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The Next Ferrari: 5 Historic Nameplates Maranello Could (And Should) Bring Back 4
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari Dino, Ferrari Testarossa, Spotlight on 06 4th, 2017

There was a while there when Ferrari was coming up with new nameplates to go with its alphanumeric model names – or at least drawing inspiration from fresh sources.
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What Next For Maybach? Predicting The Next Likely Uber-Benzes 7
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Maybach, mercedes, Mercedes GLS, Mercedes S-Class, Mercedes S-Class Coupe, Mercedes SL, Mercedes Sprinter, Mercedes-Maybach, Spotlight on 05 7th, 2017

Mercedes-Benz has completely transformed Maybach yet again.

From a stand-alone brand it revived in 1997 to compete with (VW's) Bentley and (BMW's) Rolls-Royce, Daimler has now turned Maybach into a high-end sub-brand, standing alongside AMG in transforming “ordinary” Benzes into even more desirable and expensive sets of wheels.
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These 5 Discontinued Halo Supercars Deserve Successors 6
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M1, Dodge, Dodge Viper, Jaguar, Jaguar XJ220, LEXUS, Lexus LFA, Maserati, Maserati MC12, Spotlight on 05 6th, 2017

The majority of supercars may come from dedicated manufacturers: marques like Lamborghini and McLaren that make nothing but supercars.

Some of the most interesting that have come and gone over the years, however, have been produced by automakers that focus most of their resources on more common forms of wheeled transportation.
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These Are The 5 Most Expensive SUVs You Can Buy Right Now 5
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Land Rover, Maybach, mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes-Maybach, porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover, Spotlight, Tesla, Tesla Model X on 03 5th, 2017

There was a time, not so long ago, when there was a limit to how much you could spend on a sport-utility vehicle. And that limit came under the $100,000 mark. But those times are far behind us.
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See What Happens When Luxury Brands Make Pickup Trucks 19
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Cadillac, Cadillac Escalade, Lamborghini, Lamborghini LM 002, Lincoln, mercedes, Mercedes X-Class, Range Rover, Spotlight, Startech on 02 19th, 2017

The pickup truck is as utilitarian as the automobile gets. And that typically means a low price. But that's beginning to change.
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The 5 Supercars We’re Looking Forward To Most This Year 1
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Chevrolet, Corvette, mclaren, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Pagani, Pagani Huayra, Red Bull, Spotlight on 02 1st, 2017

2016 was a good year for supercars. Over the course of the year, the new Ford GT and Acura NSX commenced production in North America, Ferrari introduced the LaFerrari Aperta roadster, Lamborghini the updated Aventador S, Bugatti the long-awaited Chiron, and McLaren the 675LT Spider that could be its most exciting model to date.

But as exciting as 2016 was, we're looking forward even more to what the 2017 has in store.
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The Last Of The Naturally Aspirated Supercars 28
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vanquish, audi, Audi R8, Ferrari, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Huracan, porsche, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Porsche-911, Spotlight on 01 28th, 2017

Love it or hate it, the naturally aspirated engine is going the way of the Pontiac. There's just too many reasons for automakers to add turbochargers and hybrid systems to their cars for the unadulterated engine to stick around much longer in all but the most isolated of cases.

And that, we're sorry to say, can be seen in no segment more vividly than among supercars.
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Remember When These Boxy Japanese Wagons Were A Thing? 7
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Element, Kia, Kia Soul, nissan, Nissan Cube, Scion, Scion xB, Spotlight on 01 7th, 2017

Automotive trends come and go. These days it's all about oddly shaped crossover (faux) coupes. Before that, carmakers were clamoring to make hard-top convertibles. But a few years back, an unusual breed of boxy hatchback/wagon/crossover/things were all the rage – among Japanese automakers, anyway.
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Remember When These Boxy Japanese Wagons Were A Thing? 7
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Element, Kia, Kia Soul, nissan, Nissan Cube, Scion, Scion xB, Spotlight on 01 7th, 2017

Automotive trends come and go. These days it's all about oddly shaped crossover (faux) coupes. Before that, carmakers were clamoring to make hard-top convertibles. But a few years back, an unusual breed of boxy hatchback/wagon/crossover/things were all the rage – among Japanese automakers, anyway.
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2016 Was The Year For Replacing Supercar CEOs 31
Posted by Carscoops Staff in alfa-romeo, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, mclaren, Spotlight on 12 31st, 2016

2016 will undoubtedly be remembered for a lot of things, even within the confines of the automotive industry.

Hyundai spun off the Genesis line as its own luxury brand. Toyota pulled the plug on Scion. Bugatti revealed the Chiron as the successor to the legendary Veyron. Aston Martin launched the DB11, and with it a new era for the company. But we'll recall 2016 as the year in which exotic automakers replaced their chief executives.
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These Supercars Aren’t Made Where You Think They Are 26
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Acura, Acura NSX, ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Ford, Ford GT, Honda / Acura NSX, mercedes, Mercedes SLR McLaren, Spotlight, Spyker on 12 26th, 2016

The mainstream, mass-market automakers that drive the industry have long since broken beyond the borders of the countries in which they're based.

