Although it is not the first time that Ferrari introduced a twin-turbocharged V-8, probably none before it created so many waves as the engine in the 488 GTB. With 0.6 liter less displacement than the screaming 4.5-liter V-8 in its predecessor, the new twin-turbo V-8 in the 488 GTB is a downright monster from just about every angle. Yours truly is not very fond of the more muffled exhaust sound compared with the high-revving V-8 in the 458 Italia, but I can certainly appreciate the engineering behind the new powerplant.
With an output of 661 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, it is clearly an improvement in performance. It also features much improved fuel economy – which is actually the whole idea behind a turbocharged Ferrari nowadays. Even though it is turbocharged, the 3.9-liter V-8 reaches peak power at a stratospheric 8,000 rpm, while Ferrari brags that the response time to the accelerator pedal is only 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm. If that isn’t impressive I don’t know what is.
Not only that, but Maranello engineers have created a different torque mapping for each of the seven gears in the transmission, so the optimal amount of power reaches the pavement when needed. The footage above will not give you any extra information about the 488 GTB or its engine, but it should be interesting to see just how many people were looking forward to the model’s launch at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
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.
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 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."
Remember when Ferrari threw a fit back in December when a teaser of the Ferrari F70 was leaked during an event in China? It took them over two months, but now it appears that the Italian automaker is embracing the leaked teaser, releasing a clearer version of it on their official Instagram account.
The photo was accompanied by a message from Ferrari that pretty much confirms what we’ve all known for quite some time now: it’s coming to the Geneva Motor Show.
"Geneva Motor Show I am coming to take your hearts away," the text said, before adding that the "Most Powerful HyperFerrari on its way to take your breath away, a hypercar which can eclipse any competition. Formula1 technology direct inherited into this masterpiece, a car which can turn into a corner as quick as a Formula1 car, a car packed with downforce as a real Formula1 car."
If there ever was any clearer indication of Ferrari’s intention with the F70, the hashtag they ended their message with pretty much makes it clear: #destroythecompetition.
At least they’re not shy about it.
When Lamborghini released the 700-horsepower Aventador that sprinted to 60 mph in only 2.9 seconds, Ferrari knew it had to step up its game, or it would start losing the supercar supremacy battle very quickly. The aging 599 GTB was an awesome car, in its prime, but with its relatively sloth-like 3.7-second sprint to 60, it was no match for the mighty raging bull.
With the Aventador already on the market and selling relatively well, Ferrari took to the drawing board and came up with a machine that it planned to have the power and speed of the Lambo, but the Ferrari plushness that its customers insisted on. This new car ended up being the F12berlinetta, a supercar unlike any that the world has ever seen and power to match its looks.
So, how exactly does the Ferrari F12berlinetta – odd name and all – stand up to the raging bull? We’ll take a deeper look into this plush supercar and see if it has the goods to fend off the bull and take home the title.
Updated 11/14/2014: Ferrari unveiled a new video featuring Kimi Raikkonen behind the wheel of the new F12berlinetta on the Fiorano race track. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read our full review on the all-new F12berlinetta and see how it stacks up.
After a long array of teasing, Ferrari has finally revealed the official details on their new successor for the 612 Scaglietti. Called the FF - an acronym for Ferrari Four (four seats and four-wheel drive), the new model is the company’s most powerful, versatile four-seater ever, as well as its first ever all-wheel drive car.
The concept car was designed by Pininfarina, and according to Ferrari "the new car represents not so much an evolution as a true revolution." The new model will deliver "unprecedented level an extremely sporty, high-performance character with incredible versatility, superb comfort and sophisticated elegance, guaranteeing both driver and passengers an absolutely unique driving experience."
The new Ferrari FF GT sports car concept made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and a production version will follow by 2012.
UPDATE 03/14/2011: If the new Ferrari FF happens to be in your future acquisitions list, then you should try the configurator Ferrari has just placed online for it. However, we should warn you, no matter what color you choose, the car won’t look any better.
UPDATE 05/07/2012: Ferrari is celebrating 60 years of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II’s reign with a very cool video featuring the new FF. Ferrari will be at the very heart of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant with a series of classic and contemporary models.
UPDATE 10/16/12: The first production Ferrari FF has been sent to its owner in the Netherlands. YouTube user SpotterGijs managed to get a glimpse of the first production FF meeting its new owner. Hop on over after the jump to check out the video!
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Ferrari FF.
