If someone had told you up to a decade ago that in 2014 there will be a mass-produced premium sedan that runs purely on electric current, offers seating for seven (5+2), has two luggage compartments, looks as elegant as a Maserati and can not only keep up with, but can actually beat a V-12 Ferrari in a drag race, would you have believed him? I know I wouldn’t have, but the following video will prove that everything above is both true and terrifying at the same time.
We chose the word "terrifying" because that is pretty much what this video seems to depict. At around the 37-second mark you will get the chance to see how a Ferrari 550 (or 575M Maranello) gets downright obliterated by a whirling 2015 Tesla Model S P85D. It is not exactly a fair race, obviously, with the Ferrari having between 485 horsepower and 508 horsepower (if standard), while the Tesla flagship makes good use of no less than 691 horsepower and all-wheel drive.
Either way, the results of the impromptu and short drag race are eye-popping, with the Tesla driver also mentioning in the video description that the unbelievable acceleration of the car actually made him order one for himself. As extra info, the guy doing the test drive is a young millionaire with a Lamborghini Aventador as his daily-driver, so the fact that he was blown away by the P85D’s acceleration only makes the whole situation even more spectacular.
The video description also mentions a short drag race between the guy’s Aventador and the Tesla, whose result is also a bit on the surprising side, as the Model S apparently was ahead of the Lamborghini up to around 50 to 60 mph, after which the Italian missile reeled in the electric sedan. Not bad for something that weighs as much as a large SUV and has a power source similar to your smartphone.
Please, if you pray to any automotive deities, begin thanking them profusely for the news you are about to hear. Ferrari has confirmed that there will be no SUVs or sedans in its portfolio. Autocar has a report with quotes from the outgoing boss of Ferrari, Luca de Montezemlo, and his interim replacement and Fiat boss, Sergio Marchionne, stating that Ferrari will continue to be a creator of high-end sports cars. Marchionne himself stated Ferrari would "make two-door sports cars not SUVs or four-door cars."
This wonderful piece of news was shared during Ferrari’s press conference at the Paris Motor Show. Other interesting tidbits of information from the event include the dismissal of the rumor that Marchionne wanted to increase Ferrari’s yearly sales to 10k units. Based on this report, it actually seems that the most polarizing issue between de Montezemolo and Sergio Marchionne is the Formula One team. Marchionne claimed that putting Ferrari in the top spot in F1 was a "non-negotiable objective."
As sad as it is to see Luca de Montezemolo leave, it is refreshing to hear that many of the worrying rumors surrounding Marchionne’s plans for the Prancing Horse brand seem to be incorrect. There will be no 10k-unit sales boost, there will be no sedan, and there will be no SUV. All good things to my ears. Now let’s see how serious he was about getting Ferrari to the top of the Formula One podium.
Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s future plans.
Ferrari will have five new cars to release in the next five years. And that number doesn’t include special editions, one-offs or anything like that. Doesn’t that sound super amazing?!
Well it does sound cool, but the news is not as big as it sounds. Ferrari has been on a yearly update schedule for quite a while now. That is simply their main business plan. Every year we get a revised model, and every four years, that model gets a heavy update. So we had things like the 599 GTB that became the 599 GTO. For the current lineup, we got the California, then the 458, the FF came after that, and now we have the F12 Berlinetta. Then the cycle began its repeat with this year’s California T, the first major refresh. Next year should see a faster, modified version of the 458 arrive.
Ferrari is also still enforcing its 7,000-car maximum production limit, so there won’t be any more available than there already are. I think the really big takeaway from the announcement was the fact that Ferrari said they are still exclusively using V-8 and V-12 engines. There were rumors of something like a forced induction V-6 in a potential 458 update, so those are now basically dead. Ferrari also is not going to heavily invest into hybrid systems until the tech reaches a level they deem satisfactory.
As cool as the announcement of a new lineup of Ferrari’s seems, it’s actually just business as usual.
But what if Ferrari didn’t do business as usual? What if Ferrari decided it wanted to dramatically increase sales, and didn’t care so much about its brand prestige and message? It worked wonders for Porsche with models like the Cayenne.
Hit the break to see our self-destructing, five-year Ferrari plan; brand prestige be damned.
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
Sure, this review comes over a year since we first saw the 458 Spider, but there is no doubt that it is the best we have seen! Chris Harris got the chance to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Spider and drove it "like a complete idiot." Sorry, his words, not ours! Translated, this means he pushed the car to its limits and beat it like it stole his last £10. The result? Well, watch for yourself and be the judge of that!
Maybe a spider version is not as stiff and responsive as the coupe - many people think that a Ferrari should always have a top - but that V-8 engine is nonetheless astounding.
