Ferrari has made a bold statement to commemorate their 20th year in China. An extremely limited edition of the Ferrari 458 Italia is being released to celebrate the company’s success in the country. Twenty of the cars will be available for purchase. The Ferrari 458 Italia is world renown for its beauty and speed with an incredible 35 awards won around the globe.
The “2012 Ferrari 458 Italia China Special Edition” boasts an massive eight cylinder engine. The limited edition car will be “Marco Polo” red that is available only for this car. Decked out with a gold dragon on the hood and gold rimmed tires the red and gold is set off with black racing stripes down the side of the sports car. China has long considered a dragon to offer good luck and fortune and with 2012 being the year of the dragon, it is a fitting Chinese tribute.
Each one of the cars will have specialized start buttons with simplified Chinese characters. A inset dash plaque denoting the special edition will be added to each one of the 20 cars. A beautiful leather interior and handling that Ferrari is known for in their vehicles is a given in the 458 Italia. The price has not been released.
The new replacement for the 599 GTB Fiorano, one of Ferrari’s oldest and most popular models, is finally here and it’s a show stopper. While some of the design is reminiscent of prior Ferrari models, the Berlinetta’s finished design is completely new, extremely functional, and has that powerful Ferrari presence.
Although this model is slightly smaller than earlier designs, the car still packs a powerful punch. The 6.3 liter V-12 engine provides an amazing 730 horsepower at 8000 RPM. This is Ferrari’s most powerful engine on the road, performing even better than the original 599xx Racer. The dual clutch gearbox allows the Berlinetta to accelerate from 0-62mph in as little as 3.1 seconds.
Due to the aluminum space frame of the car, it’s not only a touch smaller, it’s lighter. In fact, it’s a full 360 pounds lighter than the 599 GTB, which gives the F12 superior performance and handling, enhanced by the 7 speed dual clutch, which easily shifts weight to the back end of the car. There is an optional start and stop system available, which improves the Berlinetta’s fuel economy up to 30%, and reduces emissions by nearly 16%.
The design is sleek, featuring a larger front grill and front fenders that wrap, letting the hood come down the sides of the car. The “Aero Bridge” scoops, part of the design located between the cowl and the front wheel arches, is said to channel air from the front to the sides, reducing drag.
Interior features are top notch. The dash is redesigned with a sleek navigation unit. The steering column holds the switches that control the display screens. Interior colors and finishes can be customized to the owners discretion. Early looks at the new model have shown the interior covered in Frau leather with touches of trim.
The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was first sold for nine thousand dollars. This beautiful car quickly became used within races and won on a number of occasions. One of these incredible cars recently sold at auction for an astonishing 1.54 million dollars proving quality is vital.
Enzo Ferrari made the decision in the 1950’s to produce racing cars for customers with the funds and desire to own such a vehicle. The Ferrari 250 Gt was a force to be reckoned with as soon as it began its first race. Winning the Tour de France on the first try was a major turning point for the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta. One hundred and three cars started the exceedingly difficult event and only 36 made it to the finish line. A major feat considering that professional racers were driving competing vehicles that had long dominated the racing industry.
Only 84 of the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta’s were ever built. The construction was overseen by Carrozzeria Scaglietti who specifically designed the vehicle for racing. This extraordinary car boasted a three liter, V12 engine with 280 horse power and had the potential to reach unbelievable speeds. The Berlinetta had a 2800mm wheelbase and was an entirely hand crafted car.
The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta acquired a newly designed gearbox with a driver friendly location for the shifting lever. Berlinetta’s engine obtained modifications on the cylinder heads and intake manifolds. The crank shaft and valves were given an overhaul to help increase productivity and speed. The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was as luxurious as it was a complete workhorse.