The Updated Ferrari Portofino Caries an M Badge, More Power, and a New Transmission
It’s been just a week since we spotted Ferrari testing a facelifted version of the Portofino camouflaged from nose to rear, and the Italian automaker has already unveiled the revised model. It’s called the Portofino M, and it features a range of upgrades inside and out, a beefed-up V-8 engine, and a brand-new transmission. The first Ferrari to be unveiled entirely online, the Portofino M marks the return of the "M" badge. Short of Modificata, which indicates extensive updates, this badge has been used on a couple of cars in the 1990s and 2000s. Notable examples include the 575M Maranello from 2002 and the F512 M, the third iteration of the Testarossa, in 1994.
The 2021 Ferrari 812 GTO is an upcoming version of the 812 Superfast grand tourer. A return of the "GTO" has been rumored since before Ferrari upgraded the F12berlinetta into the 812 Superfast. Ferrari has yet to confirm that such a model is underway, but our paparazzi spotted a slightly modified and camouflaged 812 on the go. With Ferrari set to unveil two new models by the end of 2020, the 812 GTO could become a reality, and the "GTO" badge would return after exactly ten years.
Party Like It’s 1997 With This Review Of A Ferrari 355 F1 Spider
The Ferrari 355 is widely considered to be one of the prettiest Ferraris ever and the car that effectively put the company back on track after the near-miss that was the 348. With the 355, Maranello ticked all the boxes producing a car that was fast, gorgeous to look at, and moderately affordable for a Ferrari.
In 1997, the Italians upped the ante and introduced the 355 F1 which, as the name suggests, features technology that’s trickled down from the world of Grand Prix racing. The innovation remains one of a select few to be brought onto the market by Ferrari and JayEmm On Cars gives us a glimpse of how it must’ve felt to experience this car when it was new with this vintage-looking review.
Ferrari Roma by Wheelsandmore
Proving yet again that it works faster than a lot of aftermarket companies in the business, Wheelsandmore has officially unveiled its new program for Ferrari’s latest exotic model, the Roma. The expediency by which the German tuner works is known far and wide in tuning circles, and it’s no surprise that the subject of Wheelsandmore’s latest aftermarket program also happens to be a super grand tourer that was only presented to the world last November. The Roma is Ferrari’s latest super grand tourer, slotted neatly between the Portofino and the F8 Tributo in Maranello’s current model range. It’s arguably Ferrari’s most beautifully designed model in its current lineup. In other words, it’s the perfect muse for Wheelsandmore’s newest tuning program, and, in typical Wheelsandmore fashion, we see all of it in this new program for Ferrari’s latest galloping stallion.
For Once, Ferrari Didn’t Get Its Way, And It’s About Damn time
Ferrari has a horrible reputation for being overprotective of its name and brand image, easily to the point that it comes off as arrogant. Less than a year ago, the company even threatened to sue an Instagram user over posting a picture of his matching shoes on top of his very own Ferrari 812 Superfast – that’s how overly protective the company is. More recently, Ferrari has been in a dispute with Ares Design over the design of the Ferrari 250 GTO, one of the rarest and most sought after Ferraris ever made. Naturally, Ferrari (who probably spends millions each year in legal fees at the very least) did everything it could to protect its trademark, but this time it just didn’t work.
Ferrari Testarossa Explained - How it Was an Amazing 23-Year-Long Mistake
The Testarossa is one of the most beloved Ferrari models and that’s because of the way it looks. The increasingly wider rear fenders, the big strakes on the doors, and the cleanly cut front fascia gave it a unique look among the wedge-shaped cars of the era.
Its appearance in the Miami Vice TV series also contributed to its fame. However, the Testarossa wasn’t the car most enthusiasts thought it was. It was more of an experimental vehicle born out of customer complaints about its predecessor. It was a mistake that Ferrari promptly corrected by returning to front-engined V-12 cars in the 1990s, but it was an amazing car. The latest video from ISSIMI explains just that.
Car for Sale: One-Owner, RHD, 2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica HGTC
The Ferrari 550 Maranello is one of the most important modern cars by the Italian manufacturer, as it marked its return to a front-engine, RWD layout for its two-seater 12-cylinder model. The first such model in 23 years, the 550 Maranello was introduced in 1996 and updated in 2002.
The facelifted model was renamed the 575M Maranello and spawned a limited-edition Superamerica model. While the 575M Maranello was produced in a little over 2,000 examples, the Superamerica was capped at just 599 units. And one of these rare examples is now for sale in the U.K. by Bell Sport & Classic.
2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo by Novitec
Just as customers are now receiving their Ferrari F8 Tributos, a new aftermarket program is already available for Maranello’s successor to the 488 GTB. As most have likely guessed correctly, this program comes to us by way of Novitec, the Italian tuner that’s best known for its work on some of Italia’s finest supercars. This new program for the F8 Tributo is a chop off the old block for the German tuner. It’s tricked out with an impressive engine upgrade, a new set of wheels, and improvements to the suspension that should make the F8 more potent on the road and track. The package also comes with an aerodynamic body kit, but as it is with early bird tuning kits, the aforementioned aero kit remains in the oven and will be launched at a later time. Still, it’s hard not to like what Novitec already has on the table for the F8 Tributo. After all, it’s not easy to turn a 700-horsepower supercar into a bonafide spitfire.
