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.
Maserati’s "Brand-New" V-6 Engine Is Actually Based on a Ferrari V-8
Maserati introduced the MC20 supercar with a twin-turbo V-6 engine called Nettuno. The company claims that this engine is new and "100% Maserati," but the mill actually shares parts with powerplants found in Ferrari and Alfa Romeo models. As speculated long before Maserati unveiled the car, the Nettuno engine is derived from a Ferrari V-8 and is similar to a V-6 that Alfa Romeo offers in high-performance versions of the Giulia and Stelvio.
Spy Shot Alert: 2021 Ferrari Portofino Seen For the First Time!
Back in 2017, Ferrari replaced the California T, its retractable-top grand tourer, with the Portofino. A much-improved version with a redesigned exterior and a more powerful turbo V-8 engine, the Portofino is about to get a mid-cycle refresh. As these new spy photos show, Ferrari is testing a camouflaged Portofino near Maranello, meaning that the 2021 model year could bring a revised version of the grand tourer. But are there any significant changes to talk about?
The Current Nissan GT-R’s Final Breath Will Be Though the GT-R50’s 710-Horsepower Engine
After 13 years in the market — yes, it’s been that long — Nissan is finally prepared to bid adieu to the R35-generation of the Nissan GT-R. The iconic supercar’s swan song isn’t expected to happen until 2023 at the earliest, but this early, the automaker is already preparing what Japanese magazine Best Car Web describes as a Final Edition model that will pack no less than 750 horsepower. This apocalyptic version of Godzilla will be limited to just around 20 units, ensuring not only its exclusivity but also the distinction of being the most powerful production-spec GT-R to be built. Expect to pay the motherlode when this mighty supercar arrives with a sticker price of 40 million yen in Japan. That converts to around $377,000 based on current exchange rates, though it’s hard to say what the conversion rate is going to be like once it arrives in 2022.
The Maserati MC20 Actually Sounds Decent In This New Video
Maserati just unveiled the MC20, a spiritual successor to the iconic MC12 with more than 600 horsepower on tap. But while it’s powerful enough to leave the MC12 behind, the MC20 is viewed by purists as a less attractive alternative due to the fact that it’s powered by a turbocharged V-6 engine. Granted, sports car fitted with V-8 and V-12 engines sound better when you floor it, but this new footage of the MC20 proves that Maserati’s new V-6 doesn’t sound half bad.
The Maserati MC20 May Be Cool But It’s No MC12 Follow-Up
The Maserati MC20 is the first supercar to come from the legendary Modenese automaker since the mid-’00s and, right as it arrived, the MC20 has sprung comparison after comparison with Maserati’s last mid-engined creation, the MC12. Many have already labeled the MC20 as the ’spiritual successor of the MC12,’ but we beg to differ.
Maserati MC20 vs Maserati MC12
Maserati just unveiled the MC20, its first proper sports car in more than a decade. Launched some 14 years after the iconic MC12 was discontinued, the MC20 is considered by many a spiritual successor to the
based supercar. But is this new car a proper successor to the MC12? Does it have what it takes to fill the void left after the MC12 was discontinued? Let’s find out in the comparison below.
Maserati Confirmed An All-Electric MC20: Here’s What We Know
Maserati just unveiled the MC20, a spiritual successor to the MC12. Unlike its predecessor, it features a twin-turbo V-6 engine instead of a naturally aspirated V-12, but it will be the company’s first flagship sports car in years and it will also go racing. More importantly, the MC20 will become available with an all-electric drivetrain. Here’s what we know about the upcoming sports EV.
2021 McLaren 620R with MSO R Pack
McLaren’s road-spec 620R is one of the most hardcore machines to come out of Woking, England in recent years. Not only is it the most powerful “Sports Series” McLaren in the lineup, but it was developed specifically to go fast. Nothing about the 620R counts as subtle, and that includes McLaren’s new “R Pack,” which the automaker is launching to make what is already a hardcore supercar even more hardcore.
Thanks to the MC20, Maserati Is Finally Relevant Again
I would be lying if I told you that I’ve been particularly pleased with Maserati’s lineup over the last decade. Once a company synonymous with performance and luxury as, at least in my eyes, become quite uninteresting. Now, 15 years after the MC12 thrived, Maserati is introducing the mid-engined MC20 – a car that doesn’t only mark Maserati’s return to the world of racing, but also gives the company’s lineup something unique and attractive. I’d even go so far as to say that this is exactly what Maserati needed if it’s going to remain relevant this decade.
