Dodge confirms next-gen Viper for 2012

December 6th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It hasn’t been the easiest road for the Dodge Viper supercar recently. When the last model rolled off the assembly line back in July, there were only loose rumors about the possibility of a new generation. It was a few months later that new information leaked about a possible successor, which was to share a platform with the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, much to the dismay of hardcore Viper fans.

Now, according to The Detroit News, Chrysler has confirmed that next year the world will get it’s first look at the new 2013 Viper and it won’t be based on Alfa’s supercar.

“There won’t be a part of the car that remains untouched,”Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles said, and would apparently not rule out the potential for a brand-new V10 engine.

“Where the cabin is, relative to the wheels, is unique” said Gilles. “The Viper cabin is very rearward and the hood is very long. Few cars in the industry are designed with those proportions anymore” he added.

Late last year, Gilles confirmed that the new Viper would draw on the Alfa-owned Ferrari brand’s knowledge, but would not use any of its technology. “They really know sports cars. We just want some advice,” Gilles said at the time. “Ferrari is Ferrari, Viper is Viper. Please don’t go there.”

Mr. Gilles also added that the 2013 Viper will be “a more forgiving car to drive and accessible to more people”.

The previous generation Viper was an unforgiving machine, without any real electronic assistance it quickly scorned anyone who treated it with disrespect. While this has given the supercar a hardcore appeal a more drivable Viper is not such a bad idea.

How far Dodge plans to dilute the sports car’s aggro nature is not known for now. But Chrysler will be looking to keep a fine balance between the ingredients.

Sultan of Brunei to sell exotic car collection through NZ broker

November 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The world isn’t short of wealthy supercar collectors, but there’s few that can rival the mysterious collection of the royal house of Brunei. The collection is often the subject of much rumour and speculation, with only occasional leaks giving away some truth to its contents. That may be set to change because apparently part of the collection is now up for sale and interestingly, it’s through a NZ broker.

Among the rare and exotic gems up for sale are three Lamborghinis, two lightweight Porsche 911 Turbos, a Jaguar XJ220, one of only eight Cizeta V16s ever produced, the ItalDesign BMW Nazca and no less than 25 Ferraris, including an Enzo, an F50, an F40 and a custom-built 512 TR Spider.

The collection is rumored to be located currently in Singapore, but the broker is based in New Zealand with a website set up to promote the sales. Although the website does not disclose the liquidating owner, not many people except the Sultan of Brunei and his controversial brother Prince Jefri could assemble such exotic metal. What’s more, many of the cars have never been driven with the odometer only reading their original factory mileage, and all are worth well into the six and seven figures, making this one of the most valuable car collections ever put up for public sale.

To take a closer look for yourself click here to visit the Ferrari Collection For Sale website.

Ferrari 599 SA APERTA revealed – already sold out

September 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari has dropped the cloths off its new 599 GTB Firorano before its official unveiling at this week’s 2010 Paris Motor Show. However, Ferrari also announced that they will only be making 80 of this exclusive creation. Unfortunately, if you were planning on picking one up, it seems its to late — all 80 have already been accounted for.

The inspiration for this model comes from none other than Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina for their heavily influencing contribution for Ferrari designs.

Ferrari has said that the SA Aperta sits closer to the ground than just about any other of its creations. You will find only a cloth top will keep the rain off these lucky owners should the weather not suit.

Ferrari says that it has spent substantial effort into developing the chassis to maintain the same level of stiffness that the coupe version of the 599 enjoys. Needless to say you will still find the same meaty 500kW V12 mounted up front.

Ferrari finally recalls 458 Italia over fire risk

September 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The internet has been ablaze recently with images and videos of new Ferarri 458s on fire. In a rather slow response Ferrari has officially issued a recall of the 458 Italia.

According to the automaker, an adhesive used to attach a heat shield under the rear guard can ignite with high temperatures which can start a larger fire in the nearby engine bay. There’s been five reported cases in total, a number verified by Ferrari directly to Car and SUV.

To combat the problem Ferrari has designed a new heat shield that attaches with rivets, negating the need for the adhesive. Ferrari 458 owners are urged to call a dealer to schedule an appointment for the free fix.

There are eight 458s in Australia, but New Zealand has yet to have one delivered.

The Ferrari 599 GTO on the track

June 11th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Ferrari 599 GTO on the track

Ferrari 599 GTO World Premiere

June 10th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari 599 GTO World Premiere

Ferrari F50 Shooting Flames

May 24th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari F50 with a Tubi exhaust shooting flames.

Jaw-dropping Ferrari 458 Italia Action

May 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari is showing off the 562 horsepower car with improvements to fuel consumption and CO2 emissions that, they say, sets “the benchmark in this segment.”

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