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Ferrari impressed the world with its new LaFerrari supercar that it unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. For those of you who didn’t have the chance to be in Geneva, YouTube user, Marchettino, prepared a surprise: a video of the new supercar shot on the show floor.

The video reveals the supercar on both the exterior and the interior, so you will have the chance to admire the amazing design language and the carbon-fiber-wrapped cabin.

As a reminder, the LaFerrari features a hybrid system that combines a 6.3-liter V-12 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 963 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.

The problem is that the new LaFerrari will be limited to only 499 units and will be priced at an astonishing €1.3 million (about $1.7 million at the current exchange rates). It has been rumored that most of the units have already been spoken for.

The unveiling of the Ferrari LaFerrari was met with widespread adulation from all over the world, including in Germany where one aftermarket company didn’t waste time releasing a concept rendering of what the LaFerrari would look like if it got its hands on one.

German tuner, DMC, took to Facebook to show its fans its concept rendering of the supercar. It even came up with a name for it: LaQuattro.

Unfortunately, DMC, like everybody else, will likely have to wait before it can get its hands on the LaFerrari. But knowing how the aftermarket brand works and the reputation it has established as one of the best supercar tuners in the world, don’t be surprised if it somehow gets its hands on a LaFerrari soon.

And when it does, this concept rendering of the "LaQuattro" will more than likely be more than just a figment of our imaginations. Here’s to hoping this actually happens.

We’ll update this review once DMC releases the information on the LaQuattro.

Despite our general expectation, the Ferrari F12berlinetta has received numerous tuning kit since Ferrari dropped it onto the market last year. Mansory will increase this number with the unveiling of a new Stallone kit at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The kit combines light carbon bodywork with an updated interior and the addition of 35 horsepower under the hood.

The aerodynamic kit starts with a completely redesigned front fascia featuring a newly designed bonnet, a down-force-generating front spoiler with special air intakes. The kit also includes new side skirts, a discreet rear wing and the integrated diffuser. The car will now sit on specially designed light forged wheels sized 21 inches at the front axle and 22 inches at the rear axle.

For the interior, Mansory combines the most exclusive leather with stylish stitching and carbon-fiber applications. There is also a new, sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals and illuminated door sill.

Under the hood, Mansory engineers have modified the ECU and added a sports exhaust system that together help increasing the V-12’s output from the standard 740 horsepower to 775 horsepower. Peak torque has also been improved from the standard 508 to 534 pound-feet of torque.

All we need to learn is the price for this conversion and we are going to place an order for it!

Ferrari LaFerrari

Ah, so Facebook does have its uses besides posting random funny pictures, arguing politics and stalking your ex, as we have come across several teaser images from various manufacturers in the past week. Just today we were lurking around on Ferrari’s Facebook page and came across a few images that may pique your interest just a little bit.

The subject matter in the photograph just so happens to be none other than the reclusive and elusive F70, F150 New Enzo , or whatever you call it. Unfortunately, these images really show us next to nothing, but we do get a nice look at the dual tailpipes hanging out of the back end – something everybody knew it would have – and what looks to be a shot from inside the cabin overlooking the sleek, sloping hood. The latter image is likely the most revealing, as we now get a good look at the massive fenders and a little more detail of the front end.

Fortunately, we are on the final countdown to the official unveiling of this Enzo successor. We can’t wait to see the car and find out exactly what Ferrari plans to name its new machine. Check out the gallery below to see the two new images.

Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrari is finally starting to talk about the company’s "new limited edition special series car." A teaser image revealed today shows pretty much nothing, but it confirms the car will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013.

Ferrari revealed no other details on the car, not even the fact that it is talking about a new-generation Enzo , but everyone knows by now what theItalian company has prepared for Geneva.

Known as the new Enzo, F70 or F150, the new limited-edition supercar will be powered by a V-12 normally aspirated direct-injection gasoline engine combined with an electric motor for a total output of more than 900 horsepower. Rumors suggest the model will be priced at about $1.6 million.

The teaser image comes with the promise that starting today, "enthusiasts can find intriguing hints at what lies in store from Ferrari at Geneva, by keeping a daily eye on the Maranello marque’s website and official Facebook pages."

We know the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is set to start next week, but most of you - us included - are tired of all that waiting and really want to see what the Enzo successor , also known as the F70 or the F150 - will look like. If you are a part of this group, we have found something pretty cool for you: a leaked image from the March 2013 issue of Quattroroute Magazine that seems to reveal part of the new F70.

As you can see, the supercar will feature the same headlight style as the 458 Italia, a large front grille and a carbon fiber front spoiler. Also obvious is that monstrous front fender arch that will obviously help channel airflow in a way to increase downforce.

Unfortunately, this is pretty much all the image revealed, but it’s still good enough to help us get a slightly better idea on the upcoming F70. Some people are claiming that this is simply a rendering, but why would it be hiding under a sheet if it is only a rendering? We think this is the real deal, folks.

We will find out if this is real or not next week when the car is finally unveiled in Geneva.