With 570 horsepower under the hood, it seems like the Ferrari 458 is inviting you to push it to the limits and it looks like there is always room for more. Chris Harris was happy to oblige, as he pushed the 458 Italia Spider about as far as it could go.
Enjoy the video. We definitely did!
Wheelsandmore usually releases programs in pairs so when they unveiled their latest project on the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, you knew that they were ready to release another one soon.
Soon, apparently, has arrived after the German tuner also unveiled a new program for the Ferrari FF. As is always the case with Wheelsandmore, the list of modifications included in their project mainly caters to engine modifications, a set of new wheels, and if it calls for it, a series of suspension tweaks.
In this case, the power upgrade on the FF comes in two stages. Stage One comes with an ECU upgrade with matching chip tuning, boosting the output up to 684 horsepower and 520 pounds-feet of torque from 660 horsepower and 504 pounds-feet of torque. Stage One will run you €3,782 (about $5,122 at the current exchange rates).
If that isn’t enough for you, you can opt for the Stage Two upgrade, which consists of enhanced ECU and chip tuning upgrades, and a stainless-steel exhaust system, netting an output of 700 horsepower and 527 pounds-feet of torque. This stage will drain your bank account of €9,244 ($12,521).
A new set of 21-inch 6 Sporz² ultra-light forged wheels were also fitted into the FF, all four of which have been wrapped with 255/30R21 Pirelli P Zero Nero tires. The wheels, in particular, can be upgraded to include a carbon-look center, white outside rim and white colored inlays. The rims and tires will run you a cool €13,361 ($18,097)
As for the stock exhaust system, that can be taken out in favor of a completely new stainless-steel, handcrafted exhaust system with remote operable valve flaps. This exhaust will set you back €5,042 ($6,829). With the new exhaust in place, Wheelsandmore was able to cut the overall weight of the FF and add an extra 20 horsepower. This stainless-steel exhaust system is already included in the price and horsepower output of the Stage Two package.
Lastly, Wheelsandmore is developing a suspension kit that is not quite ready. We’ll let you know once that hits the market.
All told, the program is right on up with what we’ve come to expect from Wheelsandmore. Impressive power upgrades, fancy new wheels, and a look that’s distinctly their own.
The Ferrari FF has been making its rounds as a special edition model recently, including a one-off appearance as Ian Poulter’s custom vehicle.
Recently, Black and White Car Rental Beverly Hills took another FF and gave it a nice freshening up for a special occasion: the Beverly Hills Police Officers Association Ball.
Apparently, it’s not enough that Black and White is the first company to offer the FF as a rental vehicle, but it also went out of its way to give the FF a unique look for the aforementioned occasion. The car was repainted in a black and white paint finish — coincidentally the same two-tone colors of law enforcement agency — with the car doors and roof painted white while the rest, including the trunk, hood, front fenders and rear quarter panels, were painted black.
Just to remind everyone of what the car is trying to honor, the Beverly Hills Police logo was emblazoned on the doors.
There doesn’t appear to be any performance modifications tacked into this special edition FF, but that’s not a big deal, as the FF comes with a 6.3-liter V-12 engine that produces 660 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty of muscle.
One of the most important Ferrari debuts at the 2012 Paris Auto Show was the chassis for the upcoming F70 supercar, but while it undoubtedly caught all of the attention in Paris, Ferrari’s stand included a few other very cool vehicles. Visitors have seen cars ranging from the new F12berlinetta to a very special FF that certainly has a feature worth mentioning.
This particular FF was equipped with a new full-length panoramic roof that allows for more light to enter the car. According to Ferrari, this new roof features "a special reflective glass (LowE) that gives occupants a genuine open-air driving feeling, while providing thermal and acoustic insulation."
No other details on this new glass roof were provided, leaving us to wonder if this will be a new feature for the sports car or just an attention grabber in Paris. Production for this feature would be a little controversial considering the added weight a panoramic glass roof would add to the FF, and the effect that weight would have on the performance numbers of the vehicle. The design for the FF is already questionable in many people’s minds; why add another negative by messing with the performance the customer can get from the 660 HP V12 engine?
Technically, there’s really no Ferrari FF "Ian Poulter" Edition, but seeing as this unique FF is a ’one-off’ that was delivered to British golfer Ian Poulter, then you can understand why this car holds special regard in our eyes.
Presented at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this particular FF also holds distinction as the first Tailor Made car in the US with an interior design that fits right up Poulter’s tee. No golf pun intended.
For his custom-spec’d model, Poulter opted to deck the interior of his pristine white Ferrari FF with a "Sabbia" triple-layer livery that’s finely complemented by black Poltrona Frau leather and tartan. Matching the peculiar chose of trim is the prevalent use of carbon fiber and high-tech fabric sports elements, which also comes as a first for Ferrari.