Breaking: Here’s the Maserati MC20 Before You’re Supposed to See It
The 2021 Maserati MC20, the company’s first full-fledged sports car in a really long time, is set to debut today, September 9. The unveiling will take place in the evening, but we can already have a look at the new MC20 thanks to a handful of photos that have surfaced the web earlier than they should have.
You Have to Love Watching Ken Block Hoon The All-Electric Ford Fiesta ERX
Ken Block needs no introduction by now. The inventor of Gymkhana has gathered a huge fan base on- and off-line, and for good reason: he’s been sitting behind the wheel in cool rides since forever. Speaking of those, this time around, Mr. Block gets to shakedown the living daylight out of the all-electric Ford Fiesta ERX that he actually raced over the last weekend in FIA’s World Rallycross Project E race series. And as usual, some tire slaying ensued.
10 Things the Ferrari Purosangue Needs to Take on the Competition
Ferrari will build an SUV. I am not joking, the company made an announcement. It will be called the Ferrari Purosangue. That’s the official name of the Ferrari SUV. Ok, Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri implicitly said that he does not want to hear “that word” in the same sentence with the word Ferrari. “That word” being SUV. Ok, Camilleri, I will not do it. Ever. The new Ferrari... truck… will be the most amazing piece of technology ever attempted with the “that word” layout. Luckily, we do know a thing or two about the new Purosangue.
Digression: Is the word crossover any better? Maybe, but I feel it sounds too soft for the status of a Ferrari. The Honda CR-V is a crossover for crying out loud.
The new Purosangue may take a layout similar to what we have been accustomed to with the onslaught of performance SUVs, yet the Italians promised to make it a proper thoroughbred. Incidentally (not really), Purosangue translated from Italian actually means thoroughbred. Is it just me, or the name Ferrari Thoroughbred (in English) wouldn’t sound bad at all? We have a Superfast and we like it, don’t we? Enough with the strange ideas. Purosangue it is.
Christopher Smith of Motor1 explained how to pronounce it:
“PUR-o-SAN-gue. There are four syllables, with emphasis on PUR and SAN. Phonetically speaking, start with PUR, as in a cat purring. From there just say a soft O as in oh, then SAN with a long A sound like saahn, and finish with GUE, which sounds like way but starting with a g – gway. PURR - oh - SAAHN - gway. See? It’s totally easy.”
2021 Rolls Royce Ghost
The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost is the second-generation of the company’s luxury full-size sedan. Developed to replace an 11-year-old model, the 2021 Ghost features an in-house aluminum spaceframe and a new, slightly larger V-12 engine. The luxury sedan remains familiar on the outside, as the design is an evolution of the old model, but it boasts an all-new interior with state-of-the-art technology. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
A California Dealer Is Trying to Charge McLaren Money For a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
It has been a year and a half since Ford revealed the Mustang Shelby GT500, and yet here we are still talking about price gouging. The last time this happened, a dealer in Riverside California was asking $185,890, which stood for about $80,000 worth of “market adjustment” or dealer markup. This time, another overzealous California dealer has taken things to a whole new level of stupid.
2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo - Driven
The R35 Nissan GT-R has been on the market since 2009, so it’s getting pretty long in the tooth. Be that as it may, car enthusiasts everywhere paint it as one of the world’s best cars. It is, quite literally, one of the fastest point-to-point cars on the planet, something it can lay claim to thanks to its precisely tuned chassis, sophisticated AWD system, a monstrous twin-turbo V-6, and race-proven roots that cannot be denied. But, being more than a decade old, makes paying six figures a tough pill to swallow, so it begs the question, is the Nissan GT-R actually worth buying? Is it still one of the best-driving cars in the world, and does its performance hold a candle to the new sports cars on the market?
We set out to find answers to those questions and more, and Nissan was kind enough to lend us a 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo for an entire week to do with as we please. Needless to say, it’s been a very fun week and, despite the GT-R’s age, Nissan has done a fairly decent job of keeping things somewhat fresh and interesting. This is our story with the Nissan GT-R Nismo.
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.