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It may not seem like it, but the Ferrari 458 is starting to show its age when compared to its competitors’ newest models like the Huracán and 650S . It’s conceivable then that this white stallion prancing around in the snow might be the 458’s replacement.

Caught drifting around snow banks in Northern Sweden, this Ferrari test mule is definitely helping develop something. The first and most noticeable thing are the front fenders. It looks like some engineer needed more room to mount snow tires, so a Sawzall was used to open up the wheel wells. Around the side, black tape seems to be holding body panels together just forward of the rear tire. We’re not too sure what’s going on here, but Ferrari certainly has something up its sleeve.

We suspect the 458’s replacement would generate more power than the current car and matching, or more likely, exceeding the 610 horsepower from the Lamborghini Huracán and getting close to the 640-horsepower output of the McLaren 650S McLaren 650S . A dual-clutch transmission is an inevitable return, and could either the be same seven-speed unit the 458 currently has or perhaps Ferrari is working on a unit with more gears. Only time will tell.

This does seem to be a very early prototype in the 458 replacement program, given it’s the first one photographed and its body panels are ill-fitting. Keep posted to TopSpeed for any developing information.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Successor.

If you are one of the rarified individuals that spends your time deciding which six-figure watch to wear to work today, you are likely a huge fan of the Robb Report; the magazine dedicated to only the most luxurious and interesting spectacles of consumerism, culture and travel in the world. Now in its 21st year, the Robb Report Car of the Year award has become quite the top prize for high-end automakers like Aston Martin , Bentley and Lamborghini . The winner this year, chosen by the largest percentage of voters ever, was the incredible Ferrari F12berlinetta .

The Robb Report Club, a collection of readers and top executives made up the 100-member-strong judging panel to choose between a collection of machines that included the likes of the Aventador Roadster , M6 Gran Coupe , SRT Viper and much more. Hands down though, the judging team agreed that Ferrari’s monstrous V-12 power, exquisite road-handling abilities and high level of design and craftsmanship held it aloft the competition.

For a full run down of the whole competition, as well as the voting totals, you can pick up this month’s issue of the Robb Report in stores now, or you can download the special interactive digital version. Here is the full collection of contenders, excluding the Ferrari , listed in finishing order.

Audi R8 V10 Plus
Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster
Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
BMW M6 Gran Coupe
Bentley Flying Spur
Porsche Cayman S
Porsche Panamera Turbo
Jaguar F-Type V8 S
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
Mercedes-Benz S550
Maserati Quattroporte GTS
Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography
SRT Viper GTS.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari F12berlinetta.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has big plans for Alfa Romeo now that the brand’s direction has been set. Determined to bring Alfa back to profitabilty, the Italian auto conglomerate is looking for help within its ranks, namely that of Ferrari .

Fiat’s plan is pretty clear now that interest in the Alfa Romeo 4C has increased attention to the entire Alfa line. It’s out with old and in with the new, it seems, now that plans to develop a whole spate of Alfa vehicles are in the horizon. The plan includes a new line of rear-wheel-drive sedans and SUVs to supplement the 4C with a target date set for 2016.

But there’s more, or at least Fiat has more in store for Alfa other than the new standard model lineup. High-end versions of Alfa Romeo will also be produced, and that’s where Ferrari comes into the picture.

Reports indicate that these models will use engines developed by Ferrari with the intention of building more performance-oriented vehicles besides the 4C. Could there be an Alfa supercar in the future?

No word on that yet, but Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has made no bones about his intention of turning Alfa around. And with the company boasting more resources now that Chrysler is in the mix, the time has come for all that planning to come to fruition.

It’s now or never for Alfa Romeo and with it comes an all-hands-on-deck attitude for the entire company. Everyone’s going to get involved to bring the company back from the dead, and with six new Alfas planned for the next five years, the plans are finally being set into motion to see whether Alfa still has some juice left on it.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Alfa Romeo SUV

As one of the world’s most esteemed brands, Ferrari is no stranger to getting involved with weird lawsuits. But this time, the Maranello-based company has found itself in a humdinger of a legal battle with a 21-year-old amateur racer. The issue at hand? Control of a Ferrari fan page on Facebook.