No, This Isn’t a Kit Car, It’s a 1995 Ferrari 348 GTS
Pacific Coast Auto, a company which imports cars from the Japan to the U.S., just uploaded a strange-looking Ferrari on its YouTube channel. It features all sorts of modifications, some not quite tasteful, but it’s not a kit car, but an authentic Ferrari 348 GTS. Yes, it seems that the Japanese like to modify original Ferraris, too.
Ferrari is Still Planning 2 New Models for 2020, But They Have Been Delayed
In mid-April, we reported that Ferrari’s year of consolidation was likely to be more consolidating than expected with the two new models expected for 2020 potential delayed until 2021. This news was followed as the calendar switched to May with GMC delaying the new Hummer EV and Ford delaying delivers for the Mustang Mach-E. Fortunately, for Ferrari, the speculation about its consolidation wasn’t entirely true. A new report coming from Automotive News Europe says that the Italian automaker will, in fact, launch two new vehicles this year, but they will be delayed by three or four months.
We Might Not See a New Ferrari This Year After All
2019 kicked off a massive range expansion for the Ferrari brand with the introduction of the F8 Tributo, SF90 Stradale, and the Roma. Those represent just 3 of the 15 new models that Ferrari is planning to introduce between now and 2024, but with the COVID pandemic looming over everyone’s head, the expectation for Ferrari to unveil two new models this year on schedule has been up in the air. Now, we’ve learned that Ferrari has plans to amend its plans for the rest of the year in an investor’s presentation in May 2020, so the outlook isn’t exactly the best. Ferrari wanted 2020 to be a year of consolidation, and it could turn out to be more consolidating than anyone expected.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Just Proved Itself Against the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Video
Ford did a lot of things right with the Mustang Shelby GT500. It updated the Voodoo 5.2-liter V-8 used by the Shelby GT350 with a 2.65-liter supercharger, ditched the innovative flat-plane crank design of the GT350, and went for a more traditional cross-plane crankshaft, all while considerably upping the power output.
Plus, we don’t have to tell you just how much weight the Shelby name holds in the automotive industry. Then again, so does Ferrari. Or Porsche. However, as you’re about to see, that wasn’t enough to throw off the Shelby GT500.
Butthurt Incoming: Ferrari Says Designing Cars for Women is a “Mistake”
You would think that designing a car tailored to women would help drive more of a female customer base to the Ferrari brand but, apparently, that’s not true. At All. In a recent interview with Arabian Business Ferrari NV’s Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer said that designing cars for women is a “mistake,” but are we taking it out of context? Yeah; probably.
Ferrari has introduced the Roma, a car that is considered to be the most elegant and exotic Ferrari ever made. It features the latest concept of “Nuove Dolce Vita” (New Sweet Life) design that improves on a number of things, the most important of which is aerodynamics. The Roma has a traditional shark nose up front with linear LED headlights while the side profile is void of the usual side shields – a move that harkens back to the 1950s. The rear end features and active spoiler and a compact diffuser that just exudes the car’s sporty and performance-oriented nature.
The interior has an evolved version of the of the dual-cockpit concept that includes an individual cell for the driver and passenger – a design that gives the passenger the feeling of being a co-pilot. Interior materials include:Full-grain Frau leather Alcantara Chromed aluminum Carbon fiber
Power comes from a 3.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 612 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque – the former of which represents a 20-horsepower increase over the car it’s based on. The Roma, in this specification, can reach 62.1 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 200 mph. Ferrari has yet to release pricing details, but word has it that an MSRP of at least $225,000 is expected.
Ferrari Delays Its EV Plans, But It Has Absolutely Nothing to Do With Financial Stability
Word has been circling that Ferrari has delayed its plans to shift into building EVs until 2025, and it’s 100-percent true. Some outlets, however, would have you believe that Ferrari might not even be around by then – @FredericLambert from Electrek, I’m looking at you. The truth is that there’s a good reason that Ferrari has decided to push its plans for an EV from roughly 2023 to 2025 or later.
2020 Ferrari 812 GTS vs. 2020 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet
They might share the same engine configuration, but the 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS and the 2020 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet are two very different dishes. One’s naturally aspirated while the other uses the magic of forced induction. One is a purpose-built supercar while the other is the open-top version of one of the most luxurious full-size sedan you can buy today.
But here at Top Speed we have a knack for dissecting things, so we thought an in-depth comparison between the 812 GTS and the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabrio would be equally useful and interesting, even as they come from two different worlds.
The Ferrari Roma Is a Callback to the Past and a Look Into the Future
Ferrari’s run of new model releases in 2019 now includes the Roma, a two-seater supercar that pays tribute to the Italian automaker’s roots while also showcasing a new interior layout that could lay the foundation on what future Ferraris could look like — at least as far as interiors go — in the future.
