Archive for July, 2015

A few months after revealing the breath taking Ferrari 488 Gran Turismo Berlinetta (GTB), and a day after announcing finishing last touches on a more track focused F12, Ferrari revealed earlier today, in some private party, maybe for Italian cooks and Mafia men, a new model : The 488 GTB Spider. It is an Aperta version of the 488 GTB, with better driving sensations.

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Ferrari did not wait for the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show to reveal its newest toy, and just went ahead with it. The 488 GTB Spider still has the same 3,9L V8 producing 670 bhp, and a staggering 750 Nm in torque, which makes it by far, Ferrari’s most powerful Aperta. Going from 0 to 100 kph will take the same time as the coupe, 3 seconds flat. However, racing to the 200 kph will be .4 of a second faster for the Spider, in just 8.7 seconds. Still with the figures, Ferrari said that the Spider gained 50 kg in weight, and has a 23 % torsional rigidity compared to the coupe, thus creating a sportier drive. Power will be transferred to the wheel through a 7-speed dual-clutch Formula one transmission. Very light shifting is expected.

No need to worry about the aerodynamic performance, in fact, the 488 Spider does look a bit muscular. Ferrari announced also some aerodynamics improvements : A new rear wing, better curves, and air vents, active front bumper and blown rear spoiler, all made to reduce the drag, and give a better downforce. All this makes it the best convertible Ferrari ever made, from an aerodynamic point of view.  In fact, it has better wind channeling. All these numbers can make the car top 325 kph. Last week, a video was circulating in the Internet for a GTB breaking 341 kph, so wait and see.

As far as the roof is concerned, it is a light material hard top, Ferrari says the soft top weighs 50 kg more, so they dropped the idea of it. It is power-retractable, in just 14 seconds, same as all Ferraris. But, unlike the other Ferraris, whose roof folds in a 180° straight back way, the 488 Spider’s is split into two parts who fold one over the other inside the 250 L trunk. For Safety reasons, and like all the convertible Ferraris, Roof folding or unfolding is only done when the car is fully stationary.

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Fuel consumption will be around 11.4L for a 100 km, and C02 emissions will be around 260 g/km. There is no price tag on it yet, but it is expected to be close to the 230,000 €. It’s main rival is no Lamborghini, but it will be the McLaren 650 Spider.

ferrari-f12-specialeA rendering of what the next F12 “speciale” would look like.

This just in, Ferrari announced it is working on a more powerful, lighter Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. It won’t be a replacement model, as it will be sold alongside it, same as Ferrari did with the 458 and 458 Speciale. It will be sold in a limited number of units though.

The new F12, let’s call it F12 Speciale for now, until Ferrari decides of what the name should be, is going on a severe diet, in fact it is said that it will lose 200 kg (440 pounds) compared to the stock version. It is said also to have 30 more bhp to have a total power of 760 bhp of its 6.3L naturally aspirated V12. Racing from 0 to 100 kph will take 3.0 seconds or less. Ferrari will be aiming hypercar performance with this new model.

The car will be more “track focused” which means, no sound systems, no navigation systems, or carpets as a matter of fact, that is how serious Ferrari is taking their diet idea for cars. It is announced that it will be revealed in next March, in Geneva Motor Show, until then, we expect more spy shots of the testing mule, and more informations, maybe a video teaser.

Source : autocar.uk

The record finally belongs to the mighty Koenigsegg One:1. After last years inconclusive attempt, the Swedish car maker has brought its best to beat the world record by a production car. Just a few weeks back, the Koenigsegg One broke the 0 to 300 kph and back to 0 world record, but it seems not enough, what will be next??

Figures about the Koenigsegg One:1 :

Year of production : 2014
Units made : 7
Engine : 5.0 L V8
Power output : 1350 bhp = 1MW @7500 Rpm
Torque : 1000 Nm @3000 to 8000 Rpm
Max Torque : 1360 @6000 Rpm
Car weight : 1360 kg
power to weight ration : 1:1
Transmission : 7-speed dual-clutch
Weight distribution : 44 % to the front, 56% to the rear

Koenigsegg people (engineers and test drivers) said the record set 2:32:14 could be beaten, so would the coming days bring us another world record??

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105 years ago, in Milan, Italy, Alfa Romeo saw the light, and since, it hasn’t stopped impressing us. We all got impressed by amazing models such as The 24 HP, The 8C Competezione, The 1600 Duetto Spider, The Gran Premio Tipo A, and the list goes on, one will probably name all the Alfa’s out there. Some of the cars were excellent as racing models, others were good to take your family out in vacation. Alfa Romeo was one of the greatest constructors out there. And now it is back, with a sporty sedan, to celebrate the 105th year anniversary.

The new model is the Giulia, as in the revival of the Alfa Romeo Giulia of the 60’s. You can quickly notice the small calendar from the old model. However, the young model has improved. It feels sportier, it kept the Italian design curvy spirit. The head lights remind us of the Alfa Brera. The last Sedan model Alfa Romeo made was the 159. And now, back in the game, it wants to hit bad. Having its logo printed on the F-15T, Alfa fitted the new Giulia with a Ferrari V6 that produces 510 bhp, and pushes the car to 100 kph in 3.9 seconds. The Giulia will compete against German sport sedans as the Mercedes Benz C63 AMG, the BMW M3, and the Audi RS4.

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Sergio Marchione, CEO of FIAT Chrysler automobile on June 24th 2015, in Alfa Romeo Museum in Milan. He said that it will go in production in 2016, and less powerful, diesel variant are to come. The only variant presented was the QV (Quadrifoglio Verde). Also, it is said to save Alfa Romeo, since the company sold only 68000 units last year. With this one, they aim to sell 400000 units by 2018, Giulia, and there are 8 other models to come in the future 3 years.

Of course, competing with companies such as Mercedes Benz, BMW, and Audi requires good weapons, that is what the Giulia came up with. It is fitted with Torque Vectoring Technology for a better handling, and maximum stability control. Not only that, to reduce the braking distance, the Giulia has Integrated braking systems, all electronic magic that work together along with the carbon/ceramic brakes for a shorter, safer braking. It has active aero splitters, a large rear diffuser and a rear spoiler. Driver can choose between DNA (Dynamic, neutral or advanced efficiency) mode or Racing, to make the car go like a hooligan. It is lighter, the body is made from light materials such as carbon and aluminum fibers. It has a power to weight ratio inferior than 3, making the total weight close to 1,5 tons.