Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Ferrari 458 Italia

As usual, Ferrari runs in at the most unexpected moment and steals my heart....

So the F430 replacement just got officially announced (with the pics I'm showing here), and a couple of details - 562 bhp at 9000rpm (!!!?!!), 392 lb/ft of torque and a 0-60 of 3.4 secs. It's got a twin clutch gearbox (similar to the one in the California), and there'll be lots more information at the official release/showing at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Loving the way it looks like a baby Enzo....

Oh yeah, and here's a bit of gratuitous music for your ears

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora, originally uploaded by Aaron in Denver.

So yesterday was the turn of Ferrari of Denver to host the Lotus Evora coming out party. Although they've been released over in Europe, you still can't buy one over here until the beginning of next year, so this was the first time for many to see one first hand (including me).

They're actually really nice - it seemed smaller that I thought it was going to be - they're not really that much bigger than an Elise, although definitely easier to get in and out of. The back seats, hmmm. The Lotus guy told me that he'd had people in the back, but I'm not sure - they're definitely of the plus 2 variety, and I couldn't see any legroom with a reasonable sized person in the front.

No-one got to drive them, but I was chatting with the Lotus guys who had driven them cross country - much more comfortable than an Elise was what I got out of them, while still handling well on the track.

Based on the estimated price over here, they're going to come in around the same price as a base 911, but in reality I think they're more likely to compete with the Cayman S form what I've read of the reviews.

Oh, and if you've got a spare $300k lying around, the guys at Ferrari of Denver just took delivery of an F430 Scuderia - it's sitting in the showroom right now with your name on it.......

F430 Scuderia

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Ferrari Friday

If the F430 Scuderia isn't fast enough for you, there's this little gem from Novitec - they added a couple of superchargers on there, along with some other bits and pieces to make sure you stay on the road, and sent it out for some lucky people to play with. Unfortunately, they decided their press car was going to be yellow, which is pretty unforgiveable in my book. And only an extra $74k over the base price? Bargain if you ask me.

Next up is the new California, moving it's roof gracefully from open to close. I think I want one now....

And that's it for now. Posting may be greatly reduced for the next 5 or 6 days as I take some much needed vacation, which will include leaving my laptop at home for the duration, so I can really relax and get some rest. Lots of photos to show at the end of next week no doubt though. And if you're around NYC and want to meet up (and we haven't already discussed it), I can always be contacted on Twitter if it manages to stay up....

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Matte Black F430

If you got a 200k supercar, would you paint it matte black?

Apparently this isn't even paint - it's an all over vinyl coat - does the paint survive under that thwn you realize you really just wanted your red baby back?

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Favorite Car

I know I spend too much time thinking about cars, but it's kinda enjoyable. Sometimes I get asked what's my favorite car - that's a tough question to answer, when there's all this choice out there. I always have a list in my head of different cars I would buy depending on the money I had available(which was why I ended up pretty happy a day after the STi got stolen), so I guess the true test would be "what would I buy if I just won $50 million on PowerBall. Well, after our agreed upon 4 week period of not spending anything, I would happily wander down to the garage down below and purchase the car in this video without any regrets whatsoever.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Name Change, Same Result

The long rumored, often lusted after F430 Challenge Stradale turned into the F430 Scuderia. Not sure I like the name, but I do like the results - power up to 510 bhp, weight shaved by 100kg, integration between the F1 traction control and E-Diff, and lots of smiles guaranteed.

Despite the press release from Ferrari, the official release is at the Frankfurt Motor Show (how does that work then....) by the retiree with the best job, Herr Michael Schumaker. One day, when I grow up, I'm going to race cars.....

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