Ferrari announces NZ price for FF Supercar – $635,000

November 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari has announced the price for it’s FF, a car which which represents a new direction for the Italian automaker. The FF mixes staggering performance delivered by its 660 bhp 6.3 litre V12 engine with the ability to use the performance under various conditions thanks to is unique four wheel drive system. It also has seating for four people and boot space that can actually be used for transporting luggage.

“This new Ferrari takes the prancing horse into new territory, matching the legendary performance, style and driving excitement expected of a Ferrari with new levels of ability thanks to its unique four wheel drive system and its spacious and flexible interior which makes it the most useable and versatile supercar built by Ferrari,” says Kevin Wall, General Manager of European Automotive Imports, the official Ferrari importer in New Zealand and Australia. “It is, therefore, no surprise, to learn that this new model has generated new levels of excitement and interest amongst both existing Ferrari owners and prospective owners. Although the first Ferrari FF will arrive for its new owner in early 2012, we have sufficient expressions of interest in Ferrari’s new super car to take us into 2013.” Continue reading “Ferrari announces NZ price for FF Supercar – $635,000” »

Anderson Germany carbon tunes the Ferrari 458 Italia

November 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Messing with the styling of a Italian supercar is always a risky game to play. But tuning firm Anderson Germany was undaunted when it worked over a Ferrari for its latest creation the Ferrari 458 Italia Carbon Edition special.

Visually the reworked 458 cuts a striking figure with some severe carbon fibre treatment that includes the front splitter, front bumper flaps, wide side skirts, a discrete rear lip spoiler, engine air outlets, rear side window air intake grilles and front bumper ventilation grille. But replacing all those parts with carbon fibre pieces still wasn’t enough so the lightweight material has also been used on the roof, bonnet, door handles and mirrors.

Performance from the Ferrari’s V8 engine has been tweaked to 464kw by reprogrammed software and a replacement exhaust system. Other upgrades include a lowered suspension kit and stealthy 21-inch alloy wheels with low-profile performance tyres.

 

Ferrari working on range of facelifted and new models

August 10th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

If recent rumours are to be believed Ferrari has a busy few years coming up with a whole host of new models planned.

Reports are circulating that Ferrari will present its new 458 Spider at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The 458 Spider will take the position of the discontinued 430 Spider in Ferrari’s range and will likely make use of a retractable hard-top.

Apparently a more powerful version of the 458 will appear in 2013, but in keeping with the lightweight model nameplates from the 360 Challenge Stradale to the 430 Scuderia, expect the new model to carry its own moniker. The Ferrari California is scheduled for a facelift in 2013, and the 458 Italia may also get a refresh in 2014, but considering the car just went on sale last year, that timeframe could prove incorrect. Continue reading “Ferrari working on range of facelifted and new models” »

Ferrari details 458 Italia hand-built engine assembly (+video)

July 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The meaning of ‘hand built’ may seem obvious but what does the process really involve? Ferrari has decided to show the world how it builds an engine by hand with a video detailing the process of assembly for the 458 Italia’s 4.5-litre V8 engine.

The 458 Italia motor is produced at home in the company’s Maranello, Italy factory and the thorough nature of the staff is amazing. Wearing surgical gloves it is an exact process for the hands and also the high-tech machinery involved.

The 458 Italia engine produces 419kW of power and 540Nm of torque, it comes mated to a dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox.

The video is in Italian with English subtitles, it’s an interesting watch, check it out below. Continue reading “Ferrari details 458 Italia hand-built engine assembly (+video)” »

Ferrari unveils Superamerica 45 custom special

May 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Special Projects team are showing off their coachbuilding skills once more with the release of its newest one-off special – the Superamerica 45. The 45 was made-to-measure for New York Billionare and car collector Peter Kalikow to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his first Ferrari purchase back in 1961. This special Ferrari will have its official debut at this weekend’s Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza in Italy.

