paint, the seats and headliner were also modified and covered in Cuoio Schedoni-colored alcantara.

Amos also owns a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion and more, so his green F40 should be right at home in a truly bonkers collection.

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The infamous Verde Abetone. #AutomobiliAmos #Ferrari #F40

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Painted to perfection, the #AutomobiliAmos ‘ way! #craftmanship #Ferrai #F40 #VerdeAbetone

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A Ferrari F40 In British Racing Green? Well, Why Not? [w/Video] 3
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari F40, Ferrari-Videos, video on 12 3rd, 2017


What do you do if you’re a prolific car collector, have some spare money and aren’t worried about affecting the resale value of an iconic supercar you own? If you’re Eugenio Amos, you paint your Ferrari F40 in British Racing Green.

Images of the car were shared on the owner’s Instagram page and, to our surprise, the color, officially dubbed Verde Abetone, actually looks incredible on one of the most desirable Ferrari models ever produced.

To create such a unique car, the F40 spent roughly three months in an Italian paint shop undergoing its comprehensive transformation. To complement the new paint, the seats and headliner were also modified and covered in Cuoio Schedoni-colored alcantara.

Amos also owns a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion and more, so his green F40 should be right at home in a truly bonkers collection.

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Verde Abetone. #AutomobiliAmos #Ferrari #F40 📷 @pietromartelletti grazie

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The infamous Verde Abetone. #AutomobiliAmos #Ferrari #F40

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Painted to perfection, the #AutomobiliAmos ‘ way! #craftmanship #Ferrai #F40 #VerdeAbetone

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One letter, 2 numbers. #AutomobiliAmos #Ferrari #F40 #VerdeAbetone

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Ferrari 488 GTB By Misha Designs Is Absolutely OTT 2
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, tuning on 12 2nd, 2017


Tuning house Misha Designs have released new images of their tuned Ferrari 488 GTB, which was originally presented at the 2017 SEMA Show.

Finished in Satin Lime Green that’s contrasted by the exposed carbon fiber parts, the Italian supercar has a new carbon fiber widebody that increases the 488’s width by 3in (7.6cm) on each side.

The new front and rear bumpers, massive wing, tinted windows, special decals and Savini alloy wheels shod in Toyo tires round up the list of exterior upgrades.

This kit will be available in a limited run of 20 units, and it doesn’t include any mechanical upgrades. Still, if extra power is your thing, you may want to wait for the Prancing Horse to unveil the hardcore version of the 488, which is rumored that it will get the GTO moniker.

Expected to arrive next year, Ferrari’s challenger to the McLaren 720S and Lamborghini Huracan Performante is believed to shed a few pounds from its total weight and put out in excess of 700 HP and 600lb-ft (813Nm) of torque, in addition to other upgrades that are supposed to make it even more agile.

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This Ferrari LaFerrari Doesn’t Mind Going For A Little Swim 2
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari-Videos, Hybrids, Offbeat News, video on 12 2nd, 2017


Relax, no one lost control and ended up in the water or was crazy enough to try and turn Ferrari’s hybrid hypercar into an amphibious machine; but even so, we highly doubt many owners would even think about putting their precious LaFerrari through this.

In fact, it’s interesting to see a LaFerrari stepping out of its comfort zone, even for a few precious seconds. That’s because most of its siblings are locked away for the cold season, and some for most of their lives as their owners are waiting for them to appreciate in order to make loads of money after floating them in the “used” exotic car market.

The short film reminds us of another one, posted on social media last month, where a bunch of exotics, including a LaFerrari and a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, were taken off-roading and got those precious and sexy bodies dirty.

As was the case with that clip, this one may have been inspired by the famous YouTube Channel ‘TaxTheRich‘, which has done a fain number of stunts with numerous high-end cars over the years.

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Ferrari’s Formula 1 Team Loses One Of Its Biggest Sponsors 2
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Ferrari on 12 2nd, 2017


The eldest, and most iconic, team in Formula 1 has just lost one of its biggest sponsors, as Banco Santander has announced the conclusion of its longstanding partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, bringing to an end an eight-year collaboration.

In its place, the Spanish banking giant is embarking on an initial three-year sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League of football (or soccer as we’d call it in America).

“Ferrari and F1, to whom we are very grateful, have played an important role at Santander over the past 10 years,” said Banco Santander Executive Chairman Ana Botín. “We will continue our support of sport because it is a valuable way to contribute to the prosperity of the communities where we work.”

That could include lower-level sponsoring of another team or individual races, as it did with the British Grand Prix from 2007 through 2014, and the Spanish Grand Prix between 2011 and 2013.

The financial institution came to F1 in 2007, when Fernando Alonso first signed with McLaren. It followed him to Ferrari in 2010, but continued sponsoring both rival teams for several years in parallel.

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