Posts from ‘Ferrari’
The 2013 Ferrari FF should see no major changes following its introduction for the 2012 model year. For 2012, the Ferrari FF replaces the 612 Scaglietti as the brand’s flagship car. This 4-passenger, 2-door hatchback is Ferrari’s luxury grand touring car, and is the first production Ferrari with all-wheel drive.
The much-anticipated successor to the mid-engine Ferrari Enzo exotic sports car is speeding toward a public debut late this year as the first-ever hybrid from the Prancing Horse stable. Company chairman Luca di Montezemolo announced the timing in May without citing a specific date or introduction venue, but test prototypes spied in recent months suggest that the car is fast nearing completion. As a hybrid, the “New Enzo” will join a growing list of gas/electric “eco-supercars” that includes the BMW i8, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the still-to-be-named retail version of Jaguar’s 2010 C-X75 concept. All are due to hit the streets in the next two to three years.
Everything is so darn expensive these days. When I was a kid, Earl Scheib promised to paint our rides for under 40 bucks. “I’ll paint any car, any color for $39.95,” his slogan went. “No ups, no extras.” Nowadays, a decent paint job will run you four figures.
Most people look pretty good when they’re young, but, alas, beauty fades with age. And so it goes with cars—coupes especially. What was hot when new can pretty quickly look used and dated.
In rare cases, however, not only does that beauty not fade, it deepens. Truly beautiful women—I mean, honestly, naturally beautiful women—pretty much stay beautiful all their lives. I’m talking Grace Kelly beautiful here. And so it goes with a very rare collection of cars.
Maybe it’s just me, but carmakers increasingly are naming their products in ways that are confusing, cumbersome, unimaginative, and/or misleading. BMW manages to be a prime offender, but other manufacturers have much to answer for, too.