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FERRARI FF TO GET NEW LOOK

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Slated for release in early 2016, the updated Ferrari FF will have even more power than the current model and will likely have an optional turbocharged V8 engine. All reports suggest that the Ferrari FF will still be equipped with an even more powerful V12 engine as the standard option. Expect horsepower output in this new V12 option to be closer to 700 hp.

The new engine option for the Ferrari FF will be a slightly reworked version of the new turbocharged V8 that is currently found in the Ferrari California-T. The all-wheel drive system is also expected to be updated and revised to increase performance. The Ferrari FF will ditch the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in favor of a new eight-speed gearbox.

Expect the interior of the 2016 Ferrari FF to also get revised with an emphasis on newer lightweight materials and an updated infotainment center. The exterior will also receive so weight reduction upgrades such as carbon fiber body panels. These updates will give the buyer a buffet of new options to choose from and should definite help to keep the supercar relevant for several more years as Ferrari continues to work on a replacement design.

FERRARI M458-T TO DEBUT AT GENEVA 2015

Ferrari, 458 Italia, M458-T

Car Magazine is reporting that Ferrari will unveil a twin-turbocharged variant of the Ferrari 458 Italia during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Named the Ferrari M458-T, this updated version of the Italia will be powered by a reworked version of the California T’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 capable of producing 670 horsepower. This is a 100 horsepower increase over the standard Ferrari 458 Italia. The Ferrari M458-T also has significant design changes in place to accommodate the twin-turbochargers, new intercoolers and improved braking system. The M458-T also has a restyled front and rear bumper with LED lights and improved aerodynamics. A Harman-Kardon infotainment system that Ferrari also uses in the California-T will be found in the M458-T along with a reversing camera.

FERRARI TO CUT 20% OF TOTAL C02 EMISSIONS OVER THE NEXT 7 YEARS

Ferrari, California T, LaFerrari, Hybrid

It is not possible for an automotive company to hide from the reality that emission reduction is here to stay. As the world embraces going green, the demand for more fuel efficient-eco friendly cars is reshaping the automotive landscape. Car companies must now produce fuel-sipping powerplants if they want to be competitive from this point forward. This can be rather challenging for automotive manufactures that pride themselves on performance and power. Classically speaking, power and fuel economy have not mixed. There is no better example of this than the muscle cars of the 1970s. For Ferrari, the challenge of reducing emissions while improving performance has been viewed as a way for Ferrari to separate itself from the pack and to introduce new models that are equally exciting as they are eco friendly.

Ferrari Powertrain Director Vittorio Dini recently told Automotive News Europe that Ferrari has plans to improve its current average C02 emissions of 270 grams per kilometer by 20 percent by 2021. This would create a new benchmark for the Prancing Horse of 216 grams of C02 per kilometer. “In the future, all of our V8s will use turbos,” explained Dini. For the V12 engines, Ferrari has elected to go with a hybrid system that better suits the V12 engines versus the heat that is created from turbos.

Evidence of this new philosophy can be seen in the new California T that ditches the naturally aspirated engine in favor of a smaller displacement, more powerful turbocharged unit. The LaFerrari is an example of how Ferrari has paired the larger V12 engine with a powerful hybrid system.

FERRARI UNVIELS THE NEW CALIFORNIA DREAMING EXHIBITION

Ferrari, California T,

The five-gallery year-long “California Dreaming” exhibition is now open at the Museo Ferrari Maranello in Italy. This exhibit is part of a one million dollar redevelopment program designed by Ferrari SpA to better welcome visitors to the Ferrari museum. Last year Ferrari welcomed 320,000 visitors from around the world, making the Ferrari museum one of the top museums in Italy. On hand for the opening ceremony of the exhibit were Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and the mayor of Maranello, Lucia Bursi.

The “California Dreaming” exhibit was designed to help promote the new Ferrari California T and to celebrate the rich and vibrant history that Ferrari has with California. The exhibit features historic artifacts, photographs and significant Ferraris that played a part in Ferrari racing in California. The exhibit included Ferraris from Hollywood movies, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Laguna Seca and Pebble beach.

FERRARI TRIBUTE EVENT BRINGS OUT 1,000 CARS

The Ferrari Tribute Tour recently took place on the streets of Italy bringing out over a thousand examples of the prancing horse. This collection represented the newest members of the Ferrari family such as the LaFerrari along with a wonderful display of vintage supercars. The Ferrari experts over at Shmee were on hand to capture all the excitement, their video starts with a LaFerrari chase and ends at the top of a hill surrounded by Ferrari madness.

AUTOCAR GIVES REVIEW OF NEW FERRARI CALIFORNIA T

The Ferrari California T is a completely new car that proudly displays a turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 with a redesigned chassis and a new Formula 1 gearbox. Recently Autocar was given the opportunity to take the 2015 Ferrari California T out for a spin. It’s safe to say that they were equally as impressed with the performance of this introductory offer from the prancing horse that is designed to attract first time Ferrari buyers.

FERRARI PROFITS UP 12% FOR FIRST QUARTER 2014

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Ferrari has announced that revenue is up 12% for the first three months of the year despite delivering 6% last cars than the first quarter of 2013. Company revenue hit $850 million with delivery of 1,699 models globally, 100 cars less than last year. Net profits soared to $75 million, a 5% increase over 2013.

