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Maserati's future Quattroportes will borrow from Chrysler and Ferrari

Maserati’s future Quattroportes will borrow from Chrysler and Ferrari

As part of their aim for 50,000 units sold per year, Maserati is keeping busy by trying to put together the perfect Quattroporte. Long since considered too big for a daily driver, but too small for a chauffeur’s car, the Quattroporte will need to be just right for customers’ consumption. Maserati’s answer to that dilemma is to create two new sedans - the Quattroporte and ’baby’ Quattroporte - at just the right size and to borrow systems and components from Chrysler sedans such as the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Avenger.

So, will the consumers be force-fed re-badged Chryslers? Not according to Maserati. The company has maintained a clear picture of what they want the Maserati to look like and have therefore stuck to borrowing elements from Chrysler that will not be readily seen. Elements such as wiring, air conditioning, passive safety systems, and seat structures will find their way into to the Quattroporte, leaving the overall look purely Maserati.

Details for the future Maserati Quattroporte and ’baby’ Quattroporte after the jump.

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Ferrari Style Motorcycle Helmet by Newmax

Ferrari Style Motorcycle Helmet by Newmax

If you had any more skepticism as to how far Ferrari has expanded its merchandising arm, look no further than this special edition Ferrari helmet courtesy of Newmax.

Truth be told, the helmet isn’t actually for racing purposes, but more so for safety while riding two-wheeled vehicles. Yep, you read that right. Ferrari is getting involved in the dirty and grimy world of scooters, bicycles, and motorcycles by introducing a special edition Ferrari Style helmet designed by no less than fashion icon Newmax.

Ironically speaking, this particular helmet was designed as a tribute to
Ferrari’s historic Maranello tradition. Among the elements that make up this helmet include satin-finish aluminum and metalized thermoplastic details. The helmet has been dressed in a genuine leather trim with an embossed Ferrari logo providing the perfect finishing touch. Its outer shell is made from advanced thermoplastic polymer with a high gloss scratch-resistant finish while the visor is manufactured using injection molded scratch-resistant polycarbonate and offers excellent visibility in all conditions. Likewise, the helmet also comes lined with an anti-allergic and antistatic two-tone Dupont technical fabric just in case you might need it.

The whole point of this Ferrari Style Helmet by Newmax is to give consumers the feeling of Italian stallion leather on their body without actually having to buy an actual car. Together with Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina, the Italian automaker has produced countless of merchandising items, some more fit to their stature than others.

When it comes to safety, though, Ferrari doesn’t take a backseat to anybody, even if it means charging a price tag of €299, or about $420, for a motorcycle helmet.

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First details on Ferrari's next 599

First details on Ferrari’s next 599

Despite what many people have said about the Ferrari FF, a lot of people have taken a liking to the sports car. So much so, in fact, that it has already been sold out for 2011. If rumors circulating the 599 successor end up holding any water, elements from the controversial FF will find their way into the new GT model which is expected to be unveiled next year.

The Ferrari 599 GT will use the same gasoline direct injection V12 used in the FF, but it will be tricked to deliver an impressive 700 HP, up from the FF’s 600 HP. Four-wheel drive won’t be transferring over however as Ferrari has decided to keep the current RWD configuration. The company itself confirmed in a previous statement that an AWD system won’t be used on Ferrari’s ’ultimate’ sporting machines.

Going back to the Ferrari FF, the next version will focus on a reduction of total weight, but this doesn’t mean it will get carbon fiber elements: "The history of aluminum is not finished yet and full carbon fiber structures are still not economically viable for build volumes of more than two or three cars per day."

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Ferrari 458 Italia Pro-tected from Sexy Blonde Bombshell

Forgive us for being fixated with these photos. We can’t help it. We’re just having a hard time figuring out exactly what we love more: the Ferrari 458 Italia or that smoking hot vixen posing with the Italian supercar. We can call it even to spare us all the trouble of picking one over the other. But to be fair, we have to give due props to the people behind these awesome photos.

The shoot comes courtesy of Pro-Tect Film, a company that specializes in distribution, marketing, and installation of Avery Dennison Nano-Fusion Clear Urethane Film for the automotive aftermarket. In layman’s terms, these guys are the ones you call if you need to put additional clear coat protection for your car – luxury, super, or otherwise. The folks over at Pro-Tect Film possess an in-depth knowledge of clear urethane film and how these products can serve as a way to keep your beloved four-wheeled rides free from unnecessary kinks and dinks that only wear and tear can provide. So if you have a car that you’d want to have extra protection – in more ways than one – Pro-Tect Film will hook you up with one of the best kinds of clear coat protection the market has to offer.