The Roma joins the F8 Tributo, F8 Tributo Spider, 812 GTS, and SF90 Stradale as all-new Ferraris that the Italian automaker unveiled this year. It is fitting that what could be the last of this new model assault is the one that bridges the past with the future. Ferrari hasn’t revealed the price and availability of its new supercar, but expect more details to arrive soon.
Ferrari’s One-Off Creations is A List of the Most Desirable Prancing Horses of All Time
Back in 2008, Ferrari launched its One-Off personalization program to a lot of fanfare at that year’s Geneva Motor Show. The goal was to give Maranello’s most important clients the opportunity to create their own Ferraris. It’s been over a decade since that announcement, and it’s safe to say that Ferrari’s program has become a resounding success. Every year, a number of one-off Ferraris enter our lives, commissioned by an individual who Ferrari deems as one of its VIPs. Models like the 2012 Ferrari SP Arya, 2014 Ferrari SP FFX, and 2018 Ferrari SP38 Deborah have been built. Each of these one-offs is unique from every other Ferrari in existence, largely because they came to life as a result of someone’s vision for his or her perfect Ferrari. The 2019 Ferrari P80/C is the latest one-off Ferrari to arrive, but given the success Ferrari has had with the program and the growing demand among customers to get their own “1of1s” — there’s a five-year waitlist, in case you qualify — the P80/C won’t be the last one-off Ferrari in the world. On the contrary, this first ten years of the whole program could be just the beginning of what will most likely turn into one of Ferrari’s most successful customer-centric programs in its long and illustrious history. In case you haven’t paid attention over the last ten years, check out some of the most memorable one-off models that Ferrari has created.
The 10 Best Ferraris Of All Time
Picking the ten best Ferraris of all time is not an easy exercise, but somebody had to do it. Sports cars don’t come finer than those with a Prancing Horse badge, and in the 70 years that it has been around, Ferrari has built some of the finest and most desirable performance cars in the history of the industry. A lot of Ferrari models have climbed the ladder to iconic status, and even some of today’s models are on their way there, too. It took a lot of work — and arguments — but we managed to narrow down our choices for the ten best Ferraris of all time.
1962 Ferrari 250 California SWB Spider by Scaglietti
The entire Ferrari 250 line seems to have secured its place in the palace of automotive royalties for generations to come. With unmistakable lines, a variety of powerful but also reliable Colombo V-12s, and limited-run production, almost all of the late-50s to early-60s Ferrari 250 models command astronomical values at auction nowadays.
There are, of course, some stars that shine brighter than others, such as the 250 GTO, the 250 GT SWB, and, lastly, the 250 California SWB Spider built between 1960 and 1962. This is one of those short-wheelbase California Spiders but, despite its originality, it lacks the aura of the ex-Alain Delon ’barn find’ that sold for $18.5 million four years ago.
Besides the fact that Alain Delon once owned and thrashed that particular 250 California SWB Spider, what made it even more desirable were its covered headlights. Amazingly, the more sought after variant is, actually, the one Ferrari made more of: a total of 37,250 California SWB Spiders left the factory with covered headlights and just 19 were optioned without the glass over the twin circular headlamps. Read on to learn more about the strange case of a buyer-induced trend that goes against the otherwise untouchable principle of rarity.
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy by Scaglietti
The Ferrari 275 GTB is widely considered to be one of the prettiest grand touring cars built during the sizzling ’60s. Displaying an evolutionary design language influenced by Ferrari’s glorious 250-series models such as the 250 GTO and the 250 GTE 2+2, the 275 GTB came in both short-nose and long-nose specification, with the 3.3-liter Colombo V-12 first featuring two overhead camshafts before Ferrari introduced, in 1967, the 275 GTB/4 with four overhead camshafts. This here is a Series II 275 GTB or, in other words, a long-nosed version built towards the end of the GTB’s production run in 1966. It’s one of the last of just a few dozen 275 GTBs with an all-aluminum body shell that makes the car both lighter and rust-proof. Too bad it’s as expensive as a handful of Ferrari F40s.
Even fans of modern supercars and wedge-shaped obscurities from the ’80s would oftentimes come together and agree that the GTs made in the ’60s are a sight to behold: elongated noses, low rooflines, and a tail that usually ends with a stubby Kammback. It’s a well-known recipe and few applied it better than Ferrari. Designed by the house of Pininfarina, by now an integral part of the Maranello-based manufacturer, the 275 GTB came to sweepingly replace all of the 250-series models. It was designed to be more user-friendly, more practical, but without giving up on performance or the unique feeling of being behind the wheel of a Ferrari. Included by many publications on shortlists of the prettiest Ferraris of all time, the 275 GTB was also a successful race car and it also spawned an open-top version in the N.A.R.T.-commissioned 275 GTS/4 Spyders built between 1967 and 1968 (the 275 GTS featured a completely different Pininfarina body while the N.A.R.T. cars featured Scaglietti bodies in the style of Pininfarina’s Berlinetta design).