The Superamerica is based on the Ferrari 599 and was designed, engineered and built in-house. The car is distinguished from the ‘standard’ model by features like a carbon fiber rotating hardtop, as well as a completely redesigned boot cavity to house the roof while it’s dropped down. Other custom touches include brushed aluminum A-pillars, wing mirrors and door handles. Also included in the package is a special chrome front grille. Continue reading “Ferrari unveils Superamerica 45 custom special” »

Ferrari launches online FF configurator

March 16th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Ferrari FF four-seat, all-wheel-drive sports car is the most radical machine to come from the prancing horse stables for quite some time. That may be the reason it hasn’t sold out yet for it’s first year of production, or perhaps it’s the hefty $360,000 USD price tag that is holding a few buyers back. Whatever the reason, Ferrari is out to inspire interest in the FF and has just launched a nifty online configurator for the new model on its official website.

A perfect distraction for Ferrari fans and day dreamers everywhere the FF configurator offers a crazy amount of personalisation options in exterior colours, interior aesthetics, wheel options and equipment features. Ever wanted a beige-coloured Ferrari with brown two-tone interior and yellow brake calipers? Well now is your chance to see what it looks like and live the dream for a moment. Continue reading “Ferrari launches online FF configurator” »

Ferrari FF shows off AWD system in the sand

March 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari’s new FF four-door four-paw model marks a radical new direction for the Italian automaker. It’s a true model of firsts with Ferrari’s first all-wheel-drive system and also it’s first production shooting brake body shape. Although it does have some history in coachbuilt specials like Drogo’s 250 GTO Breadvan and Chinetti’s 365 GTB/4 Panther which achieved iconic status in the 1960s.

Even with all the interest around the FF it has remained mysterious for most with only studio images being released. But now, fresh images of the FF have been released by the prancing horse showing its latest model battling the sand dunes and the snow. Apparently the sand dune images were shot around the grounds of the Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi. Among the new batch of photos are some interior shots that show off an exquisite leather wrapped cabin. Cows should look away.

Check out the images in the gallery below and click here to read more on the Ferrari FF. Continue reading “Ferrari FF shows off AWD system in the sand” »

Ferrari reveals radical new FF fastback with four-wheel drive and four seats

January 24th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari enthusiasts have been hanging out for a replacement to the 612 Scaglietti and it has finally come in a most radical form. Taking over as Ferrari’s flagship grand tourer the new beast is named the FF, which is an acronym for Ferrari Four. The new FF is quite possibly the Italian company’s most practical-focused production model ever featuring seating and luggage space for four occupants, a new all-wheel drive system and a shooting brake body style. Only three photos have been released for now with the model scheduled for debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show with sales to follow later in the year.

Penned by famous design house Pininfarina, the FF is a large sports car measuring almost 5 meters in length and 2 meters in width. The long roofline, rear quarter styling and the car’s general proportions are classic in shape bringing to mind the legendary Ferrari 250 Breadvan. But under the sheetmetal it’s all modern and while there is no photos of the interior yet apparently the FF can take four occupants and offers 450 litres of cargo space in the hatch which expands to 800 litres with the rear seats folded down.

There is also various custom options for the FF including six model-specific exterior colors and interior trims.

It’s not just the styling that has tongues wagging with the FF introducing Ferrari’s first ever production four-wheel drive system. Named 4RM, it is said to weigh 50 percent less than other four-wheel drive systems, meaning a near perfect weight distribution of 47:53 has been maintained.

Under the long bonnet the FF is powered by a brand new 6.3-litre V12 engine with a direct injection set up and Ferrari’s HELE tech including a stop/start system. The 12-cylinder motor delivers 492kW at 8,000 rpm and comes mated to a dual-clutch F1 gearbox. In terms of performance Ferrari claims the FF can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds and push on to a 335 km/h top speed, while returning a combined fuel economy of 15.4 l/100km. Continue reading “Ferrari reveals radical new FF fastback with four-wheel drive and four seats” »

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