Despite earning fame as a professional golfer, Poulter is also a known car enthusiast with a garage that includes a Ford GT, a Bentley Continental GT, and a Ferrari California. With all due respect to those cars - and they’re fine machines by any stretch of the imagination - Poulter’s new, one-off Ferrari FF should definitely have a garage of its own.
Just days after we brought you the latest spy shots featuring the uprated 2013 Maserati Quattroporte and news that a California test mule was recently caught sporting what’s believed to be a turbocharged engine, we can now bring you a new video of the upcoming Quattroporte testing at Ferrari’s Fiorano Circuit. It seems that the turbocharged, Ferrari-sourced engine has made yet another appearance.
As we’re sure you know, both Ferrari and Maserati continually develop brand new technologies together and a force-fed Quattroporte would make sense considering that the Ferrari unit could have been in development for upwards of 4 years.
It’s obviously not yet clear if this latest addition to the Trident brand really was sporting a turbocharged engine, but if you listen closely at the 28-second mark where the test mule can be seen sliding around a corner, a turbo-esque sound can be heard.
Reports claim that the latest Quattroporte will feature a turbocharged V8 engine when it makes its official debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, while a six-cylinder supercharged engine may also be a possibility. With that in mind, this test mule may actually be fitted with the latter of those two units, but either way, it’s clear that Maserati is going to limit the forced induction sound when compared to the upcoming California turbo.
So, what do you think, does it sound like a turbocharger or a supercharger to you?
After Porsche recently released its sale and revenue figures for the first quarter of 2012, Ferrari has also joined in by proudly releasing its figures with all the crucial numbers going up also, suggesting that economies across the globe are beginning to make their way out of the Global Financial Crisis of late 2008 and 2009.
In just the first three months of this year, Ferrari managed to deliver 1,733 new vehicles to its ever-expanding dealership network, and sales in the United Kingdom led the pack achieving a 31% rise of sales this time last year. In a similar vein, sales in the U.S. were up by 16%, Germany up by 12% and unsurprisingly sales in the Middle East also grew by 23%.
What’s more exciting is the fact that all new cars ordered from Ferrari this year have all been completely custom, with buyers now offered the chance to personalize their machines to a whole new level with the Tailor Made programme. It’s important to note at this stage also, that the recently launched F12 Berlinetta played no role in this sale spikes as deliveries of it won’t begin until the second half of the year.
In line with this impressive sale figures, Ferrari managed to rake in 42.1 million Euros of profit, a dramatic increase of 17.2% from last year prompting Ferrari’s chairman, Luca di Montezemolo to state, "After an extraordinary 2011, starting the year with all the economic indicators on the rise is very satisfying indeed. We have a complete new model range brimming with technological innovations, and which deliver significant reductions in fuel consumption and emissions, down by 30 per cent on average." He continued: "At the end of the year, we’ll also be unveiling the new Enzo, a limited series model and our first ever hybrid car."
Now have a look at that last sentence very closely. We already knew Ferrari was planning to unveil the new Enzo late this year, with new hybrid technology also being previewed, but as for the new ‘limited series model’, we simply have no idea what that could be.
Perhaps the Ferrari 458 Scuderia will come earlier than expected?
This week’s episode of The Car Show packed many of the things that were vacant from the last week’s episode. Yes, we said it, there was much more Car Show and a lot less filler crap.
Some of the mini segments did make their way into the show, including 0-60 (one of our favorites), Behind the Wheel, and of course, One for the Road. Aside from that, there were more celebrity appearances with two different interviews and a trip up the German Autobahn and down the Pacific Coast Highway in an Audi R8 V10 Spyder.
If anyone finds Adam Carolla the least bit annoying then you’ll be happy to know that he participates in Red Bull’s SoapBox Derby and falls a little short of the finish line. One nasty scrape later and he still finds a way to piss people off. All for the love of cars.
Hit the jump for more details on The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 8.
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.
Remember a while ago Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa said in an interview: "As Enzo (Ferrari) would say, we will never do four doors. And we will keep this tradition." But today rumors suggest that Ferrari has plans to expand its line-up with a new model that will take on models like Aston Martin Rapide and the futureLamborghini Estoque. Apparently Pininfarina has already imagined a future four-door coupe and Ferrari will make a final decision soon. Until then, the Italian company will unveil a surprise at the upcoming Paris Auto Show.
If built, the future four-door coupe will be based on the replacement of the 612 Scaglietti, scheduled for 2012. It seems that the 612 is offering enough interior room for a second row of doors. Same rumors suggest that the future model will be built in limited numbers and will offer wealthy customers an alternative for the other four-door coupe models on the market.