Unfortunately, neither the 458 Italia nor the bikini-clad beauty will come with the purchase. Those two are simply eye candy, to which we say, “More, please?”

Special thanks to...

Photographer: Dave Alan

Model: Heather Shanholtz

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2011 Ferrari California Vintage Package

2011 Ferrari California Vintage Package

In an attempt to further entrench themselves to its exclusive customers, Ferrari is launching a new customization program that allows Ferrari owners to have their modern beasts be given a classic touch. Called the Vintage Package, the program is being offered for a wider-range of Ferrari models with the first of these models being the Ferrari California.

Among the aesthetic additions added to the California through the Vintage Package include a unique front grille, door mirrors, and A-pillar trims to go along with special chrome highlights for the side vents. On top of that, the California Vintage Package will also include wheels with a diamond polish look.

Performance specs for the California remain untouched so expect the same 4,300 cc V8 Direct Injection engine that appears in all California models. This particular engine can produce an output of 460 horsepower at 7,750 RPM and 357 lb/ft of torque at 5,000 RPM. Likewise, the engine is mated to a a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with a top speed of 192 mph and a 0-60 mph time of four seconds.

For now, these are the only details of the California Vintage Package that we have. We can only assume that as one of the ’older’ Ferrari models relative to the new line-up the company is coming out with - specifically the 458 Italia and the FF - the California was the easy choice to become the first Ferrari model to be outfitted with the Vintage Package. Nevertheless, we expect an announcement from Ferrari sooner rather than later with all of the details on their newest venture. With the 2011 Geneva Motor Show set to open in a couple of weeks, we’re holding out hope that the announcement regarding Ferrari’s Vintage Package will take place then.

The sooner, of course, the better.

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Maserati confirms SUV for 2012; Ferrari to supply engine

Maserati Kubang

Maserati unveiled the Kubang back in 2003 with the hopes of introducing the world to their version of what an SUV should be. Those plans didn’t exactly pan out and it wasn’t until 2008 that rumors started circulating about Maserati working up an SUV; this time, alongside Audi. This SUV was also dropped and Maserati continued their search for a cohort for their family-toting vehicle. Now, after almost eight years of searching, Maserati has found a way of producing their SUV with the help of a fellow Fiat child: Ferrari.

Maserati’s planned SUV will be built on the same platform as the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Ferrari supplying the engine. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler Group and Fiat, announced that this model should debut sometime in 2012 and will carry a "rock and roll engine," possibly in both V8 and V12 variants.

Could this be Ferrari’s way of entering the SUV segment without actually having their name slapped on the backside of a model? Quite possibly. But more important is the fact that the Porsche Cayenne may have some stiff competition in the near future. We expect a concept version to be revealed at a major auto show this year with a production version to follow in 2012.

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Video: The Art of Building a Ferrari V12 Engine

Video: The Art of Building a Ferrari V12 Engine

The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti has already been written off production, marking the end of the line for a car that was the first V12 Ferrari to be built using an all-aluminum space frame and body-panel construction. Apparently, that sparked an idea within Ferrari to explain the meticulous detail the Italian automaker goes through in building these engines. We thought we could fathom just how detailed and painstakingly exhaustive these V12 engines were to build, but, well, we really had no clue until we saw this.

In this video, Ferrari describes the process of how this particular V12 engine for the 612 Scaglietti is built. From the sophisticated work of casting the main parts that will comprise the engine all the way up to the verification on the test bench and subsequent installation on the car, this video will show just how the recently-discontinued Ferrari 612 Scaglietti received all that power.

So the next time anyone happens to pop open the hood of any Ferrari model, they might want to take a second and look at that engine, and think of the back-breaking process it took to build it from the ground up. It’s a pretty impressive sight, to say the very least.

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 ADV.1 Wheels ensures that the Ferrari F430 rolls deep

ADV.1 Wheels ensures that the Ferrari F430 rolls deep

Some cars are just so inherently awesome that there’s no need to do any added work on them. Don’t get us wrong, adding tuning packages to these types of vehicles doesn’t hurt, but they don’t really need them. It’s kind of like giving a genius a book on something he hasn’t quite mastered yet; not knowing doesn’t make him less of a genius, but knowing makes him that much smarter. The Ferrari F430 fits that bill to a tee. You may have a perfectly spectacular Ferrari in your garage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve on it.