The new F12berlinetta is the result of a cooperation between the Ferrari Styling Center and Pininfarina. It looks like to carry over design elements from the Ferrari FF and the Ferrari California, but combined with sleek, aggressive lines that offer a more sporty appearance.
Since the F12berlinetta was designed to be the most powerful high performance Ferrari road car ever created, the company’s traditional transaxle layout had to be modified. The wheelbase was shortened and (...)
Ferrari has announced the official results for the 2011 year and it has been a very impressive year for the company: they have announced a profit of 312.4 million euro. But this is not the only good news coming from Italy: Ferrari has confirmed the unveiling of a new V12 supercar at the Geneva Motor Show. They offered no other details on the car, but considering the latest rumors, for sure they are talking about the successor for the 599 sports car - or 620 GT as it is believed to be called.
"We can only be satisfied with these results, – declared Chairman Luca di Montezemolo. – They were achieved against an economic backdrop that remains challenging, particularly in Europe. They are the fruit of heavy investment and a culture of innovation that covers all areas of the business. Our international expansion continues and Ferrari today has a network covering 58 nations. We now have a complete range of models which will be joined in a few days time at the Geneva Show by a new 12-cylinder. A revolutionary new car that delivers extreme performance and unprecedented power output."
After being rumored for quite some time, the Ferrari California Handling Speciale has officially been introduced almost a full month before its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The first details offered by Ferrari are that the Handling Speciale will be 66 lbs lighter and will deliver 30 HP more than the standard model.
The new Ferrari California Handling Speciale is equipped with new exhaust manifolds and, after some engine mapping, the V8 engine now delivers a total of 490 HP and a peak torque of 372 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm. Ferrari also used plenty of aluminum, as well as construction technologies used by the Scaglietti Center of Excellence to offer the decrease in weight and maximize the increase in power. This translates to a more dynamic and faster vehicle with a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 3.8 seconds.
Handling is also improved modifications to the suspension set-up that minimize body roll and make the car even more responsive to driver inputs. Magnetorheological dampers controlled by even faster ECU (-50% response time) running patented Ferrari software are also added to the mix for better response, with stiffer springs for more precise body control and a more comfortable ride. Finally, the California benefits from faster turn-in with smaller steering wheel angles thanks to a new steering box with a 10% quicker steering ratio.
Updated 05/11/2012: Ferrari has unveiled a new video presenting the technical details behind their new California. Enjoy!
While the Ferrari 599 will still beat on in the hearts of many, the Italian sports car’s run will be coming to an end after over six years of production. But fear not, Ferrari lovers, a new replacement - codenamed "F152" - is hitting the asphalt and is expected to race into the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March for its official debut. Sales should begin shortly thereafter.
The 599 replacement will be built on an all-new chassis and will borrow design elements from both the 2012 Ferrari FF and the Ferrari California. The model will get modified bumpers and new headlamps, a modified bonnet, and a new exhaust system with tips that sit higher than on the current 599.
The Ferrari "F152" will be powered by a direct injected 6.3-liter V-12 - the same as in the the FF - with a total output of 700 HP. The engine will be combined with a rear-wheel drive system and the Ferrari’s latest seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Typically, a sports car zooming past you in a bumblebee-type yellow attracts more attention than Charlie Sheen at a porn star convention. Now looking at the Ferrari 458 Italia in all of its pure awesomeness, one would think that same idea would apply. However, Mansory has shown us that this indeed isn’t the case with their new 458 Italia tuning package called the Mansory Siracusa, revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
In what seems to be an effort to douse the Ferrari in a color that resembles alien vomit, Mansory has chosen a yellow and black color scheme for the exterior and interior of the vehicle. Then the tuner attached an outrageous bodykit turning the beautiful 458 into a reject getaway car for our green, out-of-this-world friends.
One of the few redeeming qualities of the Mansory Siracusa is the insane weight reduction attained thanks to the abundant use of carbon fiber. Each single element of the aerodynamic design is manufactured in perfect surface quality and exactly fitted to the automobile. You can only imagine what that does to the power output. This is the place where the Mansory Siracusa wins us over, albeit with our eyes closed.
UPDATE 03/04/2011: Don’t like the strange yellow covering up the Mansory Siracusa? Well, one of our readers agreed and has offered it up in a tasty red. Check it out after the jump!
A big thanks to reader, Apackofweasels!
Hit the jump to read more about the Mansory Siracusa.