According to Bloomberg, 21-year-old Sammy Wasem and his father Olivier have filed a criminal complaint against Ferrari SpA over accusations that the latter engaged in copyright infringement on a Ferrari fan page the younger Wasem started when he was 15 years old. Not to be outdone, Ferrari has also taken the steps to sue the Wasems, claiming that on their part, the two misused the company’s trademark to advertise non-Ferrari merchandise on its website, not to mention touting the brand on items like Wasem’s 18th birthday celebration.

This case is peculiar on so many levels, notwithstanding the obvious oddity of a fight involving a Facebook fan page. But it also has far-reaching consequences to a lot more people, largely because of how it can define the line that crosses violating somebody’s freedom of expression on social media.

As far as Ferrari is concerned, the issue it has is with people who, according to spokesman Stefano Lai, "try to use Ferrari’s intellectual property to make money out of it,” an accusation that the company is apparently throwing the direction of the Wasems despite objections by Olivier Wasem that he and his son made no money selling merchandise on the site.

For them, the fan page was merely an expression of Sammy’s love for the Maranello brand, and when it grew to become one of the biggest Ferrari fan pages on Facebook, it caught the attention of Ferrari, who in turn, sent the Wasems an email on March 2009, informing them that it was "taking over formal administration of the fan page".

At first, the Wasems agreed to turn the site into the official fan page for Ferrari, but on the understanding that they would receive financial compensation for their efforts in improving the fan page. But the money never came, four years after they lost their administration rights, hence, the civil lawsuit that was filed in February 2013, demanding Ferrari to pay them owed compensation, amounting to around $11 million for 5,500 hours of work.

I have a mild issue with the numbers the kid and his dad are tossing out. First of all, 5,500 hours since the age of 15 means that he spent 17 hours per week working on the Facebook page. I find that a little outlandish. Secondly, doing the math on the amount they are suing for and the amount of time spent on the site (per their claims) that amounts out to $2,000 per hour... Yeah, that’s a little much, folks.

As it stands, the case is now in the hands of a Geneva prosecutor who, in turn, will determine what kind of action is going to be taken next.

Click past the jump to read about Ferrari’s latest model: the California T

Source: Bloomberg

Remember Ferrari World , the self-themed attraction park Ferrari built in Abu Dhabi? Well, the Italian automaker is at it again with a second theme park slated for construction in Barcelona, Spain. Ferrari signed a licensing agreement with Investindustrial to build Ferrari Land inside one of Europe’s biggest theme parks, PortAventura.

Ferrari Land will cover some 807,300 square feet alongside PortAventura’s already massive park and include a luxury five-star hotel with 250 rooms, a host of classy restaurants, and of course, Ferrari-themed rides. Not to mention, the project planners have something up their sleeves to compete with Ferrari World’s record-setting fastest roller coaster – Europe’s highest and fastest vertical accelerator.

The project represents a &euro100 million (about $139,000,000 at current exchange rates) investment and looks to attract even more visitors to the PortAventura park. Last year alone, PortAventura saw 4 million visitors walk through their gates with more half of those coming from outside of Spain .

Ferrari Land is set to open in 2016 to an ever-growing legion of followers as the world’s most powerful brand continues to expand its reach to folks who perhaps might otherwise not be able to enjoy the joys of Ferrari ownership.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Ferrari’s future PortAventura theme park.

Ferrari has never been shy about its muscle-flexing tendencies so it comes as little surprise, at least to us, that Maranello appears to be building a special-edition LaFerrari. As if the LaFerrari isn’t special enough.

Apparently, Ferrari is tinkering with the idea of building a LaFerrari specialist because the exclusive supercar was pretty damn hard to buy. It sounds confusing but demand for the LaFerrari was so high that those who couldn’t buy one were all left clamoring for the company to make some more. Little did they know that Ferrari was already thinking about appeasing these people after CEO Luca di Montezemolo let the cat out of the bag at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show .

According to Autocar, Montezemolo said that a lot of Ferrari’s customers were "disappointed not to be able to own a LaFerrari," but quickly followed that up by saying "we expect to have something special to offer them soon."

So what is this "something," exactly?

The first car that came to our mind was the LaFerrari EVOXX . To be fair, the company has given no indication that it’s building a track-focused version of the already powerful LaFerrari, but we know Maranello’s tendencies, specifically when it comes to showing the world just how awesome it is. So we’re confident that an EVOXX is in the cards for the LaFerrari at some point in the future. Could this be what Montezemolo was alluding to when he talked about "something special?"