That Toyota you're driving, for instance, was probably made in America, not in Japan. The Fiat 500 may be quintessentially Italian, but it's made in Poland and Mexico. And despite its all-American image, the Jeep Renegade is made in Italy.
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Nico Rosberg Won’t Be The First Champ To Leave F1 With Title In Hand 13
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Motorsport, racing, Spotlight on 12 13th, 2016

Nico Rosberg shocked racing fans around the world when he announced his retirement so soon after winning the world championship. But he also earned our respect.
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These Euro Cars Were Named After North American Places But Were Never Sold Here 20
Posted by Carscoops Staff in alfa-romeo, Fiat, Fiat Freemont, renault, Renault Alaskan, Seat, Seat Toledo, Spotlight, VW, VW Transporter on 11 20th, 2016

There's no shortage of sources from which automakers' marketing divisions can draw names for their products.

These days alphanumeric designations seem to be taking over, but history is rife with actual nameplates: handles derived from superlatives (like Supra or Integra), animal names (like Mustang or Pantera), or locations (like Yukon or Monte Carlo).
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Smoking Aces: The 5 Best Looking Tobacco Racing Liveries 6
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Motorsport, Spotlight on 11 6th, 2016

We get why tobacco advertising had to be banned. We really do. Smoking is bad, and associating it in consumers’ minds – especially in the impressionable minds of young fans – is not a good thing. But we have to admit to a bit of nostalgia for the days when cigarette brands sponsored racing teams.

It’s not just that tobacco companies have lots of money to throw at marketing and the subsequent positive effects that can have on racing budgets. There are lots of corporations with big advertising budgets – from automakers, rubber producers, and oil refineries to alcohol distilleries, telecommunication giants, and even financial institutions – that are keen to associate themselves with the fast-paced image of motor racing.

More than anything, it’s the racing liveries that tobacco sponsorship produced that we miss the most. Because they were some of the most gorgeous color schemes ever to grace competition automobiles. So divorced (in as much as possible) from the products they conveyed, we’ve assembled this list of some of the most beautiful, most recognizable, and most iconic racing liveries ever to be bred by the tobacco companies that have long since vanished from the racing circuit.


The premier brand in the Philip Morris portfolio has been one of the most prolific sponsors of motor racing. Its white with red chevron livery has adorned McLaren‘s grand prix racers in their heyday, Penske’s cars on the Indy racing circuit, and of course the Scuderia Ferrari. It’s the latter with which the brand was arguably the most inexorably intertwined, to the point that the Marlboro name was part of the Italian outfit’s official racing name for decades – and remained so long after tobacco advertising was banned from motor racing, giving rise to an evolving creativity to convey the brand with its logo increasingly obscured. The relationship between Ferrari and Marlboro has remained so close, in fact, that after a string of team principals failed to put the Scuderia back in the winner’s circle, the tobacco company sent over its own Maurizio Arrivabene to run the team – which he still does two years later.


When we asked you, our loyal readers, a few months ago which team had the best-looking livery on the F1 grid today, the answer was overwhelmingly Williams – sponsored by Martini Racing, with its iconic stripes. Rothmans, we’d argue, had a livery almost as (if not equally) beautiful. The British tobacco brand also sponsored the Williams team – like Marlboro and McLaren, at the height of its success. It also applied its navy and white livery with red and gold stripes to Porsche’s legendary 956 Group C racers at Le Mans, and followed the German automaker into rallying, where it also sponsored Subaru, among others.

John Player Special

While Marlboro and Rothmans extended their sponsorship to numerous teams in multiple racing disciplines, John Player Special focused primarily on its partnership with Lotus. The JPS livery of gold stripes over black was so iconic, in fact, that the reborn Lotus team brought it back in recent years, even without the logos and financial backing of the Imperial Tobacco brand.

Gold Leaf

Though it may not be as widely recognized as those that followed, the first tobacco brand to jump into grand prix racing was Gold Leaf. The sister brand to JPS similarly sponsored Graham Hill’s Lotus 49B as early as the 1968 Monaco Grand Prix, adding its name to that of Team Lotus and applying its red and gold livery – which, to our eye, remains among the most timeless.

Silk Cut

With seven wins, Jaguar ranks as one of the most successful manufacturers ever to compete at Le Mans. Most of those victories came in the 1950s, but it came back again in the late ’80s with a series of XJR Group C racers. They were sleek and fast – and sponsored by Silk Cut. The Japanese tobacco brand applied its purple, white, and yellow livery to a series of the TWR-developed racing coupes that took the checkered flag at Le Mans in 1988 and 1990 and the World Sportscar Championship in ’87, ’88, and ’91 – but not in America, where the IMSA GTP series’ title sponsor Camel forced the Jaguar team to run with secondary sponsor Castrol instead.

Of course these weren’t the only tobacco brands to advertise in motorsports. Brands like Camel, Player’s, West, and Lucky Strike all supported teams in Formula One as well. And that’s just in one series, from which Big Tobacco and its big budgets started disappearing in 2000. For better or worse, we may never see their likes again.

