2016 has almost come to an end so it’s time to celebrate the cars Ferrari revealed this year. From the LaFerrari Aperta to the J50, this article has got you covered! Enjoy!
GTC4Lusso (Geneva Motor Show)
Ferrari revealed the next generation four-seater at the Geneva Motor Show back in March. It features a 6.2-liter V12 which produces 690 bhp and 697 Nm of torque. Acceleration is a lot better compared to the FF, it does the 0-100 km/h (60 mph) in just above 3 seconds. Like the F12tdf, the GTC4Lusso uses a four-wheel steering system which makes the handling a lot better. There are a couple of redesigned components on the outside including a reworked front bumper, air vents, the traditional dual rear lights on each side and a rear roof spoiler which adds 6% more downforce. A bigger infotainment screen got installed into the center console and the car comes standard with the Dual Cockpit screen which makes the ride as a passenger more fun. One of the biggest upgrades might be the name. The combination of GTC, 4 and Lusso is a bit weird so here follows a little explanation: GTC (Gran Turismo Competizione) dates back to the stylish 330 GTC which was built from 1966 to 1968. The number 4 stands for the amount of seats and Lusso is Italian for luxury. It refers to the beautiful 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso produced from 1963 to 1964.
458 MM Speciale (2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed)
The last official naturally aspirated V8 from Ferrari is this 458 MM Speciale. While it was testing at the Fiorano track, some pictures of the car showed up on the internet. Everyone thought it was the hardcore version of the 488 GTB. Nothing could be further from the truth, as it was a Special Project car based on the 458 Speciale. The MM uses the same 605 bhp n/a 4.5-litre V8 which brings the car a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph). The British buyer gave instructions to how he wanted the car: a more aggressive and sportier look, a front window which connected to the side windows, and the black painted A-pillars which dates back to the 288 GTO (1984 – 1987). Both bumpers are sportier and bigger, SP has added an air scoop and a little ducktail on the back. Two air intakes have been placed at the same spot as the 488 GTB. The Bianco Italia (white) in combination with the tricolore stripe makes it a simple, but beautiful spec!
LaFerrari Aperta (Paris Motor Show)
The LaFerrari Aperta, the most extreme way of enjoying an open-top car, got revealed at the Paris Motor Show back in October. When Ferrari announced the LaFerrari in 2013, it was no surprise a targa-variant was in the making. The car features the same V12 and electric engine with KERS producing a total of 963 bhp and more than 900 Nm of torque. Buyers were able to choose from two roof designs: a removable soft top or removable carbon hardtop. Aerodynamics haven’t been changed dramatically but the radiators are placed on a different angle to send the hot air underneath the car. Normally, hot air would be sent over the roof towards the back but when driving topless you don’t want that in the cabin. A new door mechanism had to be designed so they are now attached to the chassis rather than the roof. When press pictures were released back in July, all 209 examples were sold to trusted Ferrari clients. These buyers were able to choose from five different colours: Rosso Corsa, Nero Daytona, Grigio Ferro Metallic, Biano Italia and Giallo Triplo Strato. Additionally and at no extra cost, customers could order pinstripes that underscores the car’s lines. These pinstripes were available in a choice of 5 colours combined with the exterior bodywork colour.
GTC4Lusso T (Paris Motor Show)
Last October Ferrari revealed the GTC4Lusso T in Paris. With a turbocharged V8 it’s a different side of the mental V12 version. Visually, nothing got changed so the original Lusso design is still there to enjoy. Every change that has been made is mechanically. As said before, the car features a turbocharged V8 with a maximum power of 610 bhp which is 80 bhp less compared to its V12 brother. The car got a RWD powertrain instead of the AWD which makes it 50 kg lighter. The GTC4Lusso is the first Ferrari ever where buyers can choice between two engines, which is good for a couple of reasons. It’s better for the environment and new potential buyers will be reached. A sad thing is that this might be the start for Ferrari to stop producing n/a (V12) engines. There’s a big chance the F12 successor will come with the same engine option.
70 Style Icons (Paris Motor Show)
One of the coolest things a car brand can do is to celebrate their history and so did Ferrari. Not only the LaFerrari Aperta will be used to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari next year. At the Paris Motor Show the 70 Style Icons were introduced for the first time. The idea was to put a modern twist to 70 legendary Ferraris from the past. Each livery will be produced 5 times, one for every car in the current range: California T, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, F12berlinetta and the GTC4Lusso. In total 350 special editions will be sold each with a unique ID plate with the name of the model that inspired the design. All the cars are wearing a special logo of the 70th anniversary which is placed just in front of the rear wheels. Instagram account @70StyleIcons showcases all the available liveries!
SP 275 RW Competizione (Finali Mondiali Daytona)
Once every while a wealthy customer decides a regular Ferrari isn’t special enough, so they get in touch with Ferrari. Together with the Special Projects department and Pininfarina they start building the car to the wishes of the client. This one, the SP 275 RW Competizione, is based on the F12berlinetta in homage of the 275 GTB/C Speciale which got produced between 1964 and 1968. In 1965 this 275 GTB won the GT class at Le Mans. It’s no surprise the SP is a perfect reincarnation of the legendary V12-powered racer! Pictures will tell a lot more, but the most obvious changes are the air vents placed behind the side windows, the front wheels and the rear wheels. The car wears a Giallo triplo strato (yellow triple layer) paintjob combined with blue carbon accents. Stolen from the F12tdf, an aluminium fuel cap has been placed. To complete the car, both front and rear were completely redesigned. Other features include the unique headlights and the 20’’ aluminium wheels. Power comes from the F12tdf 6.3-liter V12 which produces 780 bhp.
LaFerrari for the Italian people (Finali Mondiali Daytona)
Not a new car, but worth to mention. Back in August CEO Sergio Marchionne announced Ferrari was going to build a 500th LaFerrari to help the Italian people in rebuilding their villages after the horrible earthquakes last summer. The auction was held at the RM Sotheby’s in collaboration with the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund. The final bidder offered an insane $7 million which makes it one of the most valuable cars build in the 21st century! It’s beautiful how companies like Ferrari can use their power to help people in need!
488 Challenge (Finali Mondiali Daytona)
Loads of followers reached out to me asking what all the hype around the 488 Challenge is about. Yes, it’s the third 488 race car but this one isn’t for a regular championship; it’s for the Ferrari Challenge Series. This event started in 1993 with the 348 Challenge which was requested by the Dutch Ferrari Club. Almost 25 years later, Ferrari announced the sixth Challenge car in Daytona. Although it features the same turbocharged 661 bhp V8 as in the 488 GTB, it’s a lot quicker due weight reduction and the enormous wing.
J50 (National Art Center Tokyo)
The J50 is an early Christmas gift to the obsessed Japanese Ferrari collectors. On the 13th of December, Ferrari unveiled their latest special edition. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan, so several Ferrari events were held throughout the year to celebrate this milestone. The J50 is a 488 Spider based car with 690 bhp instead of the standard 661 bhp. The Special Projects Department and the Ferrari Styling Centre made sure the car got an outstanding design. It includes some real throwbacks to historical models such as the 288 GTO and F50. The first Ferrari to set foot in Japan was a red 275 GTB which was bought by a man after he discovered Ferrari.
2016 was an amazing year, from travelling to the Paris Motor Show for the LaFerrari Aperta to visiting Maranello last summer. 2017 will be an even more insane year with events already in the pipeline!
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Happy New Year everyone!