That brings us, of course, to ADV.1 Wheels, one of the best after market rims suppliers this side of the galaxy. Known for their performance, reliability, elegance, and uniqueness, ADV.1’s latest line of Super Deep Concave rims is the perfect cherry on the sundae on your Ferrari 430. The three-piece forged wheels come in four sizes – 19”, 20”, 21” and 22” and are available in two finishes: Brushed gunmetal lip with glass clear and Matte brushed titanium center. You can check out how it fits with the Ferrari F430 through the photo gallery. Be sure to wipe the drool off your faces when you’re done.

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2010 CarGraphic slims down the F430 Scuderia with some new wheels

2010 CarGraphic slims down the F430 Scuderia with some new wheels

When it comes to sports cars, it’s the wheels that have the final word. And while there’s no doubt in our minds that automakers like Ferrari offer some of the most amazing wheels around the world, vehicles can still do better with the help of some skilled tuners. The 430 Scuderia, for instance, is offered with an impressive set of new 10-spoke alloy wheels. However, what was impressive at its launch, isn’t as impressive now that CarGraphic has gotten their hands on this Ferrari.

p>The Ferrari F430 Scuderia is a lightweight version - about 100 kilos lighter - of the standard F430 and CarGraphic has continued with that theme with a new set of 20" alloy wheels. These wheels help the Ferrari achieve that extra weight loss because they are made of lightweight carbon fiber. It’s too bad that the price tag has experienced the same type of weight loss; the cost of these additions is about 7729.05 euro ($10,800).

That may be a little stiff for some, but if you can afford a Ferrari then the cost of these new wheels is just chump change.

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Akrapovic turns the Ferrari 458 Italia's neigh into a beastly snarl

Akrapovic turns the Ferrari 458 Italia’s neigh into a beastly snarl

Let’s face it, as short as it may be, the Ferrari 458 Italia’s history has not exactly been sunshine and roses. And while Ferrari is busy trying to solve its fire problems, the tuners are going with the fiery theme and trying to increase the engine’s output by as much as possible.

Akrapovic, for instance, is offering a new exhaust system that not only makes the 458 Italia sound incredible, but it also increases the engine’s power from 570 HP to 581 HP at 6,370 rpm and the peak torque from 540 Nm to 566 NM at 2,400 rpm. To make the Italia even more spritey, the tuners have also dropped the car’s total weight by 14 kilos (from 1380 kilos to 1366 kilos). We can’t imagine that these changes have not catapulted the sports car’s performance, but the tuner is staying mum in regards to the sprint times or the car’s top speed.

Okay, enough with all that. Turn up your volume, hit the jump, and get ready to listen to the most amazing sound ever. Enjoy! .

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Ferrari V12 engine being sold for $6,000 has a catch

Ferrari V12 engine being sold for $6,000 has a catch

Yes, we know what you’re thinking: a Ferrari V12 engine that costs $6,000, but doesn’t work?

Pass.

While it’s true that car owners looking to make use of this V12 engine will be bitterly disappointed, those who appreciate a nice of work of art will be as thrilled to know that this handcrafted, wooden replica of the V12 engine in the Ferrari 365GTB will be quite an addition to what we imagine to be a wide array of fancy-schmansy art collections.

Admit it, even if you have no use for this, you can’t help but be impressed by the incredible detail and hand craftsmanship this wooden engine has. From the springs, to the screws, to the cylinders, and even the Ferrari name, the artist behind this work of art left no stones unturned to make it look as close to the real thing as possible.

And just to give you a better idea of how he stayed true to his work, this wooden engine is the same size and weight – around 50 lbs – as the real deal.

The Ferrari V12 wooden engine replica is being sold at a ’Buy it Now’ price of $6,000 on Ebay. If you’re interested, best take action as soon as possible before somebody beats you to it.

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Capristo gives the Ferrari 430 Scuderia a little more gallop with a new exhaust system

Capristo gives the Ferrari 430 Scuderia a little more gallop with a new exhaust system

Proving that Prancing Horses can still be given an upgrade or two, exhaust extraordinaire Capristo has come out with a new exhaust system for the Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

Not only does this system allow the car to lose about 24 kilos in weight, but more importantly, the added significance of the lost weight and the upgraded performance of the tuning house’s exhaust combines to give the 430 Scuderia, an already powerful Ferrari by any measure, an added 25 horsepower and 50 Nm of torque.

And to show the Ferrari-loving world just how much of a difference the new exhaust system makes on the 430 Scuderia, the boys at Capristo were kind enough to release a video of the supercar doing some tests before the exhaust was put in, the process of putting their system in the 430 Scuderia, and the resulting difference between the old exhaust and the new Capristo system.

Enjoy!

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