Part of this success can be contributed to an ongoing strategy by Ferrari to produce fewer vehicles than demand requires. This technique was put in place to increase the value of both modern and vintage Ferraris. For the first quarter of 2014, Ferrari has reduced the number of units sent to Europe, Maranello’s second largest market. Another factor that has increased profits was the elimination of the entry level California.

Japan received twice as many cars in the first quarter 2014 with 128 units being delivered, 57 more than last year. Orders for mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have grown 42% since January. The United States saw delivery of 494 models, an 8% increase.

2015 FERRARI CALIFORNIA T WILL DISPLAY F12 INSPIRED STYLING

Ferrari, California T

The body design of the 2015 Ferrari California T will be heavily inspired by its faster and more powerful sibling, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. This new styling is the result of cooperation between Ferrari and Pininfarina. The grill and lower front fascia will remain similar to the out-going California, while the headlights on the new California will closely resemble those of the F12 Berlinetta along with an aggressive new hood. Other noticeable changes include a tribute being paid to the legendary 250 Testa Rossa in the form of pontoon-like fender flares that visually tie the front and rear ends together. The taillights will remain similar to the current model; however the new California will trade in the stacked quad-exhaust pipe layout for a more traditional quad-exhaust system that can be found on the F12 Berlinetta. Expect to find the reverse lights relocated inside the taillights similar to the setup on the F12.

2015 FERRARI CALIFORNIA T HAS BIG BOOST IN POWER

2015 Ferrari, California T, Turbocharged Ferrari

The 2015 Ferrari California T was recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor show with some significant changes over the previous model when it comes to power. For the first time since the Ferrari F40, a turbocharged engine has found its way under the hood of a Ferrari. This is the first of many models expected from Ferrari to include turbocharged engines.

The 2015 Ferrari California T will have a smaller displacement of a 3.9-liter V8 versus the previous model’s 4.3-liter naturally aspirated engine. With this smaller displacement comes a huge power boost in the form of a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 552 hp and 557 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 69 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque over the previous California. This new turbocharged engine is likely to be paired with the currently used seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Ferrari claims the California T will accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 196 mph.

Additional upgrades for the 2015 Ferrari California T include an upgrade to the steering, suspension, and braking systems. The 2015 Ferrari California T will have a new steering box, new springs, and the latest-generation Magnaride suspension. New carbon-ceramic brakes have been added to the California T that Ferrari Says can bring the California to a stop from 60 mph in just 111 feet.

2015 FERRARI CALIFORNIA SWAPS V12 MOTOR FOR A TWIN-TURBOCHARGED V8

2015 FERRARI CALIFORNIA, Ferrari, Twin Turbo
Previously known as ‘Project 149 M’, the 2015 Ferrari California T reintroduces the world to a turbo-Ferrari, something we haven’t seen since the F40 debuted in 1987. The “T” in its name, of course, stands for “turbocharged,” even though the California T is actually twin-turbocharged. The single T in the name is probably due to a another German automaker currently using “TT” for one of their models, plus California T just sounds better.
This new motor is expected to deliver 49% more torque with a peak output of 556-ft-lb and a fuel consumption improvement of at least 15% due to the turbocharged engine. The Ferrari California T will pack an additional 70 horsepower over the previous model, bringing the total to 560 horsepower at 7,500 rpm. For those that are concerned that the change to turbocharged motors will affect the sound of the Ferrari will be pleased to know that the Ferrari California T will rumble. This is in part due to the engine having direct injection, twin-scroll turbines, and a 90-degree V block, a flat-plane crankshaft along with a tuned three-piece exhaust manifold that promises to deliver a sound that guarantees that the California T sounds the way that a Ferrari should. The California T will also display the latest generation magnetic suspension, upgraded springs and the newest generation carbon-ceramic braking system.
For those more into visual will be pleased to know that the 2015 Ferrari California T will be available in two colors, the “Rosso California” and the “Blue California”. The 2015 California appears longer and lower than the current California despite carrying nearly identical dimensions. These new looks are a result of the 2015 California being stylized by Pininfarina who once again delivers elegant styling elements that make the 2015 Ferrari California T as beautiful as it is powerful.

HERTZ NOW OFFERING FERRARI RENTALS

Hertz Rentals, Ferrari, F430, Ferrari CaliforniaFor all those people that are sick and tired of mid-sized and econo junk being offered as rentals will now have the ability to ride away in style with the Hertz “Dream Car Program.” Hertz is now offering mere mortals the opportunity to taste the good life behind the wheel of some of the hottest supercars on the planet, such as the Ferrari California, the Ferrari F430 Spyder, along with non Ferrari models such as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the Lamborghini Gallardo.
Prices do vary depending on the vehicle, for as low as $395, you can take the keys to a Porsche Boxster or a Tesla Model S. For those wanting a little more, a $1,000 will get you behind the wheel of an Audi R8 or an Aston Martin Vantage. For those wanting to go all the way, $1,500 will put you in control of a Ferrari 430 or the California.
Hertz is definitely not the first rental car company to offer such a program; they are the largest company to do so. The “Dream Car Program” will be offered in 35 cities across America, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

CELEBRITY SIGHTING: ASHTON KUTCHER AND HIS RED FERRARI CALIFORNIA

Ashton-Kutcher, Ferrari California, Ferrari

Ashton Kutcher, the underwear model turned actor who is best known for his show “Punk’d” on MTV and his role on “Two and a Half Men” has recently delivered his best acting to date in the film adaptation of the life and career of Tech Giant Steve Jobs, titled… well, “Jobs” was recently seen posing next to his very impressive red Ferrari California.