Ferrari LaFerrari

The new Ferrari Enzo - currently known internally as the F150 and to some as the F70 - will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. While the auto show is still a few weeks away, rumors suggest that in Italy the model will be priced at about €1.21 million (about $1.6 million at the current exchange rates). By comparison, back in 2002 Enzo was priced at €665,000 (about $890,000 at the current exchange rates). The model will be limited to only 499 units.

Final specifications on the new Enzo are still to be released, but the Italian maker did promised it will deliver much more than the current F12berlinetta, which delivers a total of 740 horsepower. Still, when compared to the current supercar, the next Enzo will combine a V-12 normally aspirated direct-injection gasoline engine with an electric motor for a total output of more than 900 horsepower.

The model will use lots of carbon fiber in its construction in an attempt to keep the car’s total weight as low as possible.

Full details will follow closer to its official launch in Geneva.

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A day after being named the world’s most powerful brand, Italian automaker, Ferrari , announced even more good news that will make its customers - and stockholders - proud.

In 2012, the Prancing Horse posted the best ever trading period in company history, an across the board improvement that bested their 2008 numbers, and did so despite worse economic conditions. All in all, Ferrari delivered 7,318 cars to its dealership network for the year, a 4.5-percent improvement from their 2011 numbers.

North America accounted for the biggest percentage of that number with 2,058 delivered cars, the first time Ferrari has breached the 2,000-car mark in the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, the Chinese market, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong, saw the second largest number of delivered Ferraris in 2012 with 784 cars followed closely by Germany with 750, Great Britain with 673, and the Middle East and Africa with 556.

As a result of all the delivered Ferraris, revenues also rose by eight percent to 2.433 billion Euro with net profits hitting €244 million ($326 million), a 17.8-percent jump from their numbers a year ago, and overall trading profit up to €350 million ($468 million), an improvement of 12.1 percent.

“We are all enormously proud of ending the year with these kinds of results despite the unfavorable economic backdrop in many European nations, and the distinctly hostile one in Italy,” declared Chairman Luca di Montezemolo. “The credit for this goes to the men and women in Ferrari, the strength of the brand, a very complete and highly innovative range, and our gradual expansion into automotive markets worldwide.”

With such a robust showing in 2012, who knows what the 2013 has to offer for the Italian automaker. One thing we’ve come to know, though, is that if people have any money and they can afford to spend on an exotic, there’s a good chance that they’ll do so on a Prancing Horse.

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Ferrari may not be the most valuable brand in the world - that distinction belongs to Apple - but it sure is the most powerful brand in the world.

That much was alluded to by a recent study conducted by British research firm Brand Finance who determined that the Prancing Horse holds the keys to the car as far as the being the most powerful brand in the world.

Sure, its brand value is only at $3.6 billion, a far cry from the brand values of Apple ($87.3 billion), Samsung ($58.8 billion), and Google ($52.1 billion). In terms of revenue, a key factor in determining brand value, there’s no way Ferrari has the legs to compete with these tech giants.

But according to Brand Finance, once you factor in other important financial metrics (net margins, average revenue per customer, marketing and advertising spend) with qualitative metrics (brand affection, loyalty, emotional attachment), then nobody can unseat Ferrari on the top of the list.

With Ferrari so used to getting compared to other automakers in the industry, being considered the most powerful brand relative to every company in the world is an achievement that’s pretty remarkable. Especially when you’re staring down a top five list that includes Coca-Cola, Google, PwC, and Hermes.

Understandably so, Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo was thrilled about the results of the study. "It is always a pleasure to top any list and still more so when the competition includes some of the world’s most famous companies," he said.

"This achievement proves that even in very tough economic times, Italy can still offer the world businesses of excellence. Behind this acknowledgement are exceptional products made by equally exceptional men and women. They made it possible and for that I thank them."

With all that’s happening in the wonderful world of Maranello these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of Ferrari’s new fleet of supercars.

But don’t overlook the baby of the family, the Ferrari California , because it’s still got some mighty-strong appeal to a lot of aftermarket companies, including Tunerworks Performance.

The word “sublime” is rarely used in the automotive world to describe a car’s visceral appeal, but that word appears appropriate when it comes to the work Tunerworks Performance put in to the California. It’s a comprehensive list really that really adds more pop to the look of the supercar while also giving it a more pronounced handling experience that customers will undoubtedly enjoy.

The most discernible difference Tunerworks gave to the California is the installation of a new carbon-fiber aero kit courtesy of Novitec. The hood has a more dramatic swoop and a larger hood scoop, providing a streamlined look that complements its stature as a Prancing Horse. Smoked OEM markers add a touch of exclusivity to the car, while the handling and performance improvements are taken care of by a host of other upgrades, including a new valved exhaust system, a new lowering suspension setup, and a new set of carbon-fiber and matte-black Novitec three-piece wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires.

Under its hood, the California retains its 4.3-liter V8 engine that produces over 480 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 373 pounds-feet of torque, which is good enough to allow the car to hit 62 mph in less than four seconds with a top speed of about 193 mph.

The lack of any engine upgrades notwithstanding, Tunerworks Performance did a great job giving the California the kind of improved look that can give its new big brothers a run for their money.

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