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BY: Bix

Future Ferraris Might All Go Turbocharged

Blame the usual suspects.

There's no replacing the sweet sound of a high-revving Ferrari motor.
September 17, 2013 at 07:18 PM
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BY: Bix

Ferrari 458 Speciale Is The 458 Scuderia

Faster, lighter, more powerful...but weirder-looking.

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Because revealing new cars at auto shows is just way too mainstream, Ferrari revealed the new higher-performance version of the 458 Italia almost a month in advance of the Frankfurt Motor Show where it was expected to debut. It's called the Ferrari 458 Speciale (not 458 Scuderia, because Ferrari apparently didn't want to reuse the name) and it's, not surprisingly, faster and more powerful than the 458 Italia.

August 20, 2013 at 03:07 PM
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BY: Bix

Ferrari 458 Italia Replacement Will Probably Go To A Turbo V6

But relax-it shouldn't be for at least five years.

There's nothing quite like the crackling, roaring sound of a naturally-aspirated Ferrari V8 revving up to 9,000 rpm. Then again, there's really nothing like the sound of galloping horse feet, either, and that wasn't enough to save them from being replaced when technology moved along.
June 14, 2013 at 03:21 PM
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BY: Bix

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Versus Ferrari 458 Italia. On The Nürburgring. (w/Video)

With Sabine Schmitz behind the wheel. Oh, this is good.

If you're looking for someone to hustle a car around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in record time, Sabine Schmitz is one of the first numbers you ought to dial. The blonde Bavarian bombshell has been kicking the 'Ring's ass for almost two decades—she won the 24 Hours Nürburgring two years running in the '90s, and since then, she's spent much of her time piloting BMW's Ring Taxi M5s around the track. According to one interview, she'd lapped the 'Ring more than 20,000 times...and that was back in 2008.

So if you were looking for someone to punt a Porsche 911 GT3 RS around the 'Ring, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than Sabine. Likewise, if you were looking to find a car worthy of challenging her (lightly-modified) GT3 RS, it'd be hard to do much better than a Ferrari 458 Italia—in this case, one driven by racing driver and RSRacing founder Ron Simons. And to capture it all on camera, well, you can't really beat a Nissan GT-R for a camera car.

The race seems, well, a little scripted—but then again, it's kind of hard to stick a camera car in with two competitors raging down the track at 10/10s, let alone ask them to move around for a better shot. That said, the end result is damn good television.

[via YouTube]

June 06, 2013 at 04:57 PM
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BY: Bix

Ferrari 458 "Scuderia" Order Books Are Now Open

Not that you'll know exactly what you're ordering.

Honestly, there's probably no other automotive brand out there capable of stirring up anticipation for a new model quite like Ferrari. New regular production models usually wind up with a waiting list 18-24 months long well before the first example is delivered; limited-production cars are often sold out before they're even seen in public.
March 20, 2013 at 04:56 PM
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