For some reason Kutcher has this “I don’t know what to say” look on his face with his hands out in the “what’s the big deal” gesture. Well, for starters, the big deal could be the fact that he is standing next to a $200,000 supercar that is capable of doing 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds. Or maybe he is just hiding a bad hair day.

LAPO ELKANN PHOTO SHOOT WITH FERRARI CALIFORNIA

Lapo Elkann, Ferrari, Ferrari California, Fiat Group

There seems to be nothing more ridiculous in the world of Ferrari than a Lapo Elkann photo shoot. Unfortunately, Elkann likes to do photo shoots, making these scenes of a grown man in a red suit lying across the hood of a Ferrari “swimsuit model” style way too common. This shoot recently took place in Miami for reasons unknown.

Lapo Elkann is a New York-born Italian entrepreneur and Former Fiat marketing manager who is currently manager of brand promotion at Fiat Autombiles, group Fiat, and is a founding partner of LA Holding and current president of Italia Independent and Independent Ideas. Elkann is the grandson of Italian industrialist and principal shareholder of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli.

FERRARI 599 GTB STUNTING AROUND $2 MILLION WORTH OF LUXURY CARS

It’s not every day that you get to witness a Ferrari 599 GTB attempting to drift around a collection of luxury vehicles that includes a blue Rolls-Royce Ghost, no less than two Ferrari 458 Italias, the new Corvette Stingray and several Ferrari Californias.

That is just the case for these to aspiring stunters who put their amateur talents on display at what appears to be the roof of a parking garage in the United Arab Emirates. The two were thoughtful enough to rig the 599 GTB with cameras that give us views from all angles inside and outside the car.

CELEBRITIES WHO OWN FERRARI: ADRIAN BRODY & HIS BLACK FERRARI CALIFORNIA

Adrian Brody, Ferrari, Ferrari California

Adrien Brody has an extensive collection of cars ranging from undercover clunkers to top of the line Italian supercars, such as the 460 horsepower Ferrari California. The Ferrari California is possibly the most well-rounded grand touring convertible to ever come out of Maranello. Brody can be seen here using his to grab a hotdog from a street vendor in New York back in 2010.

Adrien Brody is best known for his Academy Award winning performance in “The Pianist”, a film adaptation of the acclaimed “Death of a City” memoir written by a World War II survivor and musician Wladyslaw Szpilman. Other films Brody has been in include Summer of Sam, The Jacket, Predators and Cadillac Records.

NEW PATENT REVEALED FOR FRONT END FERRARRI GT HYBRID

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There is no doubt that the LaFerrari is a game changer for the future of Ferrari supercars. There have been suggestions in the past by Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo that the hybrid technology used in the LaFerrari could make its way into the next-generation of Ferraris. This would be in direct response to increasingly demanding emissions requirements. A series of design patent images recently revealed show that Ferrari is developing a new model, which may be a front-engine turbocharged hybrid that could possibly replace the Ferrari California.
Pictures circulating online after patents were submitted, reveal a vehicle that takes most of its cues from current Ferrari’s, including the front and rear styling of the FF. The lights shown in this illustration are consistent with the lights currently used on the Ferrari 458, F12 Berlinetta and FF. The lower valance displayed in these diagrams appears to be a hybrid between what is found on the Ferrari FF and the F12 Berlinetta. Even with the illustration appearing to show a fixed-roof coupe, there are prominent cut lines in the roof that strongly suggest that a production version could include a removable roof panel or a folding metal hard top, similar to what is currently used on the Ferrari California.
The current Ferrari California is a rear-drive vehicle powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 483 horsepower and 375lb-ft of torque capable of doing 0-60 in less than 4 seconds. A slightly disguised Ferrari California was seen testing with what was rumored to be a twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter V8 that is currently found in the Maserati Quattroporte and delivers 523 horsepower and 523lb-ft of torque. These sightings and the release of patent images strongly suggest that we may see a replacement vehicle for the Ferrari California by 2017.

Ferrari Gives Discount to Lawyer Who Drowned His California

drowned_ferrari_californiaCanadian Lawyer Abandons Ferrari in Flooded Tunnel

Toronto lawyer Howard Levitt found himself in a precarious situation last July while trying to get to the airport during a rain storm. Sitting behind the wheel of his 2010 Ferrari California valued at $200,000, Levitt noticed that the tunnel he was passing through was beginning to fill with water. Determined to make his court appearance the next day, Howard decided to abandon his Ferrari in the tunnel and take a cab to the airport, according to the National Post.

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