While other companies are trying to increase sales in any possible way, Ferrari is content maintaining exclusivity, even if this means less units built annually. In a recent interview, Luca di Montezemolo announced that Ferrari plans to remain an exclusive maker, so even though it sold a total of 1,798 road cars in the first quarter of 2013, by the end of the year production will be kept to below 7,000 units.
Talking about this year’s sales number, he said that when compared to the same period of last year, sales increased by 4 percent and revenues jumped by 8 percent up to a total of €551 million ($714 million). The company’s net profit also increased by 36.5 percent to €54.7 million ($70.9 million).
During the interview, Montezemolo said: "I want Ferrari to remain exclusive. A Ferrari is like a beautiful woman, she must be worth waiting for and desired. I base my ideas on what I learned from Enzo Ferrari, if we produce less cars, we will not flood the market and it makes our used cars more desirable too."
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The new package starts with a lowered suspension and features a new front section and rear styling details painted in black. The car sits on Monza forged alloy wheels finished in any desired color with black painted calipers peeking through the rims.
For the exterior, the tuner opted for a very nice Grigio Alloy paint and replaced the fabric roof with a new, folding hardtop. The roof folds in 14 seconds, and is 25 kg (55 pounds) lighter than the original top.
For the interior, the only update offered is the addition of a luxurious Nero trim. As usual, Kahn offers its clients the possibility to opt for any desired color, leather or any other imagined material.
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Apparently, that wasn’t an accident because Revozport also did work on the California. Say hello to the RZF-California aero kit.
Like the F12berlinetta, the California also received numerous aerodynamic components from the Hong Kong-based tuning company. Enough to even turn some heads in the direction of the senior supercar in Ferrari’s lineup.
It’s easy to ignore the California these days because it doesn’t carry the same styling language as the rest of the lineup. But with Revozport’s program, you won’t have to worry about your California being left out of aftermarket-program fun.
And to its credit, Revozport did a pretty impressive job on the supercar, giving it a more refined look while also providing enough downforce to allow the California to make the most of its 4.3 liter V-8 engine that nets 483 horsepower and 373 pound-feet of torque.
Click past the jump to read more about Revozport’s program for the Ferrari California
The Ferrari F12berlinetta looks and performs like its ready to throw down with nearly any supercar on the planet. To be honest, it really doesn’t need any aesthetic upgrades because it already looks pretty darn special.
But don’t tell that to tuning company Revozport who decided to give the F12berlinetta a new styling program that provides a more elegant look while retaining the classic styling of the supercar. It even gave the program a name: the RZF-12.
It’s definitely an acquired taste, especially for the price Revozport is charging for it (check that one out after the jump). Plus, it doesn’t have a performance upgrade, which means that the F12berlinetta retains its 6.3-liter V-12 engine that produces 740 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque with a 0-to-60 mph time of just 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.
We won’t blame you if you passed on this aftermarket kit, but if you had the money to spare, plus an F12berlinetta for that matter, then you might find the appeal in it.
Click past the jump to check out Revozport’s new carbon fiber components for the Ferrari F12berlinetta
Just yesterday we mentioned a rumor suggesting there will be an extreme version of the recently announced LaFerrari supercar. However, Ferrari officials have denied those rumors and reported that we are not going to get something more extreme than the LaFerrari.
According to the Italian company, the man who sparked the rumors, LaFerrari’s chief designer Flavio Manzoni, got the wrong idea. In a recent interview with AutoCar, he reported that there are lots of design elements Ferrari didn’t used in the LaFerrari, but they will be included in future Ferrari models, including in a more extreme version of the model.
However, it looks like such a car is "easily done, but it’s not the case." Meaning that Ferrari has no plans for a model placed above the LaFerrari and such a model is or never was under discussion. So we guess we are not going to get our LaFerrari EVOXX after all! At least that’s what the super-secretive supercar builder claims
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Nothing surprises us anymore when it comes to Ferrari. Its relentless pursuit of building some of the world’s most extreme supercars knows no bounds.
And after Autocar reported that there are plans to build an extreme version of its newest hypercar, the LaFerrari, it all seemed par for the course for the Italian automaker.
With the LaFerrari limited to just 499 units, Ferrari wants to build an even more exclusive version of the 963-horsepower hypercar. That’s what Flavio Manzoni, the LaFerrari’s chief designer, told Autocar. Could this possibly be the LaFerrari EVOXX that we spoke of back in March?