We won’t know until a confirmation is made, but we certainly won’t be surprised if the LaFerrari EVOXX comes to fruition. Until then, you can see our earlier rendering of what we thing the LaFerrari EVOXX would look like.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari LaFerrari.

Source: AutoCar

The wait is finally over as Ferrari releases these official images and information on the new California T – the front-engine, hardtop convertible, grand tourer that’s the least-expensive prancing horse in the Italian automaker’s stable. The news drop comes weeks before the California T’s official live debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.

The new California has undergone some drastic changes with this redesign. It’s still the same 2+2 sports car, but its appearance is much more striking. Sharper lines add a certain crispness to its exterior and new interior comforts make the idea of long weekends on the road even more enticing.

The big news, however, is what lurks under the hood: a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 featuring a host of power-adding, fuel-sipping technologies like direct injection and Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management. Producing a potent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque, the new California T will hit 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

It replaces a car that was frequently criticized for its softness and lack of Ferrari-ness. Debuting for 2009 , the California featured a naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V-8 that made 460 horsepower and 357 pound-feet of torque. Much of the commotion came over that engine’s placement – a mid-front position – which was a first in the automaker’s long history. Nevertheless, the car sold fairly well with its lower-than-average asking price.

With these new updates and its more aggressive styling, the new California T will likely appear to more Ferrari enthusiasts and remain a sales leader for the brand. Naysayers will assuredly find themselves in a cloud of turbocharged dust.

Updated 4/24/14: The California T was just named the “2014 The Most Beautiful Automobile Award China” at an event organized by Car and Driver in Beijing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ferrari California T

Rev battles are pretty common in the supercar world, especially when people want to play "which is better" among competing models.

There are times though when the subject of these rev wars are supercars wearing the same badge. Even rarer is when these supercars who wear the same badges are actually the predecessor/successor to one another.

That’s what we have here with the Ferrari Enzo and the Ferrari LaFerrari , two of Maranello’s fastest and most powerful supercars. We all know that the LaFerrari traces its lineage to the Enzo, the ultra limited, exotic Ferrari built back in 2003 to showcase what happens when you put Formula One technology into a street-legal car.

A full decade later, the LaFerrari was born and, similar to the Enzo, it became the epitome of Ferrari engineering.

So excuse us if we admit to salivating at the sight and sounds of these two uber hypercars try to one-up each other in engine noise. Don’t worry, we won’t judge any of you if feel the same way.

As always, the best way to enjoy this video is to turn up the volume, sit back, relax, and hit play.

Kimi Raikkonen is one of the best drivers in the world, so to see him lose control of a road-going car is a little odd. Then again, when that road-going car so happens to be the mighty Ferrari LaFerrari , we can understand how he lost control. With 963 horsepower on tap and a car that he likely has little seat time in, he’s lucky that the spinout was as small as it was.

With the near tragedy aside, the above video, which is courtesy of one of my favorite YouTube folks Marchettino, is chock-full with tons of accelerations, decelerations, fire breathing and flybys from the top-line prancing horse . And man that thing sounds sicker than ever.

Kick back and crank up the volume, because this one is freaking awesome. And pay close attention to the glow coming from the rotors, as this is a clear indicator of just how hard Kimi pushed the supercar — as if the near wreck wasn’t enough of an indication.

The wait is almost over as Ferrari teases us once again about their new car debuting tomorrow. The swooping line drawing above shows a few promenade features that all but promise us a new California .

Adding to the suggestion is Ferrari’s codename for the upcoming car: 149M. Like we said before, that codename is awful close to the California’s chassis code of F149 and in previous Ferrari updates, they’ve tacked on an M to chassis codes to represent “Modified.”

We’ve already reported this “modified” version of the California is said to be powered by a new twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 making 560 horsepower. Outward appearances will change too, with a more F12-inspired look, including a more aggressive grille and headlights that recall something between an F12 and FF . The F12 look will continue out back as the rear fascia is said to share many of its characteristics.

The California’s new interior is also getting a healthy update in the infotainment department with rumors of Apple’s iOS In The Car making its appearance. Other changes to the cockpit will likely be rather dramatic, as Ferrari revamps one of its most popular (and least expensive) supercars for the last half of this decade.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you all the nitty-gritty information from Ferrari as soon as it becomes available.

Click past the jump for more on the Ferrari California


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