Five Turbocharged V8 Ferraris That Preceeded The GTC4 Lusso T 3
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari California T, Ferrari F40, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Spotlight on 10 3rd, 2016

Ferrari rolled out the GTC4 Lusso T just a few days ago, packing a smaller engine and two fewer driven wheels than the range topping shooting brake. But it’s not the first turbocharged Prancing Horse. Not by a long shot.

The House That Enzo Built introduced its first turbocharged engine back in 1981 for Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi to drive in the Formula 1 World Championship, winning two races before taking back-to-back titles, and in the three and a half decades since, it has developed a succession of turbo V8 road cars available to customers.

Following a 22-year gap in Ferrari’s turbo development, forced induction is now back in Maranello. And downsized though the engines may be, it’s back in a big way. Scroll on down for a brief history of Ferrari’s turbocharged V8 supercars.

208 GTB Turbo

Following the rollout of the 126CK with its turbocharged V6 the previous year, Ferrari extended its new forced-induction technology to the road with the introduction of the 208 GTB and GTS Turbo in 1982. The 208 was based on the 308 launched in 1975, which in turn replaced the six-cylinder Dino 246, and kicked off a string of mid-engined, eight-cylinder models that continues today with the 488. When local taxes heavily penalized cars with engines displacing more than two liters, Ferrari introduced the 208 version in 1980 with a downsized V8 that came in below the cap, but only produced 153 horsepower. With a single turbocharger, the factory increased output to 217, exceeding the cavallino-count of all previous versions save for the final Quattrovalvole version that debuted the same year.

When the 308 range was replaced by the updated 328 (pictured) at the end of ’85, a new GTB Turbo and targa-topped GTS Turbo were offered, employing the same engine to produce 251 hp, coming within spitting distance of the naturally aspirated 3.2-liter V8 and its 270 hp.

288 GTO

More impressive (and more fondly remembered) was the 288 GTO. Widely regarded as the first of Ferrari’s flagship supercars, the 288 was also based on the 308, but this time it applied two turbochargers (not just one) and to the larger 2.9-liter V8 engine. This time output rose to a massive 400 hp, helping the GTO sprint to 60 in five seconds flat. A later Evoluzione version was said to produce as much as 600 hp – unheard of at the time. Maranello developed and homologated the 288 to compete under the FIA’s Group B regulations, but the class was unfortunately eliminated before the GTO ever got to compete.


As disappointed as they must have been in Maranello at the Group B’s demise, Ferrari used the 288 program as a starting point for what could be described as the most iconic of Ferrari supercars of all time: the legendary F40. It wore fresh bodywork fashioned from carbon, Kevlar, and aluminum, punctured by myriad NACA ducts and capped by that signature handlebar rear wing. But underneath was the same basic engine as the GTO, kicking out 471 hp – more than twice what the 208 GTB Turbo offered. Embraced by even the most ardent advocates of analog performance in a digital age, the twin-turbocharged F40 was ultimately succeeded by the naturally aspirated, twelve-cylinder F50.

California T

It would take 22 years for Ferrari to come out with another turbocharged model after the discontinuation of the F40 in 1992 until the launch of the California T in 2014, taking the very different form of a cabriolet with a folding hardtop. Replacing the California and its 4.3-liter atmospheric V8, the California T packed a slightly smaller unit displacing 3.9 liters, but still (like the F40) with eight cylinders and a pair of turbochargers. As a result, output increased significantly from 453 hp to 552 and even more impressively from 358 lb-ft of torque to 557. The six-speed manual option disappeared in the process, offering only the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that debuted on the California four years prior.

488 GTB

Evidently admiring its own work on the California T, Ferrari flipped the engine around and placed it in a revised version of the 458 Italia that it dubbed the 488 GTB. While it was at it, the engineers in Maranello also increased output to 661 hp and 561 lb-ft, eclipsing the California T and the F40 that was the last mid-engined turbocharged Ferrari before it. (With the arrival of the Spider version, the 488 became the first turbo Ferrari to offer multiple bodystyles since the GTB/GTS Turbo.) The result was a Fiorano lap time of 1:23 flat, making this the fastest eight-cylinder Ferrari ever to lap the company’s on-site test track, coming in behind only the twelve-cylinder F12 Berlinetta, F12 TDF and LaFerrari.

GTC4 Lusso T

Where the California T and 488 replaced (relatively) larger V8s with smaller turbocharged ones, the GTC4 Lusso T has stripped away far more. In its latest form, Maranello’s largest model does away with the top version’s innovative all-wheel drive system, drops four cylinders and gives up 2.4 liters of displacement – enough to power a small family car – and seeks to replace them with a pair of turbochargers. That same award-winning 3.9-liter V8 here produces 602 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque, splitting the difference between the versions found in the California T and 488, giving up just 79 hp compared to the twelve-cylinder GTC4 Lusso, but gaining 47 lb-ft of torque to compensate.

As a result, it’s said to lose just 0.1 seconds off the V12 model’s 0-60 time, which is as solid a case for downsizing and turbocharging as we’ve ever seen. Those more enamored of unadultered V12 power, though, will take solace in knowing that the F12 and its successors are slated to stick with twelve naturally aspirated cylinders for as long as Ferrari can hold on.