“When we were producing the original design proposals for LaFerrari,” said Manzoni, “there was one proposal that I thought was especially beautiful. So we decided to keep that one back for something truly special in the future.”
That "something truly special" appears to be this mystery hypercar that could pack well north of 1,000 horsepower. Talk about its exclusivity should be one of the most important details of this vehicle; Manzoni estimates that no more than 10 could be built with an estimated price tag of anywhere between £3 million ($4.67 million) and £5 million ($7.78 million).
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Okay, if you grew up through the 1980s and 1990s – yes I am dating myself here – with The Price is Right, then you likely remember that most of the cars they gave away are essentially junk by today’s standards. We can all hear the late Rod Roddy saying “A brand new car; this 1985 Chevrolet Citation…” etcetera, etcetera. When we see these reruns today, we all laugh our tails off, but the contestants were more than happy to get their 1980s econo-crapboxes.
Fast-forward 20-plus years and now we have the once-famous-now-reduced-to-riding-Bob-Barker’s-coattail Drew Carey hosting the show and prizes are equally as modern as that 1985 Citation once was. Still, we never saw a super-cool car offered up by the Price is Right folks – until now. The car offered up as the grand prize for winning “Three Strikes” in the above video was a Ferrari 458 Italia – yeah, the $285k supercar.
Unfortunately for the lady that was playing for the prize, she was given the hook in short order, thanks to three quick strikes. Then again, maybe it was a blessing, considering the taxes alone on this supercar would be nearly $25,000.
Check out the video above to see the action. If you don’t want to wait through the entire video, you can skip to the good part at about the 3-minute mark.
Click past the jump to see some of the crappy cars The Price is Right has given away
The new 2014 LaFerrari is no doubt the most amazing car we have seen this year, as it combines a stunning design language with tons of horsepower under the hood. And when it comes to designing great watches inspired by Ferrari’s design language, the folks over Hublot do an amazing job.
Its latest creation - the MP-05 "LaFerrari" is a wristwatch worthy of its name. Not only because it features a great look, but the new MP-05 watch also scored a new world record by way of a 50-day power reserve.
The watch was designed entirely in parallel with the car, alongside the Ferrari team. It features 637 components for the movement, a Tourbillon and 11 barrels arranged in a line just like a spinal column.
Hublot designed a complex-shaped sapphire crystal reminiscent of the Laferrari’s outline, as well as an open case-back made from black PVD titanium. What is very interesting on the new MP-05 "LaFerrari" watch is the original display: on the right side of the barrels you will see the hour and the minute, and on the left side the power reserve.
The new MP-05 "LaFerrari" will be limited to only 50 units. The price isn’t available online, but you can head to Hublot’s website to find a retailer near you.
Hit the jump to read full MP-05 "LaFerrari" technical details and a promo video for the watch.
A few days ago, the Dubai Police took delivery of a patrol car unlike any other: a Lamborghini Aventador. Today it’s time for another supercar to join its fleet: a Ferrari FF. This special FF costs around 2 million Emirati Dirham (about $544,000 at the current exchange rates).
The two models have been added to the police fleet in an attempt to "enhance security on the roads in accordance with highest international standards and technical developments," according to an official statement coming from Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police Chief. Both supercars will be used to provide best road security in different areas of Dubai.
Just like with the Aventador, the new FF Police Car is painted in a cool white paint with green stripes - official colors in the Emirates. It also features lots of sirens and for the interior it will most likely be offered with all the gadgets required by a police vehicle.
Since last year, rumors have been floating around that Ferrari is going to unveil a new-generation California soon. Quite a strange move from the Italian company, considering the model was unveiled just five years ago. However, with the California being the most successful model in its lineup, we can’t blame Ferrari for wanting to keep it fresh and updated.
Rumors suggested that the second-generation California will use a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and the latest prototype caught testing by Marchettino at the Fiorano racetrack in the above video adds some substance to these rumors. Listen closely from low engine speeds and you can hear the faint whistling from the engine.
It is believed that the engine will be the same used in the new-generation Maserati Quattroporte - not a big surprise, considering it has been developed in cooperation with Ferrari. This new engine will deliver a little bit more power over the current generation, so we will likely see a 500-horsepower California when the second-gen model rolls out.
The new generation Ferrari California is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year.