As automakers search for ways to meet the ever-increasing emissions and fuel efficiency standards, moving away from large displacement motors in favor of smaller, turbocharged alternatives is becoming an increasingly popular engineering trend, and the shift can be seen across the range, from economy vehicles and pickup trucks all the way to luxury sedans and supercars. CAR reports that, much like treatment given to the California T, which saw Ferrari ditch the California’s naturally aspirated 4.3-liter, 482 horsepower V8 in favor a biturbocharged, 553hp 3.9-liter V8, so too will the 458 Italia receive a smaller, boosted V8 for its 2015 mid-cycle refresh.
With the battle already well underway between the Porsche 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1, many have been wondering when Ferrari would finally unleash its own hybrid powered hypercar so we could find out how it stacks up against the competition. That day has finally come.
Chevrolet has published a video of the 2014 Camaro Z/28 lapping the infamous Nürburgring in 7:37.40 as part of 10 hours and 1000 miles of testing over the course of a week. That’s faster than the Lexus LFA, Ferrari 430 Scuderia, and Chevy’s own C6 Corvette ZR1. And this was in semi-wet conditions.
Ferrari is teasing its 458 Speciale ahead of its Frankfurt debut in September. Upgrades to the powertrain, aerodynamics, and other aspects of the car take its performance beyond that of the standard 458 Italia.
The highlight of today was the four-hour free practice session, which featured solid action until it ended in early and dramatic fashion, as Tracy Krohn slammed his Ferrari 458 Italia into the wall. Coming out of the right-hander after the Dunlop Bridge, Krohn appeared to lose the 458’s tail, spinning out onto the damp grass and gravel and spearing into a tire wall. The damage to the wall was so severe that the session was red flagged and eventually ended altogether.
If you peruse the back issues of Winding Road as frequently as we do, then you’ll probably be familiar with our last supercar issue (hint, it’s Issue 63). During that exceptionally fun month of driving and writing, we tested the then-new Ferrari 458 Italia, the Ariel Atom V-8, the Aston Martin Rapide, and a pair of very cool Porsche 911s.
That’s why we think it’s great that a new range of Ferraris are becoming classics. In particular, we have this ultra-clean 1992 348 TB. According to Ferrari nomenclature, the 348 badging represents a 3.4-liter, V-8 engine, while the TB means this is a hardtopped Berlinetta.
In particular, the middle of our index is populated with some extremely affordable performance machinery, which can be every bit as involving as cars that cost double or even triple the price. Perhaps the most exciting thing about this list is how it’s set to grown in the coming months. With cars like the Scion FR-S/Subaru BR-Z, Ford Focus ST, and Hyundai Veloster Turbo all set to arrive before the end of 2012, there should be no shortage of affordable involvement options.
While the official reveal of the eagerly anticipated Ferrari F620 GT—the replacement for the 599—isn’t slated to hit until February 29, photos of the newest front-engine Prancing Horse were recently leaked on GTSpirit, showing the F620 in all its V-12 glory.
It’s not often that Ferrari releases a new car but when they do, it’s always something special. The 599 GTB Fiorano, the company’s long distance GT car that’s been on the road since 2006, is due for a replacement and we finally know what the new car’s name will be—the F620.
We’ve been aching to see the Nissan Juke-R, Godzilla’s maniacal, crossover cousin in action for quite a while, and now that footage has arrived. This is the Juke-R, battling a Ferrari 458 Italia, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and a Lamborghini Gallardo on